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Snowfall

Posted on February 4th, 2013

Hopefully everyone is getting a chance to enjoy the seasonal weather of this past week!  Last week, the weather was both a concern, and a joy for me.  I had business travel on Sunday to DC, the day that ice covered Eastern Iowa, and back home on Tuesday just before the lastest small snow storm arrived.  Then on Thursday, I got up around 5:00 am to drive to Postville for a watershed meeting, only to cancel the drive due to the winter road conditions.  Given that I was up, and unlikely to get back to sleep, I headed out to Old Man’s Timber at dawn to enjoy the winter’s blanket of snow that had fallen.

As I began my walk along the access lane (know as Locust Lane by my neighbors) I came upon a honey locust tree that caught my eye.  I have worked for so many years to remove honey locust trees, and have enjoyed the warmth they provide my home, but hadn’t seen one having captured the snow like this one!

Honey Locust Thorns Holding Snow

Honey Locust Thorns Holding Snow

 

Further along my walk, I was excited to entire the timber through the area that I have been working on the timber stand improvement work.  I continued north into the timber and took a few photographs, as I turned to look back to where I had come from, I was overwhelmed by the stark contrast.  Looking to the north I saw brown trees in contrast to the white snow, looking to the south nearly solid white.  It was interesting to me to see the difference the strong northwesterly winds had created in the scenic beauty of the woodland.  I hope you agree.

Interesting Contrast between Brown Trees and White Snow

Interesting Contrast between Brown Trees and White Snow

Snow Covering the Northwest Sides of Trees

Snow Covering the Northwest Sides of Trees

 

As I continued north, I paused to absorb the scenic beauty of the snowfall, both in sight and sound.  I truly felt that I had been engulfed by the understory of small Elms and Ironwoods.  As the sun was just rising to the East, the ski was clear, and winds were light.  I was able to take a few minutes to enjoy this winter solace, the visual cues were mesmerizing and the calm and quiet were only interrupted by an occasional woodland bird passing by or the release of a large mat of snow from the treetops or branches above.  For these few moments I really felt that I had become a member of the understory community, especially after a large pile of snow had fallen directly on my head and down the inside of my jacket, I was now part of the understory!

Understory Layer of Trees

Understory Layer of Trees

 

My morning stroll took me all the way to Old Man’s Creek.  I paused for a few minutes to watch the stream flowing, looking about for any deer that may stop by for a morning drink or a Bald Eagle may be cruising the area.  I reflected for a minute how much I enjoy walking in the woodland and all that it has to offer.  I took special pleasure in the fact that it was not yet 8:00 a.m. and I felt that I had already accomplished more on this day, than most early mornings in the office.  Then reality struck, my cell phone rang, and I was asked to join the watershed meeting via conference call………….a quick walk out, rush home, swap flannel for shirt and tie, off to the office by 9:00 for yet another busy and productive day.  This day, however, was made special with a morning dose of Vitamin N!

Old Man's Creek Flow Quietly Along

Old Man’s Creek Flows Quietly Through the Winter Wonderland

 

2 Responses

  1. Dan Miller says:

    Nice!

  2. Larry Weber says:

    Thanks Dan, I hope all is well with you and your gang!

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