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Early snowfall in the North Cascades makes everyone happy around here. After two low snow years, we are hoping (against predictions) for lots and lots of snow for fun and to replenish the depleted aquifers and streams and maybe to give us a reprieve from wildfires next year.

MA and I loaded the dogs and various layers of winter clothes and drove to Rainy Pass where we found ten inches of snow on the ground and hardly any tracks. We were the first to walk to Rainy Lake. It looked like some folks had gone to Maple Pass Рnothing we wanted to try in winter conditions. The dogs and especially Luna were delighted to see snow again! It seems like so much more fun for them to run and romp hard with a soft white blanket to cushion the crashes.

At the lake I attempted to re-create a portrait of Sky that I made two years ago when she was a three month old puppy. You can see the original here. It’s similar but she is looking the wrong direction. My fault!

The calendar says today is the first day of Spring. Yesterday I saw my first yellowbell, a delicate tiny wildflower. This morning we awoke to three inches of new snow and it only just quit snowing an hour or so ago. Despite the conditions, Luna and I had our regular morning walk. Even she seemed less than enthused about the weather. Today’s snow was not unexpected. Now the sun is shining and soon this snow will be gone and the wildflowers can reappear.

 

I should advertise for Bogs boots.

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It’s been a while since Luna has been featured.

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Visibility was poor due to heavy snowfall

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Aspens were sheltering Mourning Doves

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A mouse or a vole hole in the snow

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She’s got the cute thing going

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Some springs, that depression in front of the aspens holds water

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These deer were none too happy about the snow

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I expect these daffodils will still bloom

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Yesterday was another long day of falling snow. I managed to do some shoveling when it slowed down just before dark. Today was the real shovel day though. I even had to go down to the bottom of the hill and dig out our mailbox. While we appreciate the hardworking folks that plow our road and driveway, we wish they’d take a little bit of care with the mailbox. Also dug out the porch, the paths and the snow that fell from the shop roof, leaving just a narrow walkway to get to the shop and greenhouse. Who needs a gym with all this snow? Luna and I enjoyed a slow walk too.

 

Even though we use this path almost daily, it nearly disapeared with the recent snow

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The lumps are bitterbrush that the mule deer need to reach for winter forage

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Interesting shapes in the snow

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And what’s this tiny thing?

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Luna is tired out walking on the trail. She no longer leaps and plays in the soft snow.

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Serviceberry

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Snow weighs heavily on branches

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The top of the middle tree broke off yesterday

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There is its top, covered by last night’s plowing

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This tree has us worried. It is leaning over our road.

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There’s two of them

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Chickdees and finches take refuge in a cottonwood

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Snow weighs heavily on the fiber. It vibrates with the weight.

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Lots of icicles

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Almost a surreal scene

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And framed by icicles

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lichen

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grasses

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A snowbow over Studhorse Mountain
snowbow over Studhorse Mountain
Truckcicles
truckcycles
Snow management could become a serious issue in January
snow management issues
Digging a trail to the bird feeders
on the path
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