This morning I followed the deer's winter trail through the woods. I tried to step where the deer had placed their hooves, but the snow had hardened into a deep rut, and I almost lost my balance a few times. The deer have used this trail extensively, and they have left a lot of fertilizer behind for the woodland plants. I noticed, too, that they have also bedded down beside the trail to rest and chew their cud. When I finally had made it almost as far as the house again, I saw the juniper branch and the sunbeam.