The sun crested the mountain top filling the valley floor with a stream of golden light.  A warm glow melted the dim lit forest and broke out into a sparkling array of crystals.  I crunched my way through the snow and leaves to discover nature's hidden treasures waiting to be collected amidst the winter landscape.  These are some pictures I captured while gathering my favorite "hardy plants" on this crisp-clear morning.

Gathering for me is a peaceful activity like meditation.  It also serves as a wonderful form of light exercise for those of us who desire to be active in the early morning hours.  Of course, you can gather any time of day, but I prefer the early morning hours of dawn for its quiet beauty and pensive moments of awakening.  

It's a great way to energize your day,