Thursday, December 29, 2011

Finding Green in the Winter


I managed to get a walk in last week at one of the parks that make up our Hocking Hills Parks system that we live in the middle of. Sine the weather was still fair and the sun was shining for once I went walking up into Conkles Hollow to see what had changed since my last visit. Aside from the hush that had fallen over the parks which I mentioned in the previous posting there were still some things that were trying to hang on before the snows this winter come to take them down. 

CH_0024 The leaves on this little tree were still hanging on long after all the leaves were fallen.

There were still some berries hanging onto the green briars that the birds had not gotten to yet.

Some plants still stood like sentinels with their lovely seed heads intact.

They added texture to the grays that were all around.


On up into the hollow old trees were alive with growth from the wet summer we had.


Growing on old fallen trees….


and even some still standing.

There could still be green to be found along the trail from the thousands of woodland ferns growing on cliffs, tree trunks and…

on the hillsides. The snows well soon flatten them down and cover them until Spring.

It was  a record year for moss and algae growth in the hollow.
So many of the trees and rocks were covered with it so green was the color father up in the hollow.

For those of you who do not know it I have another blog and you can read more about Conkles Hollow and see more pictures by going to my other blog Natures Scenic View.


Until Next Time,


Giga said...

Tyle ślicznych zdjęć na koniec roku. Miło jest na nie patrzeć :-). Życzę wszelkiej pomyślności w nadchodzącym Nowym Roku. Pozdrawiam

So many beautiful images at the end of the year. It is nice to look at them :-). I wish you every success in the New Year. Yours.

myomyohi said...

I feel like I went with you. You paid attention to the same kinds of things I see when I walk. I always love the different textures, and i especially like the mosses, lichens, ferns and such. Thanks for taking me along.


Balisha said... the kids would say. Your pictures are breathtaking. I checked out your other blog and saw some beautiful ones there too.You have so many beautiful natural areas near where you live.

David said...

Hi Lona,
My first visit. wow!
Beautiful set of pictures here. I'd say elegant simplicity.
Can't wait to look around more.
You have a gorgeous garden blog....a treasure.
Tropical Texana

Anonymous said...

Lona, I did not know of your other blog and will check it out. I love your photograph, you have such beautiful finds.

Sunray Gardens said...

Some great photos Lona. Wonder if those Ferns are evergreen ones. If not they sure are hanging on.
Cher Sunray Gardens

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Lona girl this was wonderful to see! I used to play by myself in the woods when I was a young girl and I absolutely loved it .. the smell of the woods and every plant in it was such a comfort to me .. just looking at these pictures was such a wonderful feeling .. thank you : ) I wish I lived near you to see this amazing place .. but .. I know there has to be areas here as well .. I just have to get off my back side and look ! LOL
In the mean time .. this was a gift for refreshing my memories thank you !
Joy : )
I love seeing moss and fungus growing on trees like that .. let alone the smell of the ferns !

cherry said...

all that yellow in your header is beautiful as is all of your pictures.
I love the ferns... What a wonderful place. Happy, Happy, Happy New Year friend sure hope 2012 is a wonderful year for you and your family. hugs, from me

Lona said...

Giga: Thank you so much. Happy New Year to you sweet lady.

Myra: Can you tell I love our state? LOL! Happy New Year Myra.

Balisha: I live in a beautiful part of Ohio and enjoy the scenery. Happy New Year to you and Joe.

David; Thank you so much. I am glad you dropped by. I will be around to visit your blog. Happy New Year.

GWGT: I wondered if others knew about my other blog. Glad you enjoyed the visit. Happy New Year.

Cher: The ferns usually yellow and are crunched by the snow in the winter. They still look great so far this year. Happy New Year.

Joy: You crack me up girl. Happy New Year to you too.

Cherry: Thank you. Wishing you a Blessed New Year too.

Elephant's Eye said...

Feel sad, all those lovely ferns, buried under snow. But that is their life.

HolleyGarden said...

Very pretty. I especially love the moss and the ferns. How beautiful to see such green. Looks like a magical place.

Masha said...

So many lovely pictures! It is amazing how much beauty there is in little things, thank you for showing me.

Autumn Belle said...

I enjoy all your lovely posts and photos. Happy New Year 2012, Lovely Lona!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Lona Dawn..your blog, photo's and flowers are all perfection! How on earth do you do it??
Happy New Year, my dear!

leavesnbloom said...

I feel like I've walked that walk with you Lona - such beautiful photos and so similar to the scene in our woods just now aswell.

Have a Happy and Blessed New Year Lona.

Carol said...

Dear Lona, Your photography is so poetic! What beautiful details of your walk. Wishing you many blessings for the New Year! (love your new header!) Carol

Becca's Dirt said...

Outstanding photos Lona. Postcard perfect. Love the header and it makes me long for spring even more. I'm hoping to make it into the yard today to work on my new garden planned for spring. Happy New Year Lona and wishing you blessings in 2012.

Cat said...

It's always a treat visiting your blog! The bright, cheery yellows of your header put a big smile on my face! You've captured the essence of winter beautifully. Wishing you a wonderful New Year, Lona.

TheGardeningBlog said...

Your photos are gorgeous!

I wish you a very happy New Year and a stunning 2012 Garden!