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Looking Up

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Snow-bedecked hardwoods in the high country

The high country was a magical place yesterday as the sun came out and lit up the snow bedecked trees. I was up in the Lion’s Ridge area of the Camel’s Hump Nordic Ski Center yesterday where the powder was plentiful.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 14mm, ISO 400, f/14, 1/250″ exposure.

Snow basket

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Queen Anne’s lace becomes a basket of snow

Light morning snow bedecks the dried seed head of Queen Anne’s lace—a fine little basket of snow.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/4, 1/4000″ exposure

Snowy spruce

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A red spruce at the edge of our field sports a mantle of snow this morning

Yesterday’s surprise snow storm made for a pretty morning as the sun rose in a cloudless sky. With a strong southerly airflow, temperatures rose quickly and the 4″ of snow we received is on its way to melting.

According to Mary Holland, this is a boom year for conifer cones, and my observations from around our area bares this out. Those critters that feed on conifer cones—red squirrels, voles, waxwings, chickadees, nuthatches, grosbeaks, crossbills, and siskins—should see a bit of a bump in their numbers next breeding season.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 84mm, ISO 800, f/10, 1/640″ exposure.

Impression

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A small twig sapling sprung from the snow creates a fleeting impression

While skiing up to Bald Hill at the Camel’s Hump Nordic Ski Area yesterday, I came across several places where small twig saplings had been bent beneath the deep snow. As the warm March sun went to work on south facing sections, the twigs had sprung loose  to create fleeting impressions in the snow. Kind of a second shadow.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 61mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/3200″ exposure.

Meander

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Coyote tracks meander across the Windekind Farm meadow

This track tells the story of a coyote trotting across the meadow at Windekin Farm. Coyotes will often meander across a field sniffing and listening for prey—voles, moles, and mice hiding beneath the snow.

 

Fins

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Bent stems break the surface of the snow

Like fins on the back of some subnivian creature, these bent stems break the surface of fresh snow.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 61mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/4000″ exposure.

Composed

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A simple composition

While skiing yesterday, my eye was caught by the simplicity of this composition. Twigs, branches, snow…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 19mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/640″ exposure.

Positive & Negative

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Positive & negative space in stream ice

Adrift

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A solitary beech leaf beneath a drift’s curl

Out skiing in the backcountry today, I came across this beech leaf beneath the curl of a new snowdrift.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 19mm, ISO 800, f/14, 1/60″ exposure

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