A group of us enjoyed a first of the year moon light snow shoe on the Saint Germain Recreation Trails. It was one of the warmer evenings so we encountered some cloud cover, but certainly bright enough with head lamp gear. The woods was heavy laden with snow clinging to the pines, truly a winter wonder land to view in the depths of the woods late in the evening. Sherry and Tom Stecker (Pincherry Group) hosted the evening with drinks, snacks and great pulled pork sandwhiches smothered with coleslaw... maybe a bit more than we needed to hit the trail. By the time we finished our trek we felt invigorated by the cool evening air, playful enough to not want to go home... wanting to replace the calories we worked off with deserts of more chocolate than one should have. The snow is a wonderful toy to have in the winter, which proves enjoyable for all ages!
A new idea to enjoy the fall leaves as they come down. Choose several large colorful maple leaves. Holding the leaf by stem fold at a slight angle upper 1/3 of leaf away from you and down. Begin rolling the leaf with fold on the inside in a tight roll, and then less tight as you finish the roll. Choose another colorful leaf with the same fold and continue the less tight roll. Use green nursery tape to secure the stems together. A truly pretty flower can be formed.
As Lofty Pines gets quiet we often see turkey moving about, but oh so skiddish. One afternoon as I was putting away lawn furniture I walked onto my deck to see this family slowly move along Plum Creek. I was sure my movement would send them flying, however, I was able to get my camera and catch them as they strolled through the playground along Plum Creek.
Lofty Pines is full of color and wonderful smells of autumn. One never has to go far to see an amazing collection and variety of color. This year the reds and oranges are most vibrant with yellows coming on late. As usual Lofty Pines holds one of the most colorful shorelines on Big St. Germain Lake.
Sunrise on Big St. Germain Lake, in early August was spectacular for Joanne Buckley, a guest at Lofty Pines. Joanne is an early riser, use to taking a train commute into the center the city of Chicago every day. Here in the north woods she still rises early to sunrises, lake scenes, bird and animal life that are quietly waiting to be noticed and enjoyed by mankind! Thank you Joanne for sharing this gorgeous photo.
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