Winter has really arrived now. We had a small snowstorm a few weeks ago, and worried that our clearing project was over, but it was a false alarm. The snow melted away after a few days.
A deer after the first snowstorm.
We got in another week of work before the latest storm. I think this snow is here to stay.
Indian Grass woods
Buffalo Ridge Prairie
Hidden Oaks bench
We almost finished the clearing we set out to do. Here’s the hillside after the snow. The line where we started is near the right side of the picture. The trees and brush are much thicker to the right of that line.
This was taken, looking into the woods, just before the snow came. The area in the foreground is nearly done. Some of the smaller trees are aspens, so I have to girdle them and let them die before we can cut them down. In a few years the hill will be even more open.
Western Prairie in its fall colors
Praag Valley, Big View Bluff and Sumac Bluff – with a coating of frost on the wetland
Sun through the planted pines in East Center Valley
We’ve seen a few bobcats on the trail cameras recently.
And a few owls in Cabin Creek. I think this is a Barred Owl with a small animal it had just caught.
Our neighbor, Shane Brossman, took this wonderful sunrise photo looking across Western Prairie last week.
Sunset over Western Prairie