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Nature School :: Frozen Fog

With the promise of freezing fog in the forecast, I thought it was worth a try to drive up to the Snail Place.  This is the closest high elevation spot to our house, about fifteen minutes away.  It feels otherworldly, like the perfect breath of fresh air in the midst of everyday life.  It was the perfect antidote to all the busy work of Christmas preparations and the generally grey mood things have been in lately.

Rime Ice 1

I felt a little worried we wouldn't see anything, but right neare the top, we did!

Rime Ice 3

This was an impromptu trip, just a jaunt, really.  I'm so glad we went.

Rime Ice 2

It was absolutely exhilerating.  I cannot explain how full of wonder I was.

Rime Ice 4

Every stem and leaf became a new treasure to discover and wonder over.

Rime Ice 5

The sun was touching the trees, as you can see, and the ground was already littered with the falling ice.

Rime Ice 6

Nothing gold can stay, after all, but I think this day will be like the day we flew the kites.

Rime Ice 7

The fog stretched across all of Rich Valley, miles wide.

Rime Ice 8

Willow said she wanted to go out in it and float away.  Me, too.

Rime Ice 9


( 5 trees — Plant a Forest )
Dec. 22nd, 2016 08:16 pm (UTC)

So beautiful!

Dec. 22nd, 2016 10:37 pm (UTC)

If you have a moment sometime, can you share more about the rhythm of these nature school outings? How far away do you typically drive? What do you pack with you? What is your expectation of the children? What do you do? (I know you play your flute alot -- but is that it? Do you just chill while the kids play?)
Dec. 23rd, 2016 12:05 am (UTC)
I would be glad to. I'll do it next week after some of the excitement calms down. ;-)
Dec. 23rd, 2016 02:05 pm (UTC)
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( 5 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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