Monday, 24 January 2022

Wetland walk

 It's not really walkies without a cat. The snow is too deep for Cinnamon, although it's been warmer. I forgot my scarf, and my gloves don't match, but I managed. I have another black and gray pair that match. Somewhere!


There are lots of deer beds in the snow. 

The wetland is rough walking. Durn good exercise, though! I followed the deer trails, but there are two problems with that:

1) They have skinny legs and my snowshoes don't fit into their trails.
2) They are on all fours and I keep having to duck under branches!
It's tricky, as my glasses used to protect my eyes, and I have to be careful. 



I have more evidence of LDD moths. There are many egg casing on the trees. What they tell me are the ones higher up will be killed if not at the base of the tree, perhaps covered in snow? I am hopeful, as it is a chilly -34 C.

You can see the egg casings all over the tree, and up high on the branches. It is terribly disturbing, and I've been trying not to think of it, but I have to be mentally prepared.

I hope this fine tree manages in spring. 


Here is trailcam #1. 

It's all about layers!

My boots got fairly snowy. I put them on the heater and had a nice hot shower. This morning, when I had to put out the garbage in the cold and dark, they were toasty warm!

14 comments:

Tom said...

...stay well and toasty warm.

Olga said...

Kooks cold, but very peaceful too.

eileeninmd said...

Pretty scenes from your walk. It looks very cold there.
Take care, enjoy your new week!

Anvilcloud said...

Oh no! Are we due for another infestation this summer?

Karen said...

I hope all this cold we are experiencing is killing off those moth eggs.

DrumMajor said...

That's a lot of snow. I thought deer went into some thick brush and forest to bed down under a tree. Those indentation beds in your photos make it look like they just find a space and settle into it. Do you ever see them digging their trench out, similar to what dogs would do? Linda in Kansas

RedPat said...

You are brave to venture out in that deep freeze. It was funny how at -8˚C here this morning it didn't feel too bad.

Nancy J said...

Jenn, do you have what we call gaiters" Nylon, fleece or neoprene ones that fit over your boots and part way up your legs? They save that snow falling into your boots. It looks like you have a huge lot there, too much to walk easily for sure. Keep warm.XXX

Cloudia said...

Do be careful as you walk through your magic wonderland

Lorrie said...

It's a winter wonderland just out your back door. I do hope the cold kills those moths so the trees will be healthy!

William Kendall said...

It's seriously cold out there.

Gaelyn said...

Absolutely beautiful! From sunny Arizona. I was told "there's not bad weather, just inadequate gear."

The Furry Gnome said...

I remember trying to follow deer trails through the woods. Not as easy as you'd think.

Jeanie said...

It's cold where you are! I admire your braving the snow -- and that -34!