Hovander Homestead Park (February 7)

Ready for another leg-stretching, we did some research to confirm that the boardwalk at Hovander Homestead had reopened for the season. It closes in fall and winter due to hunting in an adjacent area, so we hadn’t been able to visit it for a long time, but it was open at last!

The trail begins in a fragrance garden…

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Where, even in winter, there are spots of color and hints of fragrance: lavender, rosemary, thyme, crocus, hellebore…

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It continues on through the marshy grasslands…

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All winter-gold with the mountains far in the distance, and Mt. Baker obscured beneath low-hanging clouds…

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You think about big skies as being blue skies, but sometimes I think the skies look more eternal when they’re draped in clouds, radiant and intricate and ever-shifting clouds, stretching to the horizon in every direction, layer upon layer to draw the eye ever onwards…Now that’s a big sky!

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The dark, glassy reflections of the boggy pools bring a warm color palette to a chill day, like staring into the depths of a hot cup of tea, and observing your surroundings in muted shimmery likeness…

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And all around the rustle of dry grasses in the wind…It makes for a very brisk and invigorating walk! Even winter is a feast for the senses!

 

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The boardwalk curves through a little wet forest…

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Likewise reflected in sepia stillness…

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Each footstep rippled and dappled across the surface…

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And we stopped often to peer into the shallow water, in search of any movement other than our own. Thanks to Asher’s sharp eyes, we spotted a couple of muddy muskrat lodges, but other than that, it was just us and the ducks!

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Just like in the fragrance garden, winter fields reveal their own unique decorations…Picture-perfect seedpods…

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And the most unexpectedly brilliant flashes of color! In a sea of dusty-rose seedcones, a yellow blaze of twigs flashed forth, the only one I saw anywhere along the trail, making me seriously wonder “Who are you, and where did you come from?” 🙂

 

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A brisk walk on a blustery day is just the thing to get the blood pumping! Yay, God, again, again!

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