for weeks i hesitated going for a walk in our nearby woods because i longed for the snow. without the snow, i figured, the woods feel stale and brown and sad. yesterday, however, i had a day off and my brother and nieces were visiting, so we took a walk. well, it’s snowing today so it might have been the last pre-snow walk i take this winter. i’m glad we went. it made me realize there’s a unique comfort and beauty in a hemlock grove no matter what time of year it is or what it’s doing outside. hemlocks are home.