Walking in a Winter Wonderland

We had a very uncharacteristic winter here, in that it was a real winter! I know, what west coast wimps we are to be so stunned about snow and ice! On a snowy Friday afternoon only a couple of weeks ago, my friend and I hopped into her car, and drove under 10 minutes away from home to a nearby woodsy park. There we met a bunch of friends for a walk. In total, there were five people and five dogs. It was really icy and there were lots of hills, so I finally got to use the crampons I bought nearly three years ago!

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{ Hi Miles }

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{ Hi Spencer }

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{ Winter Wonderland }

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{ Hi Tell }

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{ Gaggle of dogs, sniffing like crazy }

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(Above) This is one of my favorite photographs I have taken in a very long time! Here Tell is making “Snow Puppies” — the dog equivalent to snow angels.

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{ Miles looking happy and relaxed }

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Matching bums – This picture reminds me so much of Calvin and Hobbes

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{ Such good friends }

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{ Sniffing coyote poop together }

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{ Chain of friends }

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{ That is one goofy stalking face Tell! }

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I really get a kick out photographing Tell, he is becoming a real muse! Only a camera can capture these faces that the human eye misses in just a blink. Tell’s face goes from crazy to wacky to silly to regal in milliseconds!

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I tried to get a group photo of Tell, Spencer and Miles, but Tell couldn’t hold still! Since Spencer was the closest to Tell he found his antics the most distracting…

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Spencer: “Um Tell, I am trying to pose.” Miles: “Well I’ve been patiently posing, and because nothing’s happening, I’ll stay here as instructed but it doesn’t mean I can’t look around.”

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Miles: “Wait, do I look at you, or Vanessa? Spencer’s looking at her, but the camera is this way?”

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{ Look, he can hold still! }

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{ But not without flashing some seriously silly faces! }

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{ And he’s off! }

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{ Snowy frozen pine forest woodland water }

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Spencer was crazy about the new addition to the Kits pack, Dolly. Dolly is a teenager and was happy to have a playmate.

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{ Shannon & Tell ❤️ }

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I tried to take a posted picture of Miles, but Tell told him to get back into the action. Understandable priority on a fun hike!

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The three amigos: Miles, Spencer and Tell. Great contrast to the pictures from our summer adventures.

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Tell: “Let’s stay at the park!” But the people were getting cold and had far less interesting people things to do.

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{ One last Miles & Tell romp before hitting the road }

15 comments on Walking in a Winter Wonderland

    • Emma (author)

      Don’t be jealous! You guys have lots of fun too! 🙂

  • Mary Anne Hauck

    Just wonderful pictures. I despise winter, but these fellows make it look bearable. Thanks for sharing!

    • Emma (author)

      I clearly am a winter wimp, I choose to live where it is normally so mild! This year with all of the ice and snow that lasted so long, the part that ended up wearing on me the most was how much salt people put out. I was constantly washing Miles’ feet to prevent cracks and irritation, and carrying him over bad patches. What a pain! Therefore a walk in the beautiful, salt-free woods was a welcome break!

  • Shannon

    You have so captured for a lifetime that special slice of time – one hour that now we can go back to visit at the click of the key board. You are so talented.

    • Emma (author)

      I am so glad Shannon! Thank you for providing me with a muse! 😉

    • Darcy

      Beautifully said….

  • Carrie

    Love, love, love this post Emma – it was a truly magical afternoon.?

    • Emma (author)

      It was, thanks to your trail expertise! I can’t wait to visit you in your new location and find out what kinds of trails you find there — I can’t believe the ones you know about here that I’d never realized existed!

  • Danielle

    As always I love your photo stories! Tell sure does have some funny faces, and you’re right – Miles does look very happy and relaxed! Glad you got to enjoy a proper bit of winter – more than just the awful loads-of-salt winter!

    • Emma (author)

      Yes, we dont usually get a winter even close to what you get! I still feel wimpy when I look at the east coast temperatures…

  • Darcy

    Em, what fun! You had your “real” winter, and here in Boston we’ve had one moderate snow, which is gone now, and temps in January are 6 degrees above normal. It’s like we switched winters. The order got confused and you got ours! Fun though, for a change. Love your photos! Love all the action! Love Miles’ zig-zag tail in his final romp pic! So cute. How nice to have close by, off-leash places to run and play. At almost 11 years old Chester still plays like a puppy in snow! But he never, ever, (neither does Sally), ever rolls in snow to make a snow-dog-angel… rolling, according to Chester and Sally, is not on the menu… love you

    • Emma (author)

      Um what the heck Darcy!!!!!! I just checked the weather forecast, and we are going to get more snow here — 5 days worth along with well below freezing evenings… Everything is topsy turvy! Miles definitely has a zig-zaggy tale. My friends call it the “snake tail.”

      Miles agrees with Chester & Sally that snow is fun, but it is cold and messy — haha!

  • Frances Henkel

    We live in Chicago and understand salt. We have to use booties on Emma’s paws regularly. She does not make snow dogs but our previous Welsh loved making snow dogs. What great pix you took – made me smile! .

    • Emma (author)

      Frances, the thought of a Welshie making snow puppies made my day! And you are right about booties. If I experience another winter like this, I’ll consider them. I never thought about that aspect of them before this! Salt is so awful. Hugs sent your way and to my namesake WT! 😉

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