Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sharing Paths!

In belief lies the secret of all valuable exertion.
                             Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (Baron Lytton)


The other day I broke trail with my snowshoes, it was hard work the snow was deep but I enjoyed every minute of it I must say. The next day when I returned I could see the Deer in the night had made good use of my trail through the deep snow. I started following their path for a while until I came to a crossroads, I chose the path to the East not knowing what I would see but excited at the unknown. This path widened as I snowshoed along, I think I must have chosen the right path as this one was obviously well used making it so easy to follow. There was not a lot of effort on my part as the trail was smooth and an easy hike. There must have been a lot of activity on this route as it was packed solid and smooth, and I was excited thinking of what would lie ahead.

The Deer path went across the top of the rocky ridge above Gracie’s Lane making it easy for me to follow without dodging those unseen covered with snow holes between the rocks. The Deer are careful and know where the ankle breaking gaps are hidden. I duck under some snow laden branches touching the ground. It is nice and sheltered here and I can see where some of the Deer had spent the night to rest, the melted snow in the shape of their little bodies leaving an imprint. It is -20c today and windy but I am so sheltered here I do not feel it. If I was going to sleep in the bush this would be the spot I would have chosen also.


I came upon a huge Deer track, I can only assume it is from a big Buck his hoof had punctured the snow and was about eight inches down leaving a perfect print for me to see.  This is why I love to come back here in the winter I would never see this any other time of year. I follow the path across the ridge close to the edge; I stand and look at my sitting rock with the century old branch lying on top. I will not venture close to my rock as it is perched close to the edge I know is there but cannot see. That would be a terrible mistake to assume I know where the edge is and I could possibly tumble to the valley below; I will stick to the wise Deer path. They know where the danger lies.


I finally came to the rail fence covered with snow; I look down to the valley and think of all the work that went into that fence. My Hero and I had worked for days building this fence and it was so hard on the edge of that ridge, I remember falling and sliding down the hill over and over.  I had wanted to quit so many times. I picked myself up every time and kept going sometimes with tears in my eyes. I am so happy to see it finished, it always reminds me I can accomplish anything if I just keep going and believe. It is a great reminder.


This would be the end of the Deer’s path for me to follow as I watch the tracks end, and begin on the other side of the fence. Some of the Deer almost did not clear the fence as they jumped over, their back hooves brushing the snow off the top of the fence. The trail continues on but I must turn making my own path in the other direction alone.  I continue on knowing I will be just fine.


Sometimes we all need help to get and stay on the right path but eventually we all must continue on our own, possibly making a path for someone else to follow later.

Later

29 comments:

  1. I just love the picture of your fence. You have a right to be proud of it! It looks like it will last almost forever!

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  2. Like Alice, the photo of the snow covered fence is lovely and the walk sounds like great exercise.

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  3. I love your fence; the pain and effort put into it make it invaluable.

    Psst, there's something for you on my blog.

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  4. That fence is amazing and a testament to you and your Hero's determination. xo

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  5. great photos, and just reading your post makes me want to consider going for a walk.....only considering it mind you, not actually saying I would go!!!

    Gill

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  6. It must be pleasing every time you see that fence!

    That deer track does look huge!

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  7. Smart idea to follow nature's signs and signals. The wild ones are a lot smarter than we are.

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  8. The photo of the snow covered fence would make a lovely Christmas card!

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  9. Oh boy do I love your fence, I want my husband to put a fence like that around our property. I love how you worked side by side with your Hero putting it up.

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  10. Sounds like a invigorating walk my friend. That fence looks amazing with the snow on it. Picture perfect.

    Hugs~

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  11. what a captivating entry b, i love the last sentence!!

    i must admit, i often take the road less traveled ;))

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  12. You're wise to follow the path Nature has prepared for you. I truly enjoy the virtual outings with you. Your photo of the rail fence and a beauty. Hubby has acquired some snow shoes and if the weather cooperates we're going out together today to see how they work.

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  13. just beautiful, buttons. your fence line is perfect.

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  14. I didn't understand the quote at the top until I finished reading your story. Perseverance comes to my mind. Your fence is beyond beautiful. I feel for the deer, but as you say, they do know how to live there. We followed tracks here yesterday, but how different, traces of snow and 25F no minus degrees here.

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  15. Lovely photos Buttons, and I love your thought at the end!

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  16. I love coming along with you on your snow covered journeys (safe in my warm chair). :) You have such a way with words and I love how you ended the post. Such wisdom!

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  17. Your photos are beautiful and I just love your last sentence! *HUGS*

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  18. What a lovely adventure ! Wonderful photos ! Thanks foe sharing it all with us . It is mild here with sunny periods I can see grass and they say it is to get warmer and rain for weekend ! Have a good day !

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  19. I love this post! So neat that you can see your fence you guys worked so hard on a realize nothing is impossible. Thank you for sharing with us :)

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  20. The fence. I want to know, how often do you repair it? do the cows respect it? and wanna come to Montana to strip poles? LOL

    I just realized that didnt quite sound right LOLOLOLOLOL

    let me rephrase, to take the bark off of young trees...otherwise I sound like the madam of the wild west recruiting canadian beauties from the north LOL

    oh feral woman...*chuckling all day now*

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  21. Hi Buttons-
    I have just loaded your lovely blog into my Grow Your Blog party! I look forward to
    your special post on the 19th -- latest updates are on my blog. See you at the party! So nice to meet you!

    Vicki

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  22. That rail fence is stunning! Wow!

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  23. What a fantastic deer track!

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  24. I loved walking with you tonight. Beautifully written.

    Good advice for all.

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  25. I loved reading this, Buttons. I too like walking in the woods this time of year as long as the snow isn't too deep or icy. :)

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  26. I love that long shot along the fence!!!
    I was capturing turkey tracks yesterday!! I wonder how they will turn out...

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  27. I love your words of wisdom at the end and your fence is pretty nice too! :)

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  28. What work that rail fencing must have been. But those are the works of art as well. A beautiful scene to came back to see often. I am just loving your wondering in the forest.

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