Starting the New Year on the Right Foot

I was taken by this rock formation along the river.
My new family crest.

My hiking pal Susan and I took our first excursion of the year on New Year’s morning, traversing the trails along the Roanoke River at the Explore Park.

It was stark, soggy from recent rain, a bit chilly and quite lovely for those who took the opportunity to look.

Here’s some of what we saw.

I like lichen’s colors in the dreary winter wood.
Some fishermen are luckier than others.
Susan makes her way through a recent obstacle.
Edible? Who knows?
A window on the world.
Black and white and color.
The old man can still climb.
Susan’s photo of our trail.
You can put your kayak in here.
Susan says this was an owl in a previous life, one she could save with a photo.
Slow running creek in a soggy forest.

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Dan Smith is an award-winning journalist in Roanoke, Va., and a member of the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. He is an author, photographer, essayist, father and grandfather. Co-founder of Valley Business FRONT magazine and founder of the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference. On Advisory Board of New River Voice.

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