As you can see the woodpeckers are making their way through quite a few trees. These holes are so large the whole bird could probably fit in the hole with room to spare. I tried to take pictures showing the sap running down the trees. The tree to the top is very fresh because there is quite a lot of shavings just below the snow that fell this past week.
These few pictures were taken on the North East of our property. I love watching the water flow and now the creek seems to be widening with the resent snow falls. A few weeks ago we were able to walk on the ice but now the ice is melting. Spring is on it's way...hard to think of spring when the snow is over two feet high. Without the aid of the snowshoes we would never be able to trudge through it. Even with the snowshoes were feeling the pain.
Just to the south of this spot we were able to cross. This is the water flowing under a tree that's down across the water.
I love the roots of the upturned trees. The backwoods is very wet and very hard to get through without it being frozen over. There are huge amounts of trees upturned as they get too large and the roots can't sustain it in the wet ground. Some of the upturned roots are as tall or taller than we are. Seeing the mat of the roots is amazing. I'd love to drag one out as garden decoration.
The orange markings are at the North East corner. I took a picture of this newly split tree. The balance of which is hung up on a couple of other trees. Chris calls them widow makers. The trees that its suspended on are actually a lot smaller...so I don't think it will be long and it will be fully down. A good storm or heavy wind and the swaying of the branches may be its undoing.
This is another old root. I just loved the gnarled look. I can see a totem in my head with these wild gnarled branches inserted for hair. A wooden Medusa.
Once again, we started a fire at the edge of the woods. By this time we were happy to get the snowshoes off for a bit. We didn't stay too long because it was just too cold for the dogs even with the fire. I know that Widget can't handle too much cold but when my Scott starts to shiver, I know it's time to go. Temperature was at least -11. A rabbit burrow is hidden behind Chris. Last week Jesika was worried that we disturbed the burrow by taking some tree branches down...she'll be happy to know that all is well. You could clearly see the heat escaping out one of the holes...meaning that there is life within.