Following every heavy snowfall, we do 'trail maintenance' behind our house, so a couple days ago, being a pleasant +2 Celsius, I set out to tramp our snowshoe trail through the woods and around a nearby duck pond.
While most of my friends have the new, lightweight aluminum snowshoes, I prefer my good ole "beaver tail" for navigating through deep snow.
After a couple of passes, the trail is 'set' (at least until the next snowfall!). It's hard work, tramping through the deep snow, but worthwhile...this will give us a firm foundation for walking later on in the spring. By April, we should be able to continue walking on the snow path without sinking. (I love the long, lean shadows of winter...)
It also makes the going much easier for Callie-dog, who is light enough to run freely in the tracks without sinking.
Of course, she does like to be the leader...and it's very hard to convince her to stay behind while I break the trail...
The snow is so deep now, that nothing heavier than a rabbit is moving through the forest....other than us, I mean...We had a feeder for the deer out back, but the snow's too deep for them now...They have moved into the village, where they can travel on roads and sleep in backyards, away from the coyotes. There are actually four in this photo. Two on the right, one lying down in the centre and the big one on the left. Thankfully, people do feed them.
Yes, the temperatures have been wonderful; there is warmth in the air, but spring is still a long way off. For now, I'm just enjoying every bit of winter.