The weather this winter has been a real trial. It's been a relatively mild winter, but it hasn't felt that way. It has been singularly dreary with long stretches of very cold temperatures, unending wind and very little sun. Perhaps that is why, when the sun did show up, everything seemed very alive. Even the buds on this very dead, fallen tree.
This tree too, seemed very vibrant, but you can't see the hole in it's base. It won't last another year.
On the other hand...
these cold, snowy, windy Hemlocks are doing OK.
A deer's version of a snow angel perhaps? Kind of a scary looking angel if you ask me. Maybe a snow squid, alien, giant bug?
Wait, I know, it reminds me of one of those electron microscope pictures of a dust mite. Creepy huh?
I knew those deer were up to no good.
BTW, I stole this picture from the internet.
A rock embedded in the crevice of a tree and covered with snow - Mother Nature's version of rock/paper/scissors? I can't decide who is winning.
Fortunately, some things are constant.
And yes, all these photos are from this week. The weather really is that crazy.