Yesterday I decided to take advantage of the recent snowfall and go cross-country skiing at the Cockaponsett State Forest, where I used to run. I drove there with my Jeep and parked inside the forest. Unfortunately, 4-wheel drive trucks had been through it already, but I could also see where previous skiers had been around. I did see tracks from a huge stag, but figured I would photograph them later. When I returned, they had been trampled by a dog.
But I did take some photos of small mammal tracks on my driveway this morning:
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Meanwhile, fawns have been visiting our property. Can you pick out their tiny spoor in the photos above?
Can you see the stag crossing our driveway at dawn just the other day?
He is just above the prow of the boat we are preparing to put away and looking right at you! This is the best I could do out of an upstairs window with my iPhone. LOL! The dogs were barking like crazy and moments later he took off into the woods! I wish I had my slr camera, I could have gotten a pretty decent shot with that. Ah nature, all around us, yet so elusive!
Last night temperatures dropped to well below freezing and it snowed! But this morning it was already 35ºF [1.7ºC] and the sugar coating was off of the smaller branches. So, photographically, it was suboptimal. But I did what I could, and here is the result!
Laila, who is now camera shy, poses on the driveway. If you enlarge this photo, you can get a good view of her. She is now 13 years old and I brought both dogs to the vet this past Tuesday and they are both healthy!
I always get excited to see spoor of deer and fox on my property. Here they are crossing the driveway in a path they have used for years. The fox print is much tinier than my dogs’.
A blue bird box on our property is one of two that we have. I think that blue birds tried to nest, but without success. Maybe next year.
This is a tree that Sandy knocked down, now with Athena snow on it.
Athena snow is wet and heavy! Look how it drags down the trees!
As I walking around, I noticed that my witch hazel was blooming! It is almost past! Sheez! I could have missed this entirely! Good thing I noticed it! Below is a photo of the entire shrub; see how easy it is to not notice it is in bloom.
Jenny loves to pose for pictures!
Hope you are warm and dry if you were hit by Athena!