This is the eleventh installment in a year-long series of monthly scenes from Claude Moore Park in Sterling, VA. To read from the beginning, please visit my posts from the past months; March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, and December.
Remember last month, when I was bemoaning the lack of snow? Well, we got a pretty dusting of snow, and then we got a few feet more. I think it will be early February before I’ll be able to get over to the park to take pictures, and the frogs and turtles will be staying with us a while longer while the park roads are being plowed.
So here’s the first part of the month, in which it was very cold for Northern Virginia, and ice waves formed on the ponds.
And the clear January light made for some stunning views as I walked.
On these very cold days I was adventurous and followed a deer path for a bit, something I don’t usually do because the long grasses harbor ticks. (And the ticks were still active in December, because it was so warm!) But with temperatures in the teens and twenties, it seemed safe.
I did see a few White-Tailed Deer later that morning, in the woods.
I saw a lot of birds as well, like this puffed-up cardinal.
I’m sorry this is a rather short post for this series. I guess there was too much nature happening for me to get out and photograph the nature! In February I’ll post a follow-up with some pictures of the snowy woods.