After 8 days of being cooped up by blowing winds and white-outs, I was determined to get out and find something other than snow to photograph! So even though it was snowing steadily, I headed out on Saturday.
The big old snowshoes were certainly the order of the day; even with these I was sinking several inches with each step. You might notice I have new snowshoe harness. After the 45-year old leather broke a few weeks ago, I stopped on a trip north at the famous Epps outdoor store and picked up newer style harness; it worked well.
I just walked into the woods on the farm next door; you can see my snowshoe tracks accumulating behind me here, though I had to adjust the picture contrast a lot for them to show up. The light powder snow was 2 feet deep in most places.
And yes, I did immediately find other things to photograph beside snow - like this twirling end of a wild grape vine.
And these sugar maple twigs and buds. Notice how sharp the buds are, and the exactly opposite twigs.
White ash twigs have opposite buds too, but the buds themselves look quite different than the maples.
And my favourite, the beech saplings, still bravely hanging on to some of the leaves, but the buds already nearly an inch long, ready and waiting.
None of these are great pictures, but at least they're not of another snowbank!