I believe it is safe to say that most Adirondack residents are anxious for winter to peel away its arctic landscape and reveal life giving signs of spring. In the meantime, I continue to search for tokens of real progress and hope with all my might that spring break, (only one week from now), will wear the title justly.
We may think of winter as the frosty six month penalty paid for the shady green summers we revere. Images void of much in terms of vitality lead us to believe a lifeless earth is frozen in deep slumber. This is simply not true! Due to dysfunctional sleeping habits, I am privy to an abundance of nocturnal activity. Coyotes howl and yip in the woods that border our barnyard. A barred owl surveys a menu of prey from the high barren branch of a hardy maple tree. His signature hoot, (hoo, hoo, hoo cooks for you), pierces the nippy night air. These sights and sounds of life at the end of winter help us hang on just a little bit longer. About now we begin to wonder; what if the vernal trend is a no show this year? Spring would surely not disappoint us would it? To date...it never has.
A snowshoe hare keeps a low profile in winter white.
Note the temperature at 6:00 a.m.
Flying squirrel yearlings raid the bird feeder at midnight.
The siblings stick close together.
Love the details of their "wings" and large nocturnal eyes.
The 24 hour buffet!
Our game camera keeps us entertained during winter doldrums...
....while providing a glimpse into the lives of some of our neighbors. (year: 2009)
A grouse strolls the path.
Wow, a bobcat makes a mysterious appearance.