The problem with February, you may feel, is that it goes by much too fast. This year we award ourselves a free bonus day of February – though it looks like we’ll still end up with a good bit less winter than we used to take for granted.
The mild weather seems to suit the ever-growing population of winter-resident geese. As temperatures climb each morning they begin to stir, fly north to nearby fields where they can fuel up on corn kernels, then return before sundown to settle on lake or marsh.
Snow cover has been intermittent but parts of our marshes have gathered small drifts.
Open areas of the marshes have mostly stayed frozen but thin ice at the edges has made for uncertain hiking and skating.
Bright clear skies have been a rare treat all winter, with none more beautiful than daybreak on the coldest morning, February 14.
Steam hung over the lake as the sun rose, but moisture took a very different form in sheltered locations on the marsh.
Even the tangle of sticks and reeds on the beaver dam took on a sparkle that morning.
By mid-morning the woods were alive with birdsong.
The cardinal’s flashing red was a surprise, but even on the quietest snowy days there are glimpses of colour in the meadows and woods.
Photo at top of page: Snow Load (click here for larger view)