I recorded this 45-second video at 8:25 AM on January 4, 2024, near the Marbut Bend Trailhead at TVA’s Marbut Bend Preserve. We experienced a starkly beautiful cold (34 degrees) grey saunter through the winter-bleak wetlands and marshes. Birds flittered among the dormant vegetation foraging for winter berries and seeds. Listen for the rustle of dry stems and foliage, the twittering of birds, and the calls of a few socializing crows. Summer’s stifling heat, sapping humidity, and bright sunshine make me ache for a morning just like this one. Were it not for the wind blowing across the open areas, I would have settled onto one of the boardwalk benches. Nature-Inspired Life and Living; Nature-Buoyed Aging and Healing! NOTE: I place 3-5 short videos (15 seconds to three minutes) on my Steve Jones Great Blue Heron YouTube channel weekly. All relate to Nature-Inspired Life and Living. I encourage you to SUBSCRIBE! It’s FREE. Having more subscribers helps me spread my message of Informed and Responsible Earth Stewardship…locally and globally! #environment #nature #natureinspired #naturelovers #naturephotography #naturesounds #naturepreserve #wildness #Marbut Bend 1.04.24 Marbut Bend 8.22