The weather here was crazy today. But my four-legged energizer bunny (Ryder) insisted he needed his daily chase, so out into the mess I went. It was late afternoon and I was surprised to find an entire yard with no obvious new track marks. Really? Really!
It was icy enough to weigh tree branches down to the earth. And notice – no fresh tracks!
Each individual needle coated in ice.
I began scouting around trees and brush piles and by carefully looking, I found some small tracks of adventurous wild things.
Birdy tracks next to a brush pile. A good place to stay out of the wind and weather.
I was VERY surprised to find a short squirrel trail from the base of one tree to the next. Why would she leave the safety of the trees to go about 15 feet across open ground to another tree when their branches intertwined?
And what on earth did this? I couldn’t find any prints! (Update: I found the same pattern a couple of days later under another tree. But with tracks. SQUIRREL tracks. They are apparently digging for seeds and such under the pine and hemlock trees.)
And that was it! Apparently everyone was tucked in somewhere waiting for better weather!
I hope all of you hit by this storm are safe and sound!
The New Year lies before you like a spotless track of snow. Be careful how you tread it, for every mark will show. — Unknown
Happy New Year, one and all!!!
As I was outside with the energizer bunny (Ryder), the sky darkened and small wee bits of snow swirled in the wind. It lasted only 5 minutes, but that was long enough to coat the moss in our yard in waves of white frosting.
Notice the little wavy pattern of the snow and how it’s stuck to just one side of the moss.
Unfortunately, it came in 5 minutes and then left in 5 minutes. The temperature was exactly 32 degrees farenheit and the sun was peeking off and on through the clouds just enough to melt everything it touched.
It snowed last night. But the worst was yet to come. Today brought a cold, cold wind. With wind chill it was 1 degree Farenheit (-17 celsius) outside. Not my favorite kind of day! I bird watched awhile before having to suck it up and take the energizer bunny (Ryder) out for his daily chase session. Enjoy the pics!
A wee bit of snow.
A poor song sparrow poofed against the cold.
A junco huddled against the wind and waiting out the blowing snow.
A lone cardinal standing watch.
The snow was so heavy it dragged the tree branches down to the ground. Without snow, you can walk under this tree no problem.
After the worst of the windy weather, birds began showing up to eat. While the wind blew away the bulk of the snow at the base of the tree where we have feeders, there was still enough that the birds had to dig for their supper.
And then it was time for me to bundle up, grit my teeth and get out the door.
Despite the frosty temps and being frosty of face and ears with icicles hanging off his chin, Ryder, of course, enjoyed himself thoroughly. Note the snow-covered frisbee between his legs. And though the wind let up a little and the sun peaked out between the clouds, mom FROZE HER BUTT OFF! (Have I mentioned I don’t like the cold?) The things we do for our pets!
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So fall finally gave up her grip and winter has descended. We had our first accumulation and it was a wet sticky snow. So, of course, I had to go out with the camera. My 54 pound energizer bunny demanded to go as well.
Looking down the back of our yard, everything frosted and beautiful.
Standing under one of our old maples looking into the tree line that separates our property from the neighbors. Every little branch holding its bit of snow, whitening the landscape so thoroughly you can’t see our neighbors yard.
And while I was meandering and trying to enjoy the hush that such a snow brings, my four-footed tornado was running, snuffling, and demanding attention.
Running, running, running…
So wet and heavy, the snow was enough to bring boughs down to earth.
And still he ran. (Ryder loves the snow.)
After about 40 minutes of the zoomies, Ryder finally wound down. And I headed to the back of the yard to stand under a large pine tree and listen to the quiet.
The view through the tree branches was spectacular. It was a fine way to end the day.
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Unfortunately for us, we can’t leave Ryder alone outside for more than a few minutes ’cause the little stinker is still eating inappropriate things. *sigh* So, of course, Ryder was enthralled with the first real snow of the year. So much so, that he just kept asking to go out to pee, and then wouldn’t, because he just wanted to rub his face in the snow and hop around like a bunny. Potty trips are NOT play trips. Which meant many fruitless trips outside and it was making us crazy. At one point I loaded a Kong with treats and stuck him in his crate so I wouldn’t strangle his butt.
My daughter and I scrambled to clear up a long block of time for chasing and rambling so we could get him outside before he lost his little mind. Or we lost ours. 😀 Luckily we have a partially wooded lot of an acre and a half to run his little legs off in. So after a trip outside to hide toys in the snow, I opened the door and turned him loose.
Thanks to Saver of Bugs for the handful of pictures she was able to get of a speeding puppazoid in between gusts of snow.
“I’m gonna get you!”
Pounce and dig! (For some reason, Ryder likes to jump on his toys and then dig and kick them out behind him. Which, of course, necessitates more chasing!
“Come back here!”
Running, running, running!
Ryder: “Roooll…roooll…roooll…” Mom: “Yeah, how’s that working for you, Ryder?”
Mom: “Here, let me help. You watching?” Ryder: “Throw it, throw it, throw it…”
“Aaaand, he’s off!”
WOOT! Saver managed to catch a sliding stop with a right hand spin!
I’m just loving this snow!”
An hour later a much more relaxed and happy puppy came back to the house with us. He got to nap and we had to get back to work. Just not fair!
I got up about 3 am last night/this morning. Suddenly I realized I could see without a flashlight. (Yes, I use a flashlight when I get up. It’s better than blinding myself with room lights, not to mention waking everyone else up, and it keeps me from tripping over cats and their toys.) The light was coming from the windows and when I looked outside I could see everywhere. Snow covered everything and it seemed almost as light as day. It was breathtaking. Unfortunately, my camera did not agree about the amount of light so I had to wait until I got up to get pictures. Enjoy the view!
It was a wet, heavy snow and it weighted down the poor pines. But it was pretty!
Outside the bathroom window.
Outside a bedroom window.
ALL the little branches are coated with snow!
More coated branches making the world soo white!
So white! What was really weird was that there are NO prints! Not a single critter had been wandering around.
Over the hill. It’s so white you can’t tell there is a highway beyond that house unless someone drives by.
Even sheltered by the house, the bird feeder was covered with a pile of snow. And, YES!, after I was done with pictures I broomed off the feeder and put more seed out for the birdies in the bush. That bush was quivering with all the birds that were running around inside! 🙂
Please keep all the people on the east coast in the path of the storm in your thoughts. It could get ugly for them.