Beau January 25th, 2009
Looks like snow in the forecast for tonight or tomorrow… If it’s going to be winter, I enjoy having some of that white stuff around- especially if the alternative is ice or freezing rain. Late one afternoon as I walked along the pond dam the Little Bluestem just stood out beautifully against the background of the pond. Snow flurries in the afternoon covered the ice briefly.
The next day was warm enough that the sun begain melting the snow. I found the footprints of an animal that crossed the ice- they look like coyote or fox tracks, but I don’t really know. Neat to see however. I also have to wonder how the fish are doing under the ice? Maybe if it stays cold enough we could even try ice fishing this year.
The next day the sun melted the snow off the ice to reveal a marvelous scene. The thawing and freezing of the ice had created some of the most beautiful designs! It almost looks like stained glass or something created by man… but only God and nature creates such beautiful scenes as this.
It was even warm enough one day for the bees to fly around. It was weeks since I had seen them, and I always worry that they are getting enough to eat through winter. Watching them buzz all around the outside of the hive was pretty neat.
I had to zoom in on one part of that picture above- I love how that one bee’s shadow is reflected on the white landing board! Here’s a close-up-
Is that cool or what? I liked it so much that I cropped just the bee’s shadow and added it to the image rotation of the little pictures by the quotes above. With cold nights and warming days, we could think about tapping a few maple trees for syrup. That’s a project for another year, however, and for now we’ll just enjoy getting things done around the house. I actually cleaned off that workbench in the barn yesterday with a nice fire in the woodstove- first time in several years. With any luck, this mad streak of productivity will continue for a few months into spring. Goodness knows it’s time to think about what’s going in the garden this year.