The Day After the Bomb Cyclone

We survived yesterday’s blizzard, but I wondered about our neighborhood. Last night the winds howled and we watched snow blow from north to south on a horizontal plane.

b-snow cloaked well

As I headed out to check on the situation this morning, I noticed the cloaked well, so had the snow swirled about its structure.

b-stone wall

The pattern repeated itself in so many places including the gap in the stone wall.

b-pine needles in pileated woodpecker hole

And in the aftermath came new ornamentation in unexpected places, like pine needles in an old pileated woodpecker hole,

b-witch hazel leaf

a single witch hazel leaf standing upright,

b-maple seed atop hemlock needles

and a maple seed resting upon a hemlock twig.

b-snow fort 1

There were snow forts in various forms–some with arches . . .

b-snow fort 2

and others with turrets.

b-ice march

Though much ice had finally fallen, some continued to march across twigs . . .

b-gray birch new catkin

and coat new catkins with an extra layer of protection against the frigid air.

b-gray birch catkins

Scattered about on top of the snow most everywhere I looked, however, were the scales of the fleur de lis and miniature seeds of various birches and cones scales and seeds of evergreens. Somehow, and perhaps its because the ice still held them in place, many catkins still hadn’t sent their tiny seeds flying. For the birds and mice who dine on them, a slowed dispersal might mean food security.

b-red squirrel hole and prints

I wondered about the mammals and saw only red and gray squirrel tracks, in this case a red who left its tunnel to bound across to another below a tree. Later, one gray squirrel hopped slowly through the deep snow. Eventually it climbed a tree and moved with much more agility across its branch highway.

b-deer bed

Deer were the only others that had moved. One had found the southern side of a tree to bed down for the night, such is the form you may see here, with the smooth side of its back being to the left. I could imagine the snow swirling about it, but trust that at the same time, the depth added an insulating quality.

b-deer fed on fungi

I wondered what the deer had been foraging since the acorns were becoming more difficult to acquire. Curiously, I found that several downed trees I knew had been covered with fungi were freshly excavated and harvested.

b-deer feast 1

Red maple bark . . .

b-deer feast 2

also showed signs of a recent dining experience.

b-common milkweed aphids

Back home after a few hours spent trudging through snow so deep that at times I was up to my knees despite my snowshoes, I made a point to visit one more spot beside the front door–where the milkweed grows. Do you see the two insects atop the pod? Those were Oleander aphids who fed on the plant previously.

b-common milkweed 1

Despite all the wind of yesterday and last night, I was surprised to discover that the seeds hadn’t all yet floated on to new homes.

b-common milkweed 2

Like so many others, they remained huddled together.

The day after the bomb cyclone or bombogenesis storm, so named because of the steep drop in atmospheric pressure that occurred, I discovered that most of the world was still curled up. With more wind and frigid air in the forecast, hunkering down is a grand idea.



7 thoughts on “The Day After the Bomb Cyclone

  1. Wow, you guys were really dumped on, our snowfall here in the basin in Northwest Wyoming has been lighter than usual this year. My prayers are with you guys, stay warm and safe.

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  2. This is actually along the normal line for us, Laura. Thankfully here in Maine people are prepared to deal with it and we have the finest of road crews. In the end, it’s all about bragging rights. You should hear us come summer! Thanks for your warm wishes. If you love snow as much as I do, may some of it blow your way.


  3. Wow!!Some great pics….now I’m really scared!!!

    “I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.” Bob Dylan

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