December and January are always months of reflection—pondering the year past and dreaming of the year ahead. With so much to preoccupy us while crossing the bumpy threshold into 2021, these reflections were best done by turning off our screens and getting outside. Please enjoy this collection of photos from our time spent welcoming a new year from the slopes, trails, and lakes of our favorite natural places.
Locals and commuters know the farmlands of the Skagit Valley provide habitat for thousands of birds throughout winter. Trumpeter swans, snow geese, and bald eagles—to name but a few—make regular appearances as they feed and rest in our fields, wetlands, and marine waters. And for our camera-happy staffers, these feathered visitors provide irresistible subjects.
With our moderate winters, lowland dwellers who love snow need only to put on base layers and traction tires, and gain a little elevation. Winter wonderlands abound up in the North Cascades and staffers got out there for snowshoeing, skiing, snowball fights, and magical moments like these.
Curiosities of Winter
One might think of winter as a gray time when not much is happening in the woods. But as much as any season, winter has its own unique magic and if we keep our eyes open, we can see that many curious things are happening!
appreciating our own Backyard
In this corner of the world it’s pretty easy to tumble out our backdoors and within a few steps be in nature. They may be the same trails we take often and the views we appreciate daily, but somehow they always offer exactly what we need—a breath of fresh air and quiet moments to find center.
Views from the Learning Center
It’s almost been a full year since things got verrrry quiet at the Learning Center. On a winter stroll around campus, it’s hard not to think of everything we are missing here but we still appreciate its many picturesque angles and are hopeful for the year ahead.
Changes in the Kitchen
Although we’re sad to say ‘goodbye’ as Head Chef Justin takes leave for a new adventure, we’re also excited that Dan has stepped up from our kitchen ranks to fill the role. Here we witness a moment in Learning Center history, the peaceful Transfer of Peel between the capable hands of two colleagues and friends. We’re so grateful to both of you!
Thanks for coming along on this photo round-up! As always, we invite you to share your own adventures with us—please reach out to us at email@example.com and your pics just might appear in our next round up!