Happy New Year! It’s been too long since my last blog post.

On Tuesday Ordinary Spouse returned from a hike with tales of a bird imprint in the snow. She was still trying to understand what she saw, and Middle Daughter and I pulled on boots and coats and joined her for a second look. This is what OS had found…

Turkey panoramaIf you look closely about a third of the way from the right, you can see the wing imprint. Here are some close-ups…

That’s a one-meter measuring stick, so you have a sense of how large this thing was.

At first, we thought the wing imprint (and disturbed snow) was a hawk capturing prey. Ordinary Spouse noted that there were turkey tracks all over the hillside, including a set leading up to the landing site.

“Turkey?!?!” I responded incredulously. “What kind of crazy hawk takes on a turkey?”

But then we noted that the tracks led away from this spot. Eventually, we concluded that this was a spot where a turkey landed.


After seeing the wing imprints, Middle Daughter and I did a little more hiking around Pine Run. Two and a half months ago, this tributary of Jacob’s Creek was crashing down the hillside after Hurricane Sandy…

Pine Run (post-Sandy)This week, it is a bit more subdued. This image is from nearly the same spot…

Pine Run (mid-winter)And here’s another image of Pine Run that I’m fond of…

Pine Run (at Silver Trail)I love long exposure images. I also love to see how things change with the seasons.


Finally, let the record show that our five-day forecast includes a predicted high of 63 °F on Saturday, January 12th. Balmy.

5-day forecast - January 10, 2013

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