The castle was built on the edge of a lake. The castle had stood there for as long as anyone could remember, and it was rumored to be haunted.
The woman looked out across the river. It was a cold winter day, and snow blanketed the landscape.
It's a time of year when many of us are thinking of the cold winter months ahead, but for one species of animal, the winter has been a time of plenty. The red fox, a native species of the North American wilderness, has been enjoying a prosperous existence in the cold winter months, thanks to a diet of ungulate carrion and an increased availability of small rodents due to land use changes and increased crop production.
The snow owl's feathers are white, like the snow that surrounds the forest. It flies through the air, and its talons cut into the branches of trees below.
Grandmother was the only one who knew how to ski. She would go out in the morning, when the sun was still rising and the snow was still fresh, and she would glide down the hill.