Even on days like today with most of the snow melted away, winter hiking provides beauty and solitude. Although wildlife may be sparse, the sky grey, and all things green faded to brown, beauty abounds. You may find beauty in the color quartzite boulders, or the delicate patterns of snowflakes.
This time of year, sometimes that beauty is all about winter foliage. Once the snow does pile up, the stillness is incredible. I plan to borrow some snowshoes, head out, and prepare to be amazed. Until then, I'll be out admiring winter's dried foliage.