It can be hard making time to get outside when the air is crisp and the ice is plenty. One way to stay motivated is to have a hiking partner to keep you motivated and so you can hold eachother accountable. It's a good idea in this inclimental weather, in case of a slip or emergency, to have someone to help immediately.
As always, when hiking in poor weather conditions or on ice always dress appropriately and have proper footwear to ensure the best time outdoors!
This time of year Barne's Preserve has been a great park to get outdoors and moving with minimal hills but lots to see.
What a dramatic change from last month! December's photo highlights the bareness of the trees, the curves of the hill, and the all encompassing whiteness of the freshly fallen snow. The only green to be found is in the pines in the distance and the Christmas Ferns scattered around (they remain green all year long). The only sounds to be heard were the crunching of the snow and the laughter of the woodpeckers, otherwise a peaceful calm has settled over the woods.
Out in the forest it's easy to spot the American Beech tree, even in the winter when most trees have lost their leaves. The beech tree can be easily identified by not only it's smooth slate gray trunk but by it retaining its leaves through the winter (especially the younger ones). Sit quietly and you'll be able to hear the rattle as the wind brushes through the beech leaves.
December is here and with these cold dark days it's hard to get outside - even though these are the days it's most important to engage in physical activities to keep your mind and body in shape. I'd like to issue a challenge to all my followers to walk, hike, or run at least 3 days per-week this month, I'll also be accepting this challenge and posting interesting notes and finds on the changing environment and I hope you'll do the same on the Facebook Page.
Bundle up and happy hiking!
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.