The sunny blue skies below were taken on the 7th of January which was surprisingly warm and enjoyable. A Spring day in Winter – no snow yet.
I like the less traveled deer paths through the woods as they’re more cheering than the well used paths and definitely better than the hard flat machine made forestry tracks.
All the routes were probably initially laid out by deer but people and dogs defined them more and made them easier to follow. The deer don’t seem to mind sharing their paths going by the impressions I’ve found. Paw, claw, hoof and boot.
The first dusting of snow fell on the 27th of February – just enough to make the landscape interesting.
Then over the next few days it was constant. Which made dog walking more of a wade. Wasn’t that cold though. Just cold enough for snow. Which the dog loves.
Then three days later the snow is gone and we are back to bare trees with only the greens of moss and lichens. Like the elderly elder trees below being old disgracefully.
When I was a kid I didn’t know elder grew so big. The ones around us were just bushes because they were constantly cut back and all we knew was that straight elder shoots made great arrows for our bows.
Fast forward from late February to early April and the trees are starting to bud. Usually this happens a lot earlier. The local gardeners are telling me that spring is running late this year.