“When one tugs at a single thing in nature,
he finds it attached to the rest of the world”.
– John Muir
Every weekend I have been trying to go on a hike. Whether it be big or small, the point is to get outside, smell the fresh winter air and snap some really great pictures.
I live in Connecticut. A beautiful state overflowing with forests and wooded areas, which means trails around each and every corner no matter where you are. There is nothing better than waking up early, looking on the map (I use an app called AllTrails, a very handy tool that finds all sorts of trails nearby your current location), picking out a quick or long trail and hitting the road.
Below are some photos I captured on the trails I explored this month.
Devils Den Preserve – Weston, CT
January 8th, 2017
Had the chance to walk this trail on freshly fallen snow. It was one of the first snowfalls that really counted in CT. The air was crisp and the woods were quiet. The sun was shining and you could hear the water rushing though the creeks that frame the trail.
Mianus Maze Trail – Stamford, CT
January 15th, 2017
“Mianus River Park, a nearly 400-acre urban forest sandwiched between Greenwich and Stamford Connecticut, provides countless opportunities to reconnect with nature. It’s dramatic landscape includes the Mianus River and its tributary streams, wetlands, hiking trails, rock formations, a wildflower garden and even a cave”.
I really loved this trail. A nice quiet, family and dog friendly route with beautiful views. The trails themselves are so nicely kept by the town of Stamford which makes them great for bike riding and walking. There is also a river that runs along side the “Meander Trail”, which I loved.
Race Brook Tract – Orange, CT
January 21st, 2017
Dog friendly trails RULE! Not only can you walk your pup, but you get to pass by a bunch of other cute pups and their kind owners! This was a nice easy loop to walk. It was also almost 50 degrees too! The air was calm and warm while the sun cast the most beautiful 2:00 light. It was magic + double huskies = <3
Bartlett Arboretum Trail – Stamford, CT
January 29th, 2017
Final hike of the month. It was brisk but the sun was out so we made it happen. The Bartlett Arboretum Trail was an easy 1.3 mile loop that was much cooler than I expected. Along this trail were many other little side trails with the nicest hand painted wooden trail markers. The loop was quiet and nicely kept. There were several foot bridges that went over small ponds and streams. One of my favorite things to capture in nature are the cross sections of trees. They are always different, intricately beautiful in their own way. Like a thumbprint, they are never the same.
After looking over this post I just wrote, all I feel is joy.
Joy that I make time to go outside, even if it is only for a bit. Joy that I shoot photographs and feeling so proud when I sit down, edit them and gaze upon the finished product. I feel happiness when thinking about the times I spent meandering through the woods with the people I care about. To be lucky enough to capture those special quiet moments in nature.
Go outside. Take a walk. There is beauty all around and you can find it with an open mind and an open heart.