Secrets in the snow

One of the best things about having snow on the ground is how animal tracks are suddenly visible. Here are some photos I took of animal tracks on my last hiking trip to New Hampshire.

Many have been made by small, scurrying animals, obviously anxious to get back under cover –  mice, or perhaps voles.

Another small mousey critter, I believe.

Snowshoe hare. Impossible to miss with the huge back feet that come right up level to the smaller front paws.

Red squirrel, judging by the length of the stride.

I had seen some interesting ruffed grouse tracks on the way up the mountain, but by the time we descended, human tracks had obliterated them. I should have phtographed them on the way up, but I was intent on reaching my destination. Lesson learned.


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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4 Responses to Secrets in the snow

  1. GardenPest "GP" says:

    oh I am so happy that you’re getting out and about. Nothing as invigorating as hiking, snow, animal tracks. In the olden days we followed bear tracks until I realized that a potential result was unsettling enough to stop our pursuit. Good memory though.

    Happy holidays to you and your readers across the globe. Go Dirtynailz and your talent!


  2. Lee May says:

    Ironic, and interesting, isn’t it, how much you can see when the ground is covered. And how mysterious some of it can be.


    • dirtynailz says:

      That is so true, Lee. When the ground is bare, unless it’s muddy, there is no trace of who or what passed by.
      There’s a profound metaphor for life there somewhere, but my brain is too fried to figure it out.


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