Winter is Everchanging on Flanagan Pond

Winter Wonderland Ice Out
“Ice Out!” Charles’ favorite time of the year. Photo captured February 3rd, 2016, at 7:30 a.m.

Winter Life On The Pond

Life on the pond is a constant source of fascination. Birds, fish, wind, waves, foliage and weather create variety on a daily basis. Winter is no exception.

This past week we awoke on Wednesday, February 3rd, to see “Ice Out” on the pond. One week earlier, there were ice fishermen scattered about on the 85 acre body of water. Today we saw an intrepid kayaker.

What a Difference a Day Makes

Winter Wonderland
Ice is still out, but 10 inches of snow blankets the back yard.

Then on Friday, we got whacked with 10 inches of heavy wet snow. Pine limbs are down all over the front yard. Somehow they avoided our power line, on their way to crashing through our fence into the neighbor’s yard.

Overall it has been a very mild winter, so we have no complaints. Snow shoveling has been at a minimum, and heating oil is the lowest it’s been in years. But…, but we remember last year we had little snow until late January. Then we had ten feet of snow in five weeks.

Yeah, we’re just a little apprehensive, and we never put much stock in a Groundhog’s prognostications.

Though we are not particularly fond of snow and cold, we both enjoy the comfort of a “Snow Day” from the office. I almost said, “from work”, but the fact of the matter is, we end up working a lot harder at home. If you followed the link above, you have a pretty good idea what I’m talking about.

How do you like to spend a “snow day”? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.

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