Friday, January 27, 2017

Walk in a Snowy Woods

Later on in the day yesterday I dug out the snowshoes and went for a walk in the woods next door.  It was truly a winter wonderland, snow sticking to every twig in the entire woods!

Into the woods past the two big old Sugar Maples that represent the 'gate' to the woods.
 
Snow was sticking to the twigs right up into the sky in the canopy.

You could look 360° around you, and see nothing but snow-covered shrubs, mostly Dogwoods.

It was simply a beautiful and peaceful walk through the woods.

Eventually I climbed over the old stone fencerow, and spotted this dark creature that surprised me in the totally white woods.  I wondered if it would come to get me, but it never moved.  I thought I had it, rather than the Dogwood twigs, in focus for you.

Out into the edge of the big field to loop back on the trail, here looking across to the long edge of another patch of woods.

The snow was still a foot to 18" deep, as I discovered when one foot slipped out of the binding.  My smaller snowshoes would have sunk in, but the largest weren't really needed, so I used the mid-size Bear Paws today.  Worked perfectly. I just walked across the surface.

I expected I might see some open water where the low pond is back in the woods, after all the mild temperatures we've had, but I only spotted one small patch, glistening black in the snow.

Rejoined my trail and headed back to the car through this winter wonderland.  Deer tracks were everywhere, but I never saw one.

And back out the tractor trail that links the woods to our rural subdivision.  All the snow is off the twigs today; you only get a short chance to enjoy this kind of ephemeral beauty.


15 comments:

  1. such beauty in your woods. I've never snow shoed, looks fun

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  2. Love the winter woods, especially when the trees are draped in snow. You wore my favorite shape snowshoe, but it looks like I won't have them on this winter unless we get a lot more snow than we've had so far -- What climate change?

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  3. Beautiful, and for me you share and show me nature that I would not see otherwise.And what was the black shape?

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  4. Lovely photos . To respond to your comment on my blog . No we don't have the typical amount of snow this year we seem to of had more rain accumulation this month then snow .I would of sent a reply by email but your comments come from blogger bounce or nor-play and that cant be replied to as it is bloggers addy not yours just a heads up on why I don't reply to you but thanks for popping by as much as you do and for commenting . Thanks for sharing Have a good weekend !

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  5. Lovely. Fresh fallen snow is always makes for a beautiful scene.

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  6. Wonder what that creature was. Happens to me all the time when I get the foreground in focus and lose the background. Love the snowy snowshoe walk. :-)

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  7. You captured magic and peace. Beautiful!

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  8. Pretty pictures...and pretty cold. No snow out here.

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  9. All that snow is a delightful sight!

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  10. That sure was a walk in a winter wonderland.
    Was the black shape a bear?

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  11. The clinging snow is fabulous.....we hardly get any snow here, so scenes like that are a real treat. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. The walk in the woods really gave you a lot of opportunity to get some wonderful shots. The trees are so great contrasted to the snow. The paths are great to see.

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  13. Truly a winter wonderland! I used to love to be out in the woods and fields when it snowed.

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