February 14, 2009

Tales in the snow...

Nanuq and I went out this afternoon to do some snowshoeing and to watch some of the racers in the Yukon Quest (I'll post some Yukon Quest pictures tomorrow).

While we were out, we saw a lot of animal sign in the snow. There were lynx tracks and hare tracks and a myriad of small rodents. Though a little interpretation may be required, it always amazes me how much those tracks can tell us about the life of an animal. Weave all those tracks together and you've got a fascinating but fleeting record of a story about competition and survival.

Here are a few pictures I took during our snowshoe. What do you read into them?


Anonymous said...

That reminds me of the tracks I found two winters ago, telling quite a dramatic tale.

First the little ground squirrel was hopping along normally, pitter patter, pitter patter, like a mini-sized rabbit.

Then, suddenly, the track got erratic, going in circles, crossing back over itself.

And then, there were the wing-tip prints...

Every Photo Tells A Story said...

Is this like a "Rorschach" inkblot test, only with snow? I better not reveal my inner psyche to the world. But, photo#3 has caught my eye, I wonder what animal made those? And,I'm glad the snow was all white, Michael:)