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Winter hike in the woods

Woman winter hiking in the forest

The start of 2021 arrived with a snowstorm and I couldn’t be happier. Finally the forests around town looked like a landscape from Narnia! The frost was biting at my cheeks as me, Dan and our friends set out for a weekend hike up one of the mountains here. It was Saturday and after a work week we all needed to get outside, and were eager to enjoy the fresh snow fall.

As we were hiking through the deep snow I realised just how much I’ve missed the quiet the forest when thick snow muffles the sounds.

We headed for one of the free cabins and our favourite spot. On the way we practiced the art of getting lost, since it had been a while since the last time and because familiar landmarks where hiding under the white blanket of snow. Once there we made a fire, enjoyed lunch and grilled some marshmallows. Ravens circled above us cawing, the fire crackled and we heated up chocolate chip cookies until the chocolate started to melt.

The most enjoyable parts of life really do lie in the simple things.

winter hike in the forest

“I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.”

Andrew Wyeth
stew by a fire in winter
I’ve used my food thermos so much since I got it in the fall!
outdoor fire
warming up cookies by a fire

ALL PHOTOS WERE SHOT USING OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 MKIII + OLYMPUS 25MM F/1.2 & LEICA 17MM F/1.7

About Author

Rania Rönntoft lives in Sundsvall where she works as a photographer, content creator and jewellery designer. She loves exploring craft beer and is passionate about nature tourism, slow living and close by adventures.

2 Comments

  • Nadia
    1 March, 2021 at 05:21

    I can not believe I used to hate winter! This winter has been pure magic with heavy snow and cold temperatures from the 1st of january til the middle of february. Pure bliss. There is something in the lazy winter nature that truly touches the soul.

    Reply
    • Rania Rönntoft
      2 March, 2021 at 10:22

      I think it depends on where you live and how winter is, if you like it or not. Down south where it mostly gets cold and icy it is not so great. But when you get the heavy snow, beautiful trees and the silence of winter… it’s something special. Finding ways to enjoy it outdoors helps a lot too. And it is indeed very nice to kind of slow down together with nature, only to spring back up with new energy as spring arrives :)

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