Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Open water

Snow dusted the mountain last evening, just enough to make walking slippery this morning. The new snow covers both ice and bare patches, so I can no longer tell one from the other. I step out smartly, only to slip and nearly fall when my boot finds the ice.

As cold as it has been for the past 10 days, I am surprised to still find some open water. The faster moving streams are still open and gurgling. That running water attracts the forest residents, too. For them, finding water in winter is nearly as much a chore as hunting or browsing. Tracks crisscross the banks of open streams, to the point where it’s difficult to make out who was visiting. Newer tracks cover and obliterate other tracks, while at the iced-in streams the snow is unmarked.

A slight moderation of the temperature around Roundtop will bring temperatures near to 40 in another day or so. I may take to a t-shirt again, if that happens. It will feel like summer. Perhaps a few days of that will be enough to break the ice on some of the other little streams around the mountain. I’m sure the deer and fox and rabbits would appreciate that.


One Woman's Journey said...

I found you - as I just wrote Tabor.
I smiled because your cottage is what I set out to build a year ago.
Stretched it a bit for family.
Your pictures look like my area in the woods. I will be reading your post.

Pablo said...

Your weather sounds about like ours. Finally some respite from those bitter days. It may be nearly 50 degrees at Roundrock on Sunday. I intend to do personal research to confirm or deny it.

Cathy said...

I got my dusting of snow this morning as went to work. Surprise too that the stream is open. Last time I saw the Delaware river, it was starting to freeze up.

T shirt ? you getting stir crazy now. ;-)

Carolyn H said...

OWJ: Thanks for stopping by. The cabin is always open.

Carolyn H

Carolyn H said...

Pablo: I'm not expecting anything like 50 here. 40's seems to be the number, and I'll be happy enough with that!

Carolyn H.

Carolyn H said...

Cathy: After the past 7-10 days, mid-40's is going to feel like 7-shirt weather!

Carolyn H