I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas. After a long weekend it will be back to the same old, same old.
After all the weeks of Christmas reds I was looking for something different to look at so I dug into the picture archives to find some cheery yellows to brighten a cold day. Argyranthemum Butterfly Yellow
The sun is even cooperating today and has shone lovely for few days so no complaints about the weather here. No white Christmas here in the hills this year, just a bright sunny one. I even managed to get a long walk in to get the kinks out and some fresh air in the old lungs. It always makes one feel better when you can get outdoor in the air and walk around in the local state parks.
There are always people at the parks here visiting and looking at the wonderful rock formations, hills and views at any time of the year, even at Christmas time, so I was not alone on my walk this week because several hikers were there walking in the parks on the day of my walk.
Sunny Knockout Rose
But mostly as I walked up the hollows with tall cliff walls on either side of me I could not help but notice that the sound that I really missed was all of the chirping that the birds make in the summer have now all gone silent. There are no birds in the hollows at this time of the year.
Even the other hikers seem to notice how silent and quiet it is in the parks and everyone talks in hushed words like they are afraid to disturb the silence that surrounds them.
All you can hear is the rushing waters going over the waterfalls and the small creeks that run through the parks. Every cliff has become a small waterfall this year with all of the rain saturating the ground.
For me it was a time to get away from all of the Christmas preparations that had been with me all week and the constant drone of carols and commercial from the television. After you have heard them a couple of times they are no longer cute or funny and start getting to you. LOL!
The walk was a time to be out in the fresh air with nature and let all of that silence soak in and calm my spirits down like nothing else can. No commotion, no big discussions to make and really not thinking about anything, just listening to the silence.
I always come back home feeling refreshed and at peace.
Today while the sun is shining I will be outdoors taking down all of the Christmas decorations and storing them back away for another year. I want to get them down now before the snows start coming in and freeze them into place.
What do you do to unwind and calm yourself down after all of the Christmas hustle and bustle?