Sunday, December 28, 2008

Self-dinting snow and other marvels.

Children at play.

This morning's spin of the Weather Wheel brought us fog. I returned to what is now known as the Fog Field, because it's the closest walkable place that presents a half-interesting vista. How did I get there? Sidewalk? No, either not shovelled, or re-iced by overnight thaw-freeze--too dangerous. Tire ruts? No, either slushy, or icy, or uneven--too unpredictable.

I discovered that the raised snow between the tire ruts had been compacted and freeze-hardened to a substance that has no name, but is marvellous to walk on. Firm, but giving, and with a delightful squeak. You are elevated, on your own personal tramway.

Tire swing.

I ventured off-track, into the field. The snow was knee-deep with a crusty surface. If you tried to run you'd lose your boots and sooner or later make an accidental, painful snow angel.

Tidy hemline.

In the morning light this European birch looked like a positive of an X-ray of its summer self.

Self-dinting snow.

The weight of several inches of wet snow atop more than a foot of powder is causing the snow to collapse on itself as it slowly melts, creating interesting, random dints. Intriguing, no?

When you receive a snowfall(s) such as we have had, you have the opportunity to see how dynamic snow is. With a curious (in both senses) mind, you can find entertainment in your winter predicament.


mr_subjunctive said...

That last picture looks kind of like a really big mattress or couch or something. I like.

Amy said...

Your photos of the trees and fog are beautiful! I well know how it is to walk in knee deep snow as I had to walk to school in it quite regularly! No fun at all, and you hope and pray your boots come back up with your feet!


Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

How pretty.

Cicero Sings said...

Some good foggy photo shots! Those snow dimples ARE interesting.

Marvin said...

I'm glad you found a safe means of making it to the Fog Field because those photos are great. I especially like the contrast between all the snow and the tire swing.

The dimpled snow is interesting too.