At high altitude, the change from fall to winter is abrupt.
Several October storms blanket us with snow.
Temperatures drop consistently below freezing.
The trails through the forest are snow-covered.
Evergreens branches bend under the weight of white.
I walk carefully using poles for balance.
Soon there will be enough coverage for touring skis.
My physical therapy appointments are finished, but I have "homework."
Exercises for core strength, flexibility, and balance are a daily routine.
I continue to focus on correct posture.
New habits take the place of old, but mindfulness is necessary.
|this bull wears two red ear tags - he's being studied by the forest service|
Moose are in rut and roam near the house.
|a cow with twin yearling calves grazes across the street from my house - she's wearing a gps collar|
notice how her ruff is raised and her ears are back - she sees me on an upper deck and is in protective mode
When I'm outside, I'm alert.
Bulls skirmish in a quest to win a cow's favor.
I won't stand in the way of love!
I say hello to foxes I see daily.
They stop and wait to see if I'll feed them.
When they don't get a handout, they continue on their way.
A new storm is churning gray clouds over the mountains.
We sit by the fire and wonder:
How can it be winter already?
A warm house is my one good thing today.
I also give thanks for the wildlife that roams so close to my home.