One of my favorite local hikes is anywhere around Bowman Lake, a small glacial kettle hole. My expectations for scenery were low because this is an icky-looking time of year. But this place even manages to look great on one of these gray and brown days.
The first thing I noticed as I began to walk closer was the interactive vertical lines of tree, reflection and cattail.
Then, my eye was drawn to the opposite bank with its little hill.
Even the angled shadows on the snow reflected so there is a chevron pattern imposed on the verticals.
First I walked around the lake. Here's just a general view from the back side.
I hiked for an hour and got a REALLY good workout. The snow wasn't deep enough to call the walking "postholing," but it was soft and mushy, and anyone watching would have thought I was drunk. Each step ended up at a different angle.
Here's my favorite picture of the day. Even though it's similar to one above, in this one the tree lines are so straight, and with the melting spots at their bases, it looks as if they are pins threaded through buttonholes to stitch the shoreline to the water.
Did I have a good time? What do you think?
After I walked around the lake I followed an old woods road for a while, and took some interesting close-up shots. Maybe tomorrow you'll see those.
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