Finding Creative Warmth in the Caves of Winter by, Molly Jo Triplett
There have been days the past few weeks when the cold and very prevalent wet (not the lovely light misty rain,) have almost kept me from the woods.
I gazed out the window, cold even inside, wondering if it was going to be worth it.
One bonus when you venture into the wind and chill is that wherever you are going will be very quiet, and you will often have natural spaces to yourself.
If you have the right gear and you can stay warm and dry under layers, heading out when no one else is out can be ideal.
I received a new super wide lens from my parents for Xmas and I was excited to try it out; so my corgi Toby & I headed up to the Hoyt Arboretum on a particularly wet and dreary day last week.
Pro Tips: 1: If you can add a polarizing filter or circular polarizer to your DSLR lens during and after rain events, it will reduce water reflections and enhance contrast. 2: Carry a Golf Umbrella - It will keep your gear, you and your companion warm and dry.
My utter devotion to visiting the magical mossy woods most days will always win over staying in; and over time I have learned what it takes to venture out no matter what. The rewards have always outweighed the challenges.
Have you ever resisted an outing to later say, “Wow…I’m so glad I went!"
“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings