I took a walk to the pond, found it frozen over hard enough to walk around the shallow edges and so did, staying out of the deeper water as my old age has replaced adventure with caution.
Some photos on Christmas morning 2015.
|The path I kept open through the corn all summer is still used by a deer coming to and fro from woods to farm yard and corn field. Occasionally they dig out a little corn along the way.|
|The ice looked thick enough so I stepped on to the edge and it held without rumbling, so I shuffled all the way round to see the pond from the inside out.|
|The pond is dotted with clear spots. Didn't have my ice chisel to see if they are thinner there. I wonder what causes them.|
|The ice had patterns in it many places around the east edge. Maybe these are frozen reflections of clouds above|
|Shuffling along, sliding boots and never picking them up I old manned my way around the pond|
|Muskrat home #2 had a hole in it too, but no signs of traffic in and out.|
|Heading back from the outlet north. The peninsula to the right is where the inlet delta builds.|
|The turtle raft gets a rest for the winter. I saw only deer tracks around the pond, nothing else. The snow is crunchy and probably too hard for smaller animals to leave tracks.|
I took the same photos and enhanced the contrast to show more detail.
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