The first real measurable snowfall here this winter came a few days after Christmas. I had plans for that day, but took a detour to the Root River Parkway in West Allis to capture some of the winter magic.
It was a lovely, softly falling snow. Sure, roads were messy. But winter magic persisted. There were ducks swimming in the open water along the parkway, and birds like Juncos, Downey Woodpeckers, Cardinals, and Goldfinches flitting from snowy branches. Scenic indeed.
After taking in the beauty along the Root River Parkway, I went just a few minutes east to McCarty Park, in West Allis. It's amazing how a blanket of new snow can add so much sparkle to our neighborhood parks.
There were ducks and geese swimming in the open water on the pond, and a few others out walking the paved trails. I could see there was a good start to the base of the sledding hill. One of my favorite trees flanking the pond looked especially handsome with its branches frosted in snow.
This week, after our New Year's Day snowfall, I took a walk at Euclid Park. Another charming neighborhood park, just minutes from my house.
The walking path was mostly clear, and the snow was still fresh, the air crisp. This is a popular spot for local residents, but it was quiet at the time. Just a lone Red Cardinal and me.
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