A Lovely Winter's Day

Hello everyone. I hope your weekend was grand! Mine was good. I finally got outside, which warmed my heart. The thing I hate the most about winter, besides the cold, is not being able to walk around in the forest. Saturday, while the ground was wet from all the rain we've been getting, the weather was in the 50s. I resolved to get outside somehow, and ended up choosing Fontanelle Forest down in Bellevue, NE. 

We've been here many times over the years, but when the ground is just too muddy to navigate I choose it specifically. The reason for this is their long, lovely boardwalk. So, I grabbed my new camera and we headed out.

The weather was fantastic, and I relished being out among my beloved nature. It was the first time I'd gotten out into nature with my new camera as well, and I'm reminded of how nice it is to have a good camera.

One of the trails that leads off from the boardwalk. While I sure wished I could have walked on the trail, I was more than happy to be on the boardwalk.

The sun was so radiant and warm.

A close-up shot I got of some fungus on a tree.

One of the neat things about Fontanelle Forest, is that there's an area where you can see the Omaha skyline off in the distance. Of course, having a fancy new camera, I really wanted to test my telescopic lens and see how clear of a close-up picture I could get. Here you can see the Woodmen tower, First National tower, and three buildings from the Henry Doorly Zoo, including the Desert Dome. To put it in perspective, it's nine miles from where I was standing to First National Tower.

Some of the trees are clinging on to their Fall leaves. The sunlight was streaming through some of them, making for a cool photo.

I love the spindly, spiny tree fingers of winter.


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