As I write this, I can hear a crackle of what the weatherman calls “icy mix” hitting my windows. My world was already glazed with inch-thick ice when I got up this morning. One look at my driveway convinced me to stay home instead of get in the car, but I was feeling gloomy and in need of some exercise. I resorted to my winter hiking companion — my camera. The combination of exercise and searching for beauty really helped raise my spirits. Here are a few icy scenes.