As beautiful as winter can be, about the middle of February I’m simply over it. I long for the days of being out wandering through parks and city streets, my camera around my neck, smiling back at those who are willing to take a brief recess and turn their faces away from their devices to enjoy the blue skies and sunshine. I’m tired of making lists and reading about marketing and strategy and setting goals. I want to take what I’ve learned during these cozy months and get out there!
This past weekend I did just that and nature did not disappoint. Greeted by flocks of geese, bevies of swans, chattering squirrels and even a robin or two, I was giddy as I meandered through several parks in Warren County, Iowa. My only real difficulty being finding sufficient restroom facilities as most state park restrooms are still closed this time of year. Fortunately, I am an Iowa girl and I’m not above finding a good tree to hide behind but I was extra lucky and happened upon some very well kept kybo’s at Lake Ahquabi. It really is the little things.
Days like this one are simply to far and few between and I cannot amply express the gratitude I felt throughout the day. All the complaints of winter melted away with each click of the shutter. Taking the time to appreciate the ability to see, hear, touch and smell the beauty around me all make me love spring even more and help me to understand the importance of winter.