Snowshoe!

Today was amazing. Over 40 degrees, with plenty of snow and blue sky… I finally strapped on my snowshoes and headed out into the field.

pano

This is my view after about 20 minutes of stomping around in the snow.

coyote-hole

Around the field were these holes and piles of snow, coyotes digging up… mice? Shrews? It was neat seeing them scattered around.

snow-bug

I found 2 of these, but I haven’t looked up what they are yet. I stopped and chatted with them about how nice the sun felt!

tracks

I finally made it to the river. I always picture animals meeting at the same time when I see paths cross like this. Like, “oh, hey, how’s winter treating ya?”

mink-side

Then I headed home along a smaller stream… paused to admire the snow banks… and noticed what looked like a stump sticking up out of the water… but it moved! A mink! I had spied him once before, and was dismayed that I had forgotten my camera, but this time, HOORAY! We sat and looked at each other for about five minutes. Very special and much needed.

mink

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