Monday, December 28, 2015
Snow feeding and snow-shoeing...
The views were spectacular! The cows and sheep always look so magnificent (to me) against the snow. The snow itself shimmered like a million diamonds in the sun for the deep cold kept the crystals in the snow reflecting beautifully. My Christmas mittens worked well for feeding sheep by hand and kept my fingers toasty. I even had to take my mitts off while I was snowshoeing because my body was making so much heat, and I'm generally never without something on my hands.
Do you see the football shaped bird in the snow? Those are Sharptailed Grouse. They are the chickens of the prairie. They stay all year round and come in especially close during the cold, wintry months. There's plenty of feed around the barnyard for them and Russian Olives to eat in the shelter belts.
Besides my tracks there are deer, jackrabbit, grouse and dog tracks. I think the jacks have moved in from everywhere. It seems we see more than ever now. I sure hope they don't eat our young trees' bark.
Well, I'm going out for another walk on my snowshoes to see if the snow has firmed up any from the slight wind and sub-zero temps of night. At least I'll have some tracks I can walk in for a little firmer base. Wishing you all good memories of this past year and good things to come in 2016!