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A Fresh Start

2013 January 3

By Lina Younes

On the first morning of the New Year, I was taking my dogs out for their morning walk. There was a vigilant cardinal chirping away from a tree top watching our every move. I was fascinated by the little bird. That cardinal infused new life, color and sound to the otherwise bleak, wintry morning. It seemed as if the lively bird was eagerly embracing the new day and, in fact, the New Year!

I quickly went back in the house to fetch my camera. However, the lively cardinal was long gone by the time I returned. All that was left was the cold morning silence occasionally interrupted by the sound of the bushes and trees rustling in the wind.

With that in mind, I decided that in 2013 I would look for more opportunities to enjoy nature and outdoor activities. Every season has its own special beauty. While I must confess that personally I prefer the summertime, I have begun to enjoy the wonders of winter as well. Even the shorter days and gray surroundings have their own special charm.

So, I decided to share some snapshots of my recent outdoor experiences. Do you have any outdoor plans for the New Year? We would love to hear from you.

About the author: Lina Younes has been working for EPA since 2002 and currently serves the Multilingual Outreach and Communications Liaison for EPA. She manages EPA’s social media efforts in Spanish. Prior to joining EPA, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and she has worked for several government agencies.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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4 Responses leave one →
  1. Master Melvin M. Lusterio permalink
    January 4, 2013

    The Good Force be with you!

    A Happy & Prosperous 2013 for you Lina & EPA!

    Live forever and prosper!

  2. Alexander permalink
    January 4, 2013

    I don’t remember the morning of New Year especially, because we were waiting the end of the world before it. But the squirrel disappeared and some winter birds too. it I observed.

  3. kang permalink
    May 3, 2013

    Yes, this is a new beginning

  4. Esestain permalink
    September 2, 2013

    Yes,Of course! If you looking for more opportunities to enjoy nature and outdoor activities.Do not forget to carry your camera.

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