It’s late January in Albemarle County and all signs of winter have temporarily vanished from the landscape…so, naturally, we decided to go for an afternoon paddle. Camden, my Labrador Retriever, questioned both my logic and sanity but acquiesced and joined me in our kayak. The paddling was a joy on the rolling water…until we left the shelter of the trees for the open water and discovered a steady, twenty knot breeze out of the south, kicking up spray and stymying our progress. Though the air temperature was over sixty degrees, this was indeed a winter wind…On the trust front, I had promised my friend that we would find birds and they (being wiser than us) were nowhere to be seen on the water…but along came Buddy in his canoe…a kindred spirit enjoying a rough ride in the wind…and all was forgiven. Beaver Creek, Crozet, Virginia.