It really is winter now. The low temperature last night was -8F. It got up to -1.5F by the time we took our walk, but with the wind chill it was about -20F. Brrrr! But by this afternoon it wasn’t so bad – 0F, but not much wind and the sun was out. Here we are on an afternoon walk to the Knife Edge – caught by the wildlife camera.
Ice crystals on the door this morning
It hasn’t actually been very cold until today. A few weeks ago we had a snowstorm that only lasted an hour, and all the snow melted once the sun came out.
Since then we’ve gotten a little more snow – just enough to crunch when we walk, and stick to the driveway and in the woods.
Before the snow we got a little more work done on some of our fall projects.
Our friend Renee came to visit and spent a morning doing some energetic brush-cutting with me.
This is the project we worked on – the east-facing slope of Indian Grass Point. This is the northern half, just before we started working.
And this is the same view after we cut away the brush.
Here’s a slide show of this project – all the work I’ve done on it this fall. It starts with the first strip I cut down the hillside, from the open prairie at the top, down to the oak woods. Then I cleared away from that strip – first going south, toward the point, and then to the north. (It’s best viewed at high resolution – so click on the little gear below the video, and choose the highest quality on the list.)
And Mike and I did a little more on our Indian Grass Savanna project. This is at the northern edge of the area we cleared last week – a thick stand of brush between our walking path and Ragwort Opening.
Here it is after the brush was cut and piled
And the way it looks now
Here’s a slideshow of the whole Indian Grass Savanna restoration project that we’ve done this fall – beginning with the way the path through it looked in June, and finishing with clearing the northern piece next to Ragwort Opening. (It’s best viewed at high resolution – so click on the little gear below the video, and choose the highest quality on the list.)
This is the caterpillar of a Virginia Ctenucha Moth. They spend the winter as a caterpillar, and on days that are above about 20F, we see them crawling on the road.
Next spring it will pupate and emerge as a day flying moth. Here’s an adult I saw in June 2010.
A Bald Eagle – watching over Center Valley