After snow

January 19, 2012

We’ve had a dusting of snow in the past few days, nothing like the quantities in the Fraser Valley, but just enough to make our steep driveway impossible to drive up. Last night we parked down by the highway and walked up in darkness. For Forrest and Manon, visiting this week from Ottawa, it’s a reminder of true winter.

What I love most about snow is seeing the graphic evidence of who else is around. Birds, small mammals, even the larger ones sometimes (we’ve seen bobcats at the top of Sakinaw Lake road and found their tracks afterwards; perhaps not surprising that they looked exactly like a large housecat’s…). Last night we saw a flying squirrel on the deck, huddled against the sliding doors. When I opened the door to toss out some sunflower seeds for it, it glided off the deck as gracefully as a bird.

Here’s our tracks on the patio with the varied thrush’s alongside:

And here’s the varied thrush’s tracks again, beside the flying squirrel’s.

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~ by theresakishkan on January 19, 2012.

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