Often, I need to remove myself from my technology-filled world and seek out the reality of nature. I discovered long ago that nature is best viewed at walking speed. When walking, we humans move naturally, under our own power; and our senses are fully tuned in to what we see, hear, and feel.

That is why I have labeled this thread “Weekly Walkabout.” I walk mostly on the beach near my home, but sometimes take short trips to walk in other natural places. Camera in hand, I try to see, experience, and capture little glimpses of what nature displays so freely to me.

This week, I returned to the warmth of Florida after spending Holiday time with my daughter’s family in chilly Indiana. Snow, cold, freezing rain, and gloomy skies in Indiana last week reminded me that nature has many faces, and that winter comes down hard on us at times. We are lucky that we can survive winter in our cozy homes, braving the elements only to shop or to go to work or to seek entertainment.

The human animal would not survive winter without our clothes, shelters, and grocery stores. We do not have warm fur, do not hiberate (although it was tempting to do so), or have the ability to gather food from a snowy, frozen landscape.

We can, however, like many other species, migrate south to warmer places. And that is exactly what I did. When I walked in New Smyrna Beach yesterday, I found that several of my species had made the same choice. There they were, in droves, basking in the warm Florida sunshine, swimming in the ocean, and wearing next to nothing. How odd, I thought. Didn’t anyone tell them it is winter?

Happy New Year, wherever you winter… Lyn :-)

2 Responses to “Winter in two places”

  1. Rory Says:

    Florida is the place to be this time of year. I see Florida members on Hiker’s Journal camping year round with no problems with cold.


  2. admin Says:

    Hi Rory, that is so true! We have many great places to hike, bike, kayak, and camp in my area of central Florida, and all throughout the State. There is much natural beauty here to experience… and ecotourism is important to local communities, too. Thanks for the link, Lyn

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