I also LOVE the sound snow makes when you walk through it, I love that squeaky, scrunchy sound!
I had to go into work today so I took a slow breakfast waiting for good daylight before heading out.
My terrarium, which I introduced you to before, is thriving. I have new fern fronds springing up and even some new mosses.
This morning my favorite Allogona townsendii , Oregon Forest snail, was making a show on some new fern. I put my camera inside the terrarium for a photo-op.
While looking in I also spotted a newcomer. A Crane Fly has hatched and was hanging from the ceiling of the tank.
These insects have massive legs. The nymphs live in soils and leaves. I have brought home leaves, soil and barks to build my tank and I can also assume a certain population of microbugs. I have one Potato Bug ( rolly polly / sow pug / pill bug) for sure and many tiny spiders. I have even spotted a few worms. I will support this Crane Fly as long as need be. The adults do not feed, only mate. Typically they might emerge in the early Spring, so this one may be out of luck unless a second one emerges.
Suitably tanked up on coffee I set out for work. I needed this photo for my daily Flickr "365 Days in Colour" picture. Color of the month is purple.
Weather here is like no other place. We have a Convergence Zone which sets up and weather on either side of the zone can swing wildly. Add to this hills and pockets and some pretty massive bodies of water...
You never know what you are going to get.
The freeway was free and clear until getting to the hill above the edge of the convergence zone. Coming down the hill on I-405 to Hwy 522 it was near whiteout and it certainly was not going to let up.
I tell you Pearly Mae, my wonderful Honda, made me proud. Front wheel drive, manual transmission, the only way to go in such weather.
I made it up the hills to work, no problems. Here there was at least 3 inches on the ground and being Sunday, the road in to the facility was nearly trackless.
Two hours later and the snow is slowing down I return home. I decided to stop at the pretty mitigation area in our business park. I know there will be opportunity for some pictures. Besides I love walking in the snow.
Scrunch scrung squeak squeak rumpf rumpf
This rustic rail fence was a recent addition and I certainly like how it takes us out of the industrial park and into another place.
Young Douglas Fir and Hemlock trees do well with our snow. Their limbs yield away and drop snow.
This Cottonwood dominates the meadow edge. In the Spring it is glorious and is sends off the sweetest scent.
This area was mitigated to support the run-off of the industrial park complex. The pond and marsh hosts quite a diverse population of birds year round. It is a great lunch-time walk destination on those days where work allows.
There is always something interesting here, like this dried up Queen Anne's Lace
The pond hosts ducks herons and a lot of Red-winged Blackbirds. I have seen Muskrat tottering across ice before. Today it is mostly mallards and blackbirds.
A Red-tailed Hawk sits in the Cottonwood, hopeful for a meal.
The bridge marks a turn around spot for me, The snow really started bucketing down and I have a 20 mile drive of unknown quality ahead.
It turned out to be fine, with the usual cautious people and crazy people. There was notably less snow at home but now it has been really coming down for a few hours.
But no worries, Professor Mass, my most trusted weather guru predicts SLUSHMAGEDON by Wednesday. http://cliffmass.blogspot.com/
Wherever you are, stay warm.