Here are a few pictures since my last post a month ago. We are in the middle of winter. We have warm days that melt the snow, rainy days, and then more snow and lots of cold. The lakes are frozen. But the days are getting longer…. Here are a few pictures from the last month.
Stream flowing at Lake Katherine
The stream ends in the lake that is kept from freezing with a bubbling fountain. In the morning the geese and ducks are gathered before flying away for the day.
Walking on the trail around Lake Katherine on February first.
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The alder tree caught my attention today with all the hanging catkins.
On the alder tree the male catkins are the long thin one. The mature female catkins look like tiny pine cones.
The bench reminds us of other times of the year when this is the perfect place to sit and enjoy the magic of the moment.
One of the problems with hiking this time of year is icy trails. The show starts to melt on warm days, then freezes up and gets icy. We ended up on a walk at Cranberry Slough in the forest preserve yesterday where we spent most of the walk on the side of the trail or looking for places to walk that were not icy. Luckily we made it with no falls. It ended up being a beautiful walk, though we were looking down at our feet more than usual.
Another cold Saturday recently took us down this hill with helpful log steps and no ice. In previous years we found it to be a dangerous decent when it was snowy or icy!
February has brought snow off and on to our yard, along with the polar vortex.
One day I noticed that a downy woodpecker was completely fluffed up, I guess to keep warm.
A flock of dark-eyed juncos have been visiting the yard throughout the winter.
The rabbit visits too. We also see rabbit footprints in the snow.
The snow crocuses have been pushing up through the ground since January, though they will need some warmer weather to bloom. I have seen daffodil shoots too! It won’t be long now.