Holding On

All the signs of spring are here:  birds, thaw, mammals on the move.  So I did a double take when I saw this icicle hanging on to a tree branch.  It’s about 8 inches long and the only bit of ice on this tree.  I would have thought the sun and warm air would have …

Dried Milkweed Pods

The coloring of the milkweed pod always grabs my attention.  Today the sun hit the light colored insides of some pods that have dried over the winter.  The seeds have largely flown away, although you can see that the core of the pod is still, in some cases, holding tightly to its shell.

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 lamps along my route and I caught the snow flying past.

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 …

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.  They look like they have a good chance of lasting to spring.