In search of winter

“If I were to name the three most precious resources of life, I should say books, friends, and nature; and the greatest of these, at least the most constant and always at hand, is nature. Nature we have always with us, an inexhaustible store-house of that which moves the heart, appeals to the mind and fires the imagination – health to the body, a stimulus to the intellect, and joy to the soul.”  –  John Burroughs

I’ve posted some photos from the fall to brighten things up a bit. On recent travels through Quebec and Ontario to visit our families, we found lots of snow, but here it is almost spring-like (ok, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch!).


Although it is beautiful, I expect this is the invasive species of Bittersweet (from the descriptions at Ontario Trees and Shrubs). It grows on the edge of the forest where I’ve found many native plants.

And these are close-ups of a Monarch Butterfly caterpillar and the milkweed (flowering) that it depends on.

Thank you for coming by and best wishes to you for the New Year!

30 Responses to “In search of winter”
  1. Meanderer says:

    Beautiful cheery images! All the Very Best for the New Year Farmhouse Stories.

  2. seekraz says:

    Beautiful photos…I love the close-ups!

  3. And best wishes to you, Cait! It’s always a delight to stop by Farmhouse Stories for a wondrous look at our world. And thanks for a lovely quote to close the year with.

  4. Fergiemoto says:

    Great photos! I especially like the detail and clarity in the caterpillar photo. Happy new year to you.

  5. sandy says:

    I love every one of these images. And that quote is so true.

  6. Sybil says:

    All the best for 2012.

  7. montucky says:

    Your photos are wonderful Cait, as they always are! The first one especially fit tonight for me because my plans for tomorrow include building a couple new bird houses the Chickadees.

  8. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

    Happy Holidays and wishing you all the very best for 2012!

  9. Donald says:

    some more great shots! same here on the coast of maine, not much snow this winter, so far anyway! wishing you both the happiest of holidays, and a great new year. i will look forward to many more great photos in 2012!

    • Maybe we will both see more snow in January – I hope so! Areas away from Lake Ontario seem to be getting a lot more snow this year. Thanks for your kind comments and visits through the year. Meeting people like you is what makes this so much fun.

  10. What wonderful photos and your quote on nature is terrific. Best of the new year to you! 🙂

  11. Beautiful images, Cait. wonderful detail and colour. Your words and images are perfectly prefaced with Burroughs’ quote; your post “moves the heart, appeals to the mind and fires the imagination – health to the body, a stimulus to the intellect, and joy to the soul.”

    Thank you sharing your vision and I wish you all the very best through this coming year.


  12. I just love your nature photography. Thanks for the splash of color. I was just out walking in our spring like weather and love the splashes of bittersweet I found out there. Ahhh, color!

  13. Sue J says:

    Is that a chickadee at the top? I am such an amateur when it comes to birding, so I may be mistaken. But for some reason I know the chickadee song and do love it. All the best to you in 2012!

  14. Lisa says:

    Gorgeous photos (that caterpillar one is particularly stunning). I’m really looking forward to what the your nature adventures in the new year – happy 2012!

  15. Barbara Rodgers says:

    Love the chickadee and the quote, Cait! The bright colorful pictures were a treat for my eyes this morning – we’ve had no snow yet and everything is dull brown and gray here.

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