Magic of a winter bonfire in the woods

We’ve been saving wood scraps in a burn pile in the woods for maybe four years now. We didn’t want to light it during the summer or fall due to wildfire possibilities–but three inches of new-fallen snow is perfect. Twilight approaches: we grab newspaper, spruce kindling, lighter. Tonight we’re burning our beloved “bat house” that Barry made years ago when we tried to create bat habitat. Unfortunately, those darn bats preferred to snooze in knot holes in our old cedar siding. And these days you don’t see too many bats flying around; it seems many have succumbed to white nose syndrome. That’s sad, because bats eat all sorts of insects, and wee biting creatures can be unpleasant during mosquito, black fly, deer fly, no-see-um season in early summer.

Soon the pile burns, burns, burns! We carefully arrange more wood around the flames. Not too many all at once. It’s bonfire art. It’s sweet–standing around the fire, listening to the crackling wood, moving away from the smoke.

No marshmallows, no hotdogs, no s’mores. There’s spaghetti with veggies up at the house. We’ll tend the fire for several hours in the dark November evening.

Thanks for stopping by our bonfire. (This post has failed to be a Photo Short. It’s two photos and too many words to qualify. It’s a Photo Short wannabe, lol.)

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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32 Responses to Magic of a winter bonfire in the woods

  1. An early winter fire must be a treat!

  2. Anna says:

    Looks like fun and true to your blessing…joy in simple things.

  3. Ally Bean says:

    I couldn’t tell you the last time I was around a bonfire. Yours looks pretty and carefully tended.

  4. leelah saachi says:

    I love a wannabe-post!

  5. jeffstroud says:

    What a fun outdoor activity! Great photos too

  6. Dale says:

    Well I, for one, am not complaining about the number of photos nor the number of words πŸ˜‰
    I so love a winter bonfire and haven’t participated in one (is that how we say it?) in eons!

    That second photo is notecard worthy!

  7. LaDonna Remy says:

    That looks like a lot of fun β™₯️

  8. Tilly+travel says:

    Fire and snow look so beautiful together.

    Bright Blessings

  9. A beautiful bonfire. The kind I like to stand around and contemplate “life.” My guy used to make one every early spring to burn up deadwood that fell during the winter. I used to stand around it but every year, got sicker and sicker afterwards Discovered that I’m allergic to one of the trees whose branches had fallen and were flaming. Oops. Now, I stay indoors for bonfires. ;-0 😦

  10. You are reminding me of my own messy burn pile that needs bonfiring.

  11. That looks so magical, a bonfire in a snowy setting. We’re not allowed to have bonfires without a special permit here but it looks like fun and a chance to do some deep thinking.

    • Kathy says:

      I guess special burn permits are needed at times…to keep our forests safe. It was a great evening around the bonfire. The snow made it so nice.

  12. Stacy says:

    Beautiful! Now we need to do the same. XOXO

  13. Reggie says:

    I love your magical bonfire… I can just imagine standing there, watching the flames, listening to the song of the fire, communing with the spirits who drop in … Magic!

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