Wednesday, January 10, 2018

What You Don't See...

 I knew when I looked out the window this morning that last night I missed a party in the garden. Finally we are having a heat wave of sorts.  The garden has been silent, covered with a smooth if relatively thin layer of snow.  It seems that many of the creatures simply slept during the days of bitter cold.  Overnight, footprints appeared all over the place.   Some were big, some little.  Some tracks were straight others wavered like a drunk on a toot.  Obviously there was some digging going on as well.  The sun comes up late here because of the ridge which accounts for the blue tint in these pictures.  It was after 8:00 AM when they were taken. 

With so many prints to choose from I decided to feature the ones that I know I can identify for certain.  I would recognize Ed's footprint anywhere.  It doesn't take an expert tracker to see that a feline creature was out and about after he was.

These prints on the top of Ed's curved wall are also the cat.   Check out those prints all in a single line. I can't do that in the daylight on a smooth flat dry surface!

More prints right next to what's left of a catnip plant makes makes me confident that I know these are cat tracks! I can't help nut notice that Kitty's tracks are not as straight now.  Word is that the temperature is going up.  Instead of a fresh layer of snow apparently these tracks will be washed away by rain.  There is talk of ice jams on the river  too.  We have had this kind of a January thaw many times before.  We are happily and firmly planted here in the Stone Wall Garden.  Just like the plants we will stay put and bloom  as soon as  we can!


Beth @ PlantPostings said...

Yes, lots of partying going on there. We've had a couple of days now of 40s, so most of the tracks are gone, along with the meager snow we've had so far. But I've noticed bird, squirrel, opossum, raccoon, and rabbit tracks, and circular large feather patterns suggesting a raptor kill. Enjoy your January thaw!

Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax! said...

That's amazing - to leave footprints in a straight line with two feet is pretty difficult; to manage it with four is . . well . . . amazing!