I walked down through a wooded border area to the low land area. I have walked around these marshes before, but never through them. You would normally be sinking in mud or wading water from a few inches deep to several feet deep. Because of the cold winter weather, I was provided the opportunity to walk through on the ice.
Shiloh running along the edge of the pond on the snow covered ice.
Just a view looking back toward the pond.
Emma examing the first house.
As I was traversing the many small channels through the cattails, I noticed an area ahead that appeared to be flattened down; so went to investigate. What I found was an area; appx. 50 yards in diameter; the middle area mostly flattened down, and the edges all bent over....sort of teepee shapes. My guess is that this phenomenom was caused by a very large and strong whirlwind; or a very small tornado funnel. I tried to capture it with the following pictures, but it is difficult to show. It was quite impressive standing in the middle of the circle.
Just out of the marsh area on solid ground, I came across several deer beds. As you can see, their body heat has melted the snow away. These appeared to have been exited from very recently, so they had probably moved along when hearing us approaching.
Rabbit tracks, deer tracks, coyote tracks, raccoon tracks..........just a major highway!
Coyote tracks...........difficult to really show.....
It was interesting, when out of the areas covered with water, that I occasionally came across small pools of open water.....just a few inches deep...with the area all around frozen.......perhaps a spring just below the surface.
Shelf mushroom on side of small tree. I have read that these are edible, but cannot personally verify that.
Just a picture of a cattail. This was taken using the flash, to help it stand out from the background.
Back near where I parked, I walked through an old pioneer cemetery. I found this about thirty years ago; and at that time it was just hidden away in the brush, but since that time, has been somewhat cleared out. When there is no snow, there are more markers visible; many laying on the ground, and some just rocks marking graves. Some of the people buried here died in the 1830s.