|The January Wolf Moon|
One very cold night extracted a bit of moisture our of the air, depositing a thin layer of dry snow on the crust left by the previous rain. I saw no coyote signs, but these precise animal tracks were left by a fox we saw walking along the edge of the lake.
Fox and other light animals have easy travel on this winter surface, but not the heavier animals, including humans. The thick ice-crust on top of several inches of light, dry snow make for inhospitable travel - unstable, sharp, noisy - for any creature that breaks though the crust.
I expect the deer are staying in very close quarters; not only would they be highly vulnerable to coyotes in these conditions, but just walking would lacerate their legs.
The cold temperatures also fashioned a new set of intricate ice structures on any object that was on the ice.
Sometimes even just a bump on the surface of the lake was enough to seed crystal growth.
I am way too easily amused by the simplest of things....
Remember the great pine cone crop from the White Pines back in August?
|August 24, 2014|
Well, now they are all on lake after strong winds blew them off the trees.
|Pine Cones Scattered by the Wind|
With just an inch or two of light snow on Friday there was enough cover on the crust to do some skiing on the lake. I was out yesterday with my nephews and we toured a good part of the lake, watching all the activity. It was a beautiful, but still cold day.
|Bob Houses have Appeared on Lake Wicwas|
|Winter Fun on the Lake|
It has even been cold enough that much of Lake Winnipesaukee has frozen over - bob houses are rapidly sprouting up all over Meredith bay.
It is good to know that winter has finally settled in over the Lakes.
|A Winter Afternoon|