January Rains

When it rains in January in Minnesota there can be problems. As yesterday when it arrived in the late afternoon as freezing drizzle that quickly glazed roads and sidewalks and encased stems and branches. When I went outside to assess the situation, I slid down the incline of our driveway like a curling stone. It was dangerous to walk. And even more dangerous to drive.

That freezing rain turned to wet snow overnight and we woke to immaculate winter scenery and cancelled schools (due to the ice underneath the snow). After shoveling snow/slush/ice, I decided to take a late afternoon hike in the rain.

Happily today's rain was nothing more than a fine mist. With the temperature above freezing it caused no trouble whatsoever. The woods, nearly soundproof already due to several inches of soft, melting snow, were muffled even further by the mist dampening and saturating the calm air.

White-tailed Deer moved quietly about the woods, unconcerned at my presence. The moss on rocks and tree trunks seemed especially vibrant, flush with new moisture and warmer temps; beneath diffuse and darkening skies the mosses almost glowed.

Publicado por scottking scottking, 18 de janeiro de 2017, 04:51 AM

Observações

Fotos / Sons

Observador

scottking

Data

Janeiro 17, 2017 04:27 PM CST

Descrição

Foxtail
Cowling Arboretum
Northfield, MInnesota

Fotos / Sons

Observador

scottking

Data

Janeiro 17, 2017 04:34 PM CST

Descrição

Zigzag Goldenrod
Cowling Arboretum
Northfield, MInnesota

Fotos / Sons

Observador

scottking

Data

Janeiro 17, 2017 04:23 PM CST

Descrição

Moss
Cowling Arboretum
Northfield, MInnesota

Fotos / Sons

What

Veado-da-Virgínia (Odocoileus virginianus)

Observador

scottking

Data

Janeiro 17, 2017 04:26 PM CST

Descrição

White-tailed Deer
Cowling Arboretum
Northfield, Minnesota

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