We made few winter hikes in woods. Such a trip through the woods is usually longer endeavor. It may take few hours. Therefore I was thinking how to reflect that to you. Should I use the usual way and post every other day single image with two lines of text. Should I create new project gallery with all images and almost no text? At the end I have decided to create longer post with more images in it. That is also why it took longer then expected. Tell me if you enjoyed it. I only wish, that I know how to make possible to make image full screen on its click. That would be ideal.
Entering the woods
The woods start just behind the village. You walk few hundred meters through streets, then you cross river over the small pedestrian bridge. After few meters you reach edge of the village where you cross main road and you there. You may follow a road around the forest or you may cross directly into it. We did the second. What is quite interesting is the surface of the forest. It is a hill, but its surface is not smooth. As you may see from the photographs it has its own local hills. Trees are growing on it in all direction. In their length they raise, at the end, straight to the sky.
This forest is quite clean. What I mean you can walk between the tree’s trunks. There is almost no other vegetation growing in between which would make your walk difficult. That is why we always liked this forest. Kids could run anywhere, hide, jump. The hill gets a steep once you getting deeper into the woods.
At certain moment, almost at the top of the hill, we came to the place where a lot of trees where lying on the ground. Having they roots ripped of the ground. According some people in the village it is due the strong wind from last week. Deeper and deeper we go more such a trees are on the ground making our walk difficult. What really strikes us that we do not realize how huge these trees are until you face they roots about ground and whole tree horizontally on your level.
Out of the woods
After we climbed above or around fallen trunks we reached top of the hill with trees and entered meadow. This meadow connects two forests. The one we just left and other, rather different on other side. There was a little snow on top of last year grass. Sun was shining low and all was smelling by optimism. It felt like in romantic movie. We left dark forest with shadows of huge trees and entered sunny lit grass fields.
In the meadow
Thin clouds above our heads and sharp sun from behind created view in front of us. It got warmer as the sun was heating the grass. All snow was gone. Our walk on top of this meadow hill was relaxing and calm. We felt, above all of it. No noise from streets, no people shouting. Only our steps gave rhythm to our thoughts. As we progressed further, the meadow got wider and soon we saw another forest in front of us.
As we were getting closer we could see more snow under the tree’s shadows. It was quite clear to us, once we entered the woods, that its depth is not big. We could see another opening in front of us. There was standing calm tree on its own. Surrounded only by few bushes. In it, made from wood, is a bench. Is this place for foresters to watch the animals?
At the end
As we passed this spot we could see small wooden temple. Roman number four on it. Very nice wooden carved image inside. It is stop number four on small local Christ pilgrimage – Calvary.
We tried to go further. Thanks to Sun heating the air, the road got muddy. We entertain some out of trail paths across the forest, but surface got too hilly and woods too dense. After while we didn’t enjoy it anymore and decide to go back and be on time for dinner.