Frosted Greenery

The weeds caught a good deal of rime this morning, like small icicles sticking up and out of the edges of the low weeds.  It’ll be warming up again – Indian summer – but it looks like the temperatures will be going down.

Ice Box

We had frozen rain and a fleeting attempt at having snow one last time, April’s final hurrah.  The forecast was quite tragic and reality didn’t meet up to it very well.  Everything was coated in ice this morning.  The wind was quite strong as well, and there was an eerie clatter in the trees as …

Spring is Here

First the fox.  Then the groundhog appeared.  Two nights in a row I’ve come across the beavers, busily gnawing and eating their way along the riverbanks.  If there were ever a sign of warm weather, surely it’s the mammals all coming out into the lengthening days.  We sometimes get a cold spell towards the end …

Snow Star

The snow came down in white piles today.  It accumulated overnight but turned to liquid when it hit the ground today.  Until it reached the ground, though, it was still cold and sticky and would clump in the plants and trees.  This is a cluster where the berries have been pulled off what I think …

Fleeting Feathers

This rolling ball of down – I’m guessing duck feathers but I can’t really tell – came whisking down the river as I was looking at some tracks.  I couldn’t tell what it was.  It moved like a little tumbleweed, rolling over and over as it passed along and finally was trapped in a track.

Ice Sheets

The river froze pretty heavily a week ago.  I hadn’t realized how thickly until there was a weird thaw this week.  The river was rushing along for a day or so and then we had another hard freeze.  The ice fractured along pretty clean lines but I hadn’t expected it to push up, like tectonic …

Hanging On

There are a number of trees along the river that dangle their furthest branches in the river.  When the water rises, it covers these branches further, which makes for interesting eddies in the river.  They also catch all sorts of debris that normally would float by.  Ice forms when the water is high and then, …