Up in the Blue Mountains last weekend.  It has become increasingly rare that T comes hiking with us these days, and it was so nice to have him along.  The weather was perfect - cold and dark to begin with, then slowly and slightly warming up, with the sun coming and going at just the right moments to keep us warm and bring things into full color.  The lush green grasses, plants, and wildflowers in bloom were so beautiful.  We hiked this trail a couple of times last fall and it was so brown, so desolate - also beautiful, but in a different way.  This place is a completely different creature in my mind now.  It's no longer a quiet, careful, resigned thing, but rather one that sings with life, movement, and freedom.  A change of seasons, a new perspective.  
by mlekoshi