Whew!! Talk about your snow storms blanketing the world in white here in New Hampshire. Of course, by now it seems as though it’s the entire country that’s buried in snow. Enough already! Putting aside the efforts needed to shovel and plow the snow, it’s transformed the woods into a delightful and beautiful winter wonderland we’re eager to be out
playing in… ahem, I mean exploring.
Once again, we can follow the tracks left in the snow by nocturnal creatures, and occasionally, catch sight of the creatures sharing the forest with us. Here the deer are browsing on raspberry bushes, the tips of saplings and any last apples or nuts to be found. Sometimes they are just as curious about us as we are about watching them. We’ve seen a large flock of Snow Buntings for the first time in many years, which was fun to see and were surprised by some Ruffed Grouse exploding out of the snow if we unknowingly walked too close where they were hiding.
I look at these big storms as Mother Nature’s way of making us pay attention to all the beauty in the world around us. It’s as if she’s saying “Too busy to stop and look?! Here’s 2 feet of snow…that ought to slow you down some.” Well, they do say that Mother knows best! We’ve dug our snowshoes out of the closet and will have some adventures in the woods in the coming weeks so stay tuned for more photos.