Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Winter Returned!

My calendar says that Winter won't arrive officially until December 21.  But Monday's snowstorm said, "Oh yeah?" and dumped a foot of snow on us here in Saratoga Springs.  But compared to a few miles south of us, we got off easy.  The Albany/Schenectady area got walloped with nearly two feet, I heard. But we got enough to transform the landscape with a beauty that -- once I finished shoveling -- I could take delight in.

Here are just a few scenes from a walk I took on Tuesday afternoon in Saratoga Spa State Park.

A snowshoe trail through a snowy woods:

A pretty little bridge crosses the stream that flows through the Ferndell Ravine:

Sunshine dapples the snow and shines in the little creek of the Ferndell Ravine:

No picnickers today in the park's picnic area:

A turbulent Geyser Creek rushes along between snow-covered banks:

The Island Spouter's mineral water washes the snow away from atop the giant "tufa," a buildup of calcium carbonate deposits formed by the spouting spring:

A fringe of icicles decorates the edge of the Island Spouter's tufa:

Late in the day, a low sun gilds the forest's trees with golden light:


The Furry Gnome said...

You have a lot more snow than we do!

Woody Meristem said...

On Monday we drove past your area just as the snow was starting to fall, the roads never got too bad since the road crews were doing well.