The walking isn't as good as it could be in the wetland. Even snowshoes do not help out there. Mind you, it is a good workout!
I managed a great walk with Daisy yesterday, but I was exhausted. She just toodled across the top of the ice. She's a trooper.
I can see where the poor deer sink up to their knees. The wetland is wet, still! Even our lakes are not firm. Under the frozen layer of snow form the ice storm, there is a gap, and then some warm snow. You can see in the deer tracks, at the bottom, the dark wet snow. The Ontario Snowmobile Association warns folks not to go off of the prepared trail: see the trail map. Many are still closed.
It is far easier under the forest canopy, where the trees took up some of the ice rain. But out backyard, with its open spaces is treacherous for the deer, and for us, as we walk. It is very peaceful and beautiful, however!
Snowshoe on the bog from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
It's a terribly difficult walk. The critters must be facing challenges. You can see where they fall through the ice to the bog below. The lower part of the snow cover has melted in the recent warmth.