This is it. Winter has arrived. The week ahead will struggle to rise above my minimum operating temperature. Day one and I am already going stir crazy. Not good.
Before the real cold arrived I thought a walk in the deep forest might be nice. It's headed to the Mississippi.
This is an Eastern deciduous forest in the winter.
The remaining greenery is mostly moss and ferns.
The once mighty hemlocks have died. Their skeletons are crashing to the ground. Because there were so many hemlocks on our land, the forest in places is a disaster zone. It is dangerous to walk beneath them still.
A rock outcropping rises in the forest.
I can see better the silver lamium that has crossed the path and begun its march into the forest. I will put a stop to that.
Back out along the byway, plants that need sunlight are seen.
The temperature kept dropping. Flecks of snow started to fall. The clouds fell to the ground. When they lifted, we had been rimed.
It's going to be a long week. Winter is here.