The weather has been pretty consistent over the past week: below zero at night, daytime temps of 6°-15°, and several gentle snowfalls. If I had taken a walk today, it would have looked much like this.
Snowmobile tracks curved across the marshy lake-around-the corner:
Near the start of the trail, tiny grasses peeked out of the snow. I like their delicate little seeds:
The snow was deep, drifted, and deceptively crusted over. I never knew when I might break through the surface and be suddenly submerged:
A Favourite Tree leaned over the snowy fields, rubbing twiggy fingers together and dreaming of spring to come:
As always, there were plenty of fascinating dried flowers and grasses to be seen.
Coneflowers (I think), looking like brown pompoms:
Curly mystery grass:
Wavy-stemmed mystery grass:
And these alien-looking flowers:
Around a few corners, the trail curved back towards town. Somewhere under the snow was what I believe to be the entrance to a badger sett - though on this walk it was completely hidden:
Also nearly hidden in the photo is a snowmobiler who had just crossed the trail some way ahead:
Around another corner was a tree (possibly alder buckthorn?) still covered with dark berries:
Some websites suggest that buckthorn berries are a food of last resort for birds - which may explain why there were so many left on the tree.
The trail branched temptingly to the right, through grasses engoldened by the westering sun...
...but I turned left and headed for home.
Snowmobile tracks on the road evoked Art Deco architecture (to my eye, at least):
And that was last week's walk! Soon, I hope, things will settle down so I can get back to regular blogging.
How have you been?
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