Monday, January 21, 2013

A walk through the woods.....

to the Walney Pond Visitor's Center.  Gregg and I often come over here during the year, to get some exercise and also to enjoy the surroundings.  This time we didn't take any photos of the pond as we have so many.  The beaver lodge has been dismantled but further upstream we noticed he or maybe other members of his family have been hard at work.  The area had been 'tidied up', and although we know this has to be done to stop everything from getting too overgrown, we missed the wildness of it all, it seemed a little more desolate.   Trees have been felled and sawed logs were all along the trail, much wider this time and yes probably safer.  


This is the old smokehouse near the visitors center.  We could have driven to this location but today we wanted to enjoy our exercise and that's why we parked down by the pond and walked through the wood, on a slight uphill gradient, to get here.  The day was sunny and though not warm, mild enough not to have to wear a coat.  A good thick woolly sweater was enough.


Not a cloud in the sky, just a few contrails from passing airplanes.


The trees cast long shadows.

In a past visit and not too far from here Gregg once saw a fox but by the time I looked up he had gone.


It was very quiet with not much wildlife.  We saw a few birds high up in the trees but other than that not even so much as a squirrel.  We saw several couples, also families with young children.  We all smiled and said hello as we passed by.  Everyone was enjoying the sunshine.


This is a replica of a native lodge, a little worse for wear.


Hearts and signatures left all over this tree.  There were no other trees like this one.


These pretty hibiscus...... 


were growing in the hothouse attached to the visitors center.





This is the photo in my present header.  Gregg took it.  In fact he took many of the photos in today's post.








Gregg made good use of one of the sawn logs I mentioned earlier.  Soaking up the sunshine for a few minutes was lovely.








This young lady was carrying refreshments over to a group of young children who were having a barbecue  near one of the picnic tables.  They were taking one of the nature classes available.


We weren't the only ones enjoying the sunshine.




The old bee hive is a permanent fixture.  There are more modern hives nearby.  I was surprised to see several bees very active going in and out, but I doubt they were able to visit any flowers that day.  There were none to be found.  They need to be reminded it's winter.  Go back to sleep until springtime.










I hope you've enjoyed our latest walk near Walney Pond.  

27 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

nice wintry colors and shadows. like the viszla. :)

Country Gal said...

Awesome photos ! Looks like a wonderful place to walk in and around ! The photo of the dog looks like a Hungarian Vizsula if it is we had one they are wonderful dogs ! Thanks for sharing and taking us with you . Have a great day !

Shaun Gibbs said...

I really like that tree with all of the carving in it. Really sweet idea. The rest of the series are Fab, the fungi shots are spot on.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful natures scenes from your woods thru the woods. Hubby and I always enjoy getting out for some exercise and fresh air. Love the cute puppy dog and the last shot of the mushrooms is neat. Great photos! Have a happy day!

Lois Evensen said...

Yes, I enjoyed it very much. Thank you for sharing. :)

Debbie said...

looks like a great place to spend an afternoon!!

i miss being outside, enjoying nature!!

Don't unplug your hub. said...

Yes I did enjoy the walk Denise. I like the smoke house and the hound dawg too.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a beautiful place to walk. I understand what you're saying about losing the wild aspect, but it still seems like a wonderful place to get some nature and fresh air. I especially love those fungus growing on the trees, they're lovely!

Carletta said...

I'd love to have some of that sunshine here Denise it's only about 20 degrees here.
Beautiful hibiscus!

Cloudia said...

Hibiscus you see? Think of ME!

Did the visitor center smell smokey?



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grammie g said...

Hi Denise....I did so love your walk!! There is always things lovely and interesting to enjoy in the woodland no matter the season!!
Like that little smokehouse and the mushroom!!
What a nice day out thanks for sharing !!
Grace

Linda Gross said...

Gregg takes good pictures; so do you. Good picture of Gregg sitting, basking in the sun.

Leave It To Davis said...

My hubby and I love taking walks, and usually do on Monday, but had too much to do today....so thank you for taking me along on yours! I did enjoy it very much!

Carver said...

Beautiful place to walk at and explore. Thanks for taking us with you through your photography.

Kay said...

You're so lucky to live near such a beautiful area, Denise. These are such gorgeous photos.

Betsy Adams said...

What a great place to walk on a beautiful winter day, Denise... Great set of photos...

Hugs,
Betsy

Linda said...

A lovely walk with lots of little details
to observe and capture on camera. The header is beautiful and unusual.

SquirrelQueen said...

What a beautiful place for walks. I really like the old bee hive. Thanks for the tour.

diane b said...

I love going on walks with you and Greg. I love all the interesting snippets of winter nature that you and Greg have captured.

Icy BC said...

Gorgeous photos of a tour through the park, Denise..That tree with all the carvings on it is fascinating, but I am sure it isn't liking that much :-)

Mamabug said...

It's always harder to find things to photograph in the winter. Love the old fashioned beehive.

Tanya said...

what a neat place, i'll have to look it up :)

gigihawaii said...

I thought I had left a comment here yesterday, but I guess not. So sorry! Anyway, Walney Pond is a wonderful park to stroll through. You are very lucky to be able to do so. Great pics, Denise!

Out on the prairie said...

You are really in a warm winter. I went out the last two days very bundled up with temps below 12.

Linda said...

Hi Denise, what a great post! Your photos are fantastic, what a treat!

Rose ~ from Oz said...

Denise, I surely did enjoy this walk near Wanley Pond, the photos you captured are really very beautiful, I would love to see an after photo of those tall bare, sad trees in the summer with all of their clothes on.
Thanks for taking me along!

Marie said...

This was delightful, Denise! Nature in winter has its own beauty! I have a winter nature post to do this Wed for Watery Wednesday. I found looking at all the growth at rest was very peaceful. You got some great shots!