We got about a foot of snow early this week. It’s a little more difficult to walk around in a prairie with snow that deep, especially without snow shoes (which I don’t have). The good thing is that, at least so far, the snow is still very fluffy. It’s a lot easier to walk through fluffy snow than crusty snow. With fluffy snow, you don’t have to lift your feet straight up out of the holes they made before swinging them forward. The biggest challenge with fluffy snow is to keep it out of your socks…
Ashley (Hubbard Fellow) and I met up on Wednesday to tramp around in the sandhills portion of the Platte River Prairies as the sun dropped toward the horizon. This her last official week as a Fellow, but she’s agreed to stick around for a couple more weeks to help train the two incoming Fellows who start on Monday. Our Wednesday evening hike was a nice opportunity to just explore – and photograph – together one last time before her Fellowship ends. I was only half thinking about photography, but managed to get a few reasonable shots anyway. Here are a few.
Snow and cold isn’t very practical to be honest.
But it’s dryer and brighter, and that’s something.
This brings to mind an observation I made while up in Indiana two years ago. Heavy snows flatten the previous summer’s growth, making it much less prone to burning. On the Gulf Coast lightning fires are common in May and June despite the prairie being flush with green growth. It’s the previous year’s dead grass stalks (which don’t flower until July/August) that are dense and stick up above the green that carries the fire. Obviously something that doesn’t happen where snow flattens those stalks down.
I’ve been reading entirely too much news. The rose hip or gall in the first image brought to mind a hand grenade. I’m not sure that would have been true a year ago!
i thought it was a capsule from something in the mallow family. Possibly it is from velvet leaf. Your explanation is more interesting.
I read your new book, Hidden Prairie. Lots of fun.