Up Periscope

I try to avoid the human element of this area.  It tends to be negative: trash, pollution, dog waste, etc.  I laughed when I saw this car exhaust pipe sticking out of the snow bank in the train station parking …

Home Sweet Home

We had a change of perspective.  Argos and I reversed our normal path, going counter-clockwise and also getting off the trail at different points.  As we were climbing back over the snow to the path from the riverbank, we came …

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, …

Exaggerated Tracks

An animal crossed the river, leaving tracks behind.  Then the snow must have been scoured away from the edges, which were damp and perhaps frozen.  It left these very lumpy tracks across the river, probably significantly exaggerating the size of …

Mallards on Snow

The mallards remain heavily clustered on the pond.  This was the first time I’ve seen them out standing on the snow.  This spit of sand is normally pretty clear.  It was a lovely sunny day – crystal blue sky with …

Climbing Tracks

An animal has crossed the snow and climbed up the far river bank.  I wonder if it’s the fox, as you can see where the snow was rubbed lower by the animal’s belly.  The paw prints are too small to …

Leaf and Fondant Snow

The snow storm we had left a deep cover of snow.  Deep enough to keep people from walking through it and most animals avoided it as well.  The smooth surface reminded me of a wedding cake, with fondant icing stretching …

Three Tracks Meet

One might expect the animal tracks across the river to appear in different places so that smaller animals avoided predators.  I had to smile when I saw these three tracks meet in the middle of the ice, like a T …

Milkweed and Snow

The wind was causing the seeds in this milkweed pod to blow about.  I hadn’t expected to see any seeds still in the wild but I suppose the hardest part of winter hasn’t arrived yet.  These seeds look like they’re …

Small Prints

A small tussock was covered with snow and these animal tracks ran across it.  I am guessing something like a field mouse but it’s hard to know.  The snow was deep but firm, and there were tracks all up and …