Yesterday it was raining and the snow melted. Today the temperature is dropping and we are headed back to the usual January weather. We went to Lake Katherine for a walk this morning. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful morning!
Lake Katherine was frozen except around the fountain. The geese were on the edge of the ice and just starting to fly off.
The early birds were getting ready to fly and some needed a little more time to wake up…
We always like to check out the vernal or ephemeral pond, which has water in the spring that gradually dries up in the summer. With the rains this winter it is very full. Here is where the tadpoles, dragonfly larvae and water skimmer bugs get going in the spring.
In this shot next to the wooden bridge you can see that the water has been freezing and thawing all winter. Usually ice would be thick this time of year.
There are cypress trees planted around the pond that attract song birds in the spring. The cypress knees are sticking up out of the water here. I am in the background in my winter gear. I think the temperature was around 28 degrees, but it was not that cold, except for my hands from taking pictures!
There are a lot of youth nature programs around the lake. It looks like someone built a teepee. The grass is green from the thaw the past two days.
This is a closer look at the teepee that has both big branches and much smaller branches. The internet also spells it “tipi.”
We always have to stop and take a look at the beaver lodge. A while ago we saw fresh mud on the top. It was hard to get a good picture this morning. There are logs and stick spreading out into the water and a pool to the left where the ice is less frozen. There is still snow on the ground here.
Around most of the lake the snow has melted.
By the time we got to the other side of the lake almost all the geese had flown away.
Back at home, the compost pile has not frozen hard, so it has been easy to add kitchen scraps and the squirrels check it out each day and turn the pile for us.
In the warm kitchen the cyclamen continues to bloom.
Over New Years I finished the last of my five puzzles, that take me out in nature, while I enjoy my cozy home. I drew my garden plan for next summer, but have not ordered any tomato or pepper transplants yet this year.
Last night I added three small leaves of fresh kale from the garden to our vegetables for the evening. That seemed pretty unusual for January 15th!