Saturday, February 10, 2018

Wonderful Winter Weather!

We've been having about the best weather winter can bring this week, even though I know this is a contradiction in terms for some of you.  A foot and a half of powdery snow on the ground, and caught on all the branches, moderately cold temperatures, from -15 to -5°C (5 to 24°F), and little wind.  A perfect combination for getting out, so I've been on three different snowshoe walks this week.

These photos are from a walk earlier in the week in a nice woodlot I can see from the house, but had never been in til this now.   A beautiful forest!

With no wind, the powdery snow just accumulates on the branches, and you have to be careful not to duck under these at the risk of getting a neck full of cold snow crystals.

Snow accumulates on everything, even on nearly vertical leaning tree trunks, a good 8 or 10" of it.

I love the big white wiggly worms that I sometimes see up on higher branches.  Snow is such an amazing substance to have the strength to hang together like that rather than just fall to the ground!

Sometimes you don't even realize you're walking over a big log on the ground, totally covered in snow.

Just the pleasure of getting the mukluks and snowshoes on for a walk is great.  Only a short time each winter when this is really enjoyable.

I could have stayed for hours tramping slowly around.

Even the thin twigged shrubs on the edge of the woods catch and hold huge mounds of snow.  Wonderful winter weather!




19 comments:

  1. Lovely photos . I do like how pretty the land looks after a fresh snow fall especially how the snow sits on pine and spruce trees. We to have had a lot of snow this year down this way . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  2. How beautiful! Please send some of this my way.

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  3. I look, I marvel, and the photos are so cooling to us,as we swelter yet again. Beautiful bunches and ribbons of snow, enjoy every moment of that magic.

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  4. Seeing all those beautiful pictures of the Snow brings back a lot of Childhood Memories. Unfortunately time has taken that enjoyment away from us and retreating to a Warmer Climate is much more suitable for us now.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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  5. Beautiful winter photos; it's certainly a lot more picturesque than the grey, cloudy weather we sometimes get in the UK. I must admit I find the snow a lot more attractive these days than I did when I worked in farming and had to turn out in it every morning. My father always said he saw enough of it by watching the ski-ing on TV.

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  6. You sound very happy to be out and about in that perfect weather with such great scenes to take pictures of. :-)

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  7. That does look like perfect winter weather, the kind that we can still enjoy if we were still there, Living in the country sure makes it enjoyable., great pictures.

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  8. Your pictures are beautiful and yes, it is great to be outside in that weather.

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  9. Outstanding! We've got snow on the ground down here, but nowhere near what you have -- and now it's melting.

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  10. Ah the trees are beautiful with the snow adorning them. Ideal with no wind.
    MB

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  11. It looks like you've had a good deal of snow!

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  12. these are beautiful Stew. I've been enjoying our winter too.

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  13. awwww, it is just so pretty, light, clean and fluffy. your pictures are so beautiful!!

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  14. We don't have quite as much after our nearly complete thaw, but it was very fluffy and hung on all the branches.

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