I had my first snowshoe forest foray of 2016 yesterday, just before sunset. Out my back door, through the field and down into the Acadian forest that stretches for many kilometres in every direction. It is easy to feel pleasantly lost here.
If I continue down through the mixed forest for a few minutes I will reach the river at the bottom of the valley. Along the way I pass through a stand of sugar maples - tapped trees taking a nap.
Starting in March these trees, and thousands of others like them throughout the forest, will provide Nova Scotia's earliest agricultural crop of the year - maple syrup. "Sugar-time" is an exciting milestone in the forest's yearly cycle.
But for now, it is a winter wonderland. The snow has arrived. This is one of my favourite times of the year. And the forest is one of my favourite places in nature. Heaven, right here in my back yard.