We ventured out today into the Minnesota winter wonderland.  Like much of the country, we’ve had our share of snow, and yet there’s a beauty and peacefulness to being out in nature at this time of year.  We snowshoed within the Hoglund Wildlife Management Area in Wright County.  The air was crisp, the snow was falling, the deer were running, and there was a stillness that settles after the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holiday.  These are the times that I appreciate the beauty and power of winter.