February is usually a rough month in the Midwest – no sunshine, freezing cold, snow, ice. Basically hibernation month. This past Saturday there was a break in the “winterness” and I knew we had to get outside and soak up all the vitamin D we could! I usually don’t think of hiking in the winter as very scenic, since everything is dead. Deciding to pull out my camera for the hike turned out to be a great decision because it helped me look for beauty in the winter that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise.
These little fuzzy dudes were one of my favorite things to photograph!
Oh, you were wondering what the definition of manliness was? See above. This guy is everlastingly patient with me while I stop every other tree down the path and pull out my camera to try to capture some cool little twig that happened to catch my eye. He will even pose for me when I want a model, regardless of how embarrassed he is when other people hike past and stare at us. On top of all that, he is always interested to see what shots turned out once we get home and I edit everything. I think I got a keeper, guys.
I had to get at least one to show off the brand new haircut. 😉 Not because it is particularly awesome, but because I don’t really care for my barber duties (“Maybe it is time for me to get a better duty…”) and always feel a huge sense of accomplishment when it is finally over (for a few weeks at least…).
It felt great to get outside and be reminded that even in the dead of winter God has surrounded me with beauty.
What is your favorite way to beat the winter hibernation syndrome?