Frosted Ivy

The weather has been tremendous in the past few weeks, including snow, temperatures in the 80s, sudden frost, and rarely any consistency from one day to another.  One morning we had a hard frost and the creeping ivy that has …

Snowy Path

It’s that time of spring when winter hasn’t quite given up, so you have blue sky with blowing snow, then it clouds over and the snow stops for a bit.  Regardless, the ground and air temperatures are now warm enough …

Snow Tease

The teasels have remained standing while most of their fellow weeds have slowly bent under the weight of snow or their own weakness.  We are in the last throes of winter and were getting what looked like snow but must …

Hole in One

It’s disgusting but the foamy pollution that clears the weir seems a relative constant.  I wonder what the original cause is, because it’s rare to see this type of froth at other places along the river.  The pollution froze into …

Blowing Snow

The wind whipped the snow past me the other morning.  Huge flakes, normal for the weather when the temperature is high enough so that it is still a bit damp and clumping in mid-air.  This is one of the few …

Snowflakes

The time change has thrown my mornings back into pitch black.  We had a brief warm up and then it was back to cold and snow.  I tried – again – to capture snow flakes on my sleeve.  They’re hard …

Dead Skunk

I have noticed that, when I wear a hood, I can often pick up the scent of animals along the trail.  A skunk is easy to smell with or without a hood!  Today, the dog and I were walking along …

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 …

Frozen Drops

The snow was mixed with rain and the drops looked like they would escape the ends of these twigs.  But if they aren’t already frozen, they will be soon.  The cold will keep them stuck to that bush, unless it …

Tree Berries Dripping

These berries are almost invisible to me as I walk by in the dark.  The blue is like a deep navy, almost black.  The wet snow has collected on the thin limbs and the melt is dripping from the berries.  …

Busy Beavers

This tree was chewed down overnight.  I was a bit surprised because, while there has been a bit of a thaw, I hadn’t expected to see the beavers out and about.  There were many small stumps within a hundred yards …