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While a summer walk in the woods is a passage into a soft, dappled landscape

in which the hiker is brushed quietly by velvet leaves

and warm breaths of wind with comfortable padding to step upon,

the same walk in deep winter is a very different experience.

The air is bracing, making the hiker aware; the plants are brittle

and unyielding so that moving is done alertly; and the path crunches

underfoot transforming the journey into an exercise in rhythmic percussion.

A winter’s walk is one straight into an arena of sensory response.

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