“She had never known that ice could take on so many shades of blue: sharp lines of indigo like the deepest sea, aquamarine shadows, even the glint of blue-green where the sun struck just so.” ―
I walked around Kezar Lake in Sutton, NH twice in February. The high was 54F on 4 Feb, and 37F on 16 Feb.; temps above freezing are helpful for walking around this lake, which seems to funnel and fling a bracing, breathtaking northwest wind like a spinning pinwheel that follows you as you move.
Ice Day at Musterfield Farm, a demonstration of how ice was harvested in the past, was held on 3 Feb. this year, hence all the ice blocks on the lake the next day, and for weeks afterward, until it melted in late March.
There was also evidence of snowmobilers:
And the slightest evidence of spring on the way: pussywillow buds.
Light on mud — beautiful.
An ice fisherman augering a fishing hole.
One of the many stone walls found all over New England. What caught my eye was the parallel wall and horizontal tree branch.
A view of Mt. Kearsarge across the lake.
Featured image: animal tracks where the muskrat lives, and the water of the inlet appearing like a shadow on the snow
This is one in a series of posts revisiting field trips taken from January to June 2019, as described here.