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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Snow Trekking

Well, no sledding for us, but we did get out and take advantage of our snow day with a walk... well, trudge, sort of... through Rollins Savannah. Due to the winds, the snow had blown all over, creating waves and ripples. A better camera would probably have been in order to capture them, but here is an OK picture of some snow patterns:
The blowing snow meant that on the tops of hills, the snow was pretty shallow, but in lower areas or on the leeward side, there were some pretty deep areas. The deepest was about up to my waist, and luckily wasn't very large or I may have gotten stuck:
Eventually, tired from trailblazing through deep snow, I laid down at the base of a large bur oak tree...
This was my view from here:The sky was constantly changing while we were out. For a few brief moments, we even glimpsed blue. This is a neat time when the sky seemed to glow at the horizon. We also saw many deer tracks (some blown over) and many vole holes. We also saw a vole scurry across the trail and dig into the snow. I really wanted a photo of him, but was keeping my camera tucked inside my coat to avoid the problem of if freezing like last weekend. I couldn't get it out fast enough. I bent over and looked in the hole he had disappeared down, and he kept poking his head up, then disappearing, then poking his head up and disappearing again. But he never came back out. Can't blame him, really. I would have waited for us to leave, also.

1 comment:

  1. That snow in the top photo is a cool example of an aeolian landscape i.e. one formed by the wind. Sand dunes form the same way.

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