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  1. The weather on Tuesday was sublime with air temperatures in the mid-tens; about 15ºC. Much of the snow in the backyard had melted, but the grass and ground sill felt soggy underfoot. Still, I wanted to satisfy my urge to be outdoors. I had been inside for far too long during the cold, grey and snow damp weeks of January and February. I am still looking for new contract opportunities, and without work to distract me, being at home was affecting my mental health. I was tired of the fluorescent glow from the iMac’s display. I wanted to feel some natural light on my face. I decide to hike the Aunt Molly Trail on St. Michael’s Preserve.
    Tuesday 9 March, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 1/400 sec at f/11 | ISO 400
    Tuesday 9 March, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 1/280 sec at f/11 | ISO 400
    The first part of the trail was a mixture of ice, water, mud and snow slushy. But once I got up the steep incline near the brook, things changed as the hiking trail opened. The sun fell and soaked my face in cosmic rays of warmth.
    Tuesday 9 March, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 1/1400 sec at f/11 | ISO 400
    Tuesday 9 March, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 1/350 sec at f/10 | ISO 400
    Tuesday 9 March, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 1/750 sec at f/11 | ISO 400
    The trail changed to a crunch layer of packed snow. I could see that many other hikers had trampled the snow and packed it onto the trail.
    Tuesday 9 March, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 1/350 sec at f/11 | ISO 400
    Despite the warmer weather and exposure to full sun, there were large patches of snow. In some places, there was still so much snow that I could not see the trail.
    Tuesday 9 March, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 1/250 sec at f/7.1 | ISO 400
    Tuesday 9 March, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 1/500 sec at f/11 | ISO 400
    Tuesday 9 March, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 1/2500 sec at f/2.8 | ISO 400
    In other areas, the leaf biomass’s warmth and the lichen had melted the snow to reveal green patches, not just from the Holly.
    Tuesday 9 March, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 1/1250 sec at f/2.8 | ISO 400
    Tuesday 9 March, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 1/40 sec at f/13 | ISO 200
    Tuesday 9 March, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 1/180 sec at f/2.8 | ISO 200
    I could hear bird song even as the trail changed from ice and snow to mud and ice and ice and water.
    Tuesday 9 March, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 1/500 sec at f/2.8 | ISO 200
    Tuesday 9 March, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 1/90 sec at f/11 | ISO 400
    Tuesday 9 March, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 1/1700 sec at f/4.0 | ISO 400
    Tuesday 9 March, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 1/1800 sec at f/4.5 | ISO 400
    Then the trail changed again, mostly mud and ice. The trail was less open and more claustrophobic, lined with leafless trees and shrubs. I could see pockets of green lichen on dead branches and the base of trees.
    Tuesday 9 March, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 1/4700 sec at f/4.5 | ISO 400
    Tuesday 9 March, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 1/550 sec at f/9.0 | ISO 200
    Tuesday 9 March, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 1/750 sec at f/9.0 | ISO 200
    Tuesday 9 March, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 1/250 sec at f/9.0 | ISO 500
    Tuesday 9 March, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 1/850 sec at f/9.0 | ISO 400
    Tuesday 9 March, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 1/450 sec at f/9.0 | ISO 400
    Tuesday 9 March, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | 1/2900 sec at f/9.0 | ISO 400
    I was mildly concerned that I could no longer tell if I was still on the trail, that I might be wandering off. It was then clear again, and soon, I was back where I started and ready to head home.
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