Lost in Memories of Winters Past

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Snow. We don't see much of that in Texas.

My hubby and I lived on 10 acres adjacent to a large area of Army Core of Engineers property that ringed Stillhouse Hollow Lake. This is where we raised our sons. It was a wooded area, high on a hill overlooking the headwaters of the lake. We could see the "weather" coming from the other side of the lake, long before it arrived at our house.

On the rare occasions we did have snow, it truly opened up another world. Besides all the usual beauty of snow on the ground, the trees, etc., suddenly there were hundreds of tracks all over the place! What was once invisible was now a clear picture before our eyes.

Hubby was an avid hunter all his life and a Game Warden for 25 years, so identifying the tracks was not a problem. I always knew we had deer and cottontails there, but now we saw the dance they did played out all over the open expanse we called our yard.

And we saw the fox who were drawn by the rabbits, and the deadly game played out there, which we could then track to its final destination, thanks to the snow. Well, the destination was final for the rabbit, anyway.

We found one fairly large cat print, a bobcat who had come in our back gate which opened to the hills around the lake. And racoons, of course, making pawprints everywhere as they "felt" of everything, especially near the pond. We also had a couple of ringtails. In case you've never seen one: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ri

I petted a caged one once and it had fur as soft as my Rosie who gets brushed every day.

This all without leaving our place. Out in the wilder areas there was more, of course, and you could follow tracks and see a story unfold before your eyes. Sometimes a joyful dance of life. Sometimes final fearful minutes for whomever was lower on the food chain.

Wow, someone mentioned snow and I guess I got lost in snowy memories of winters past.

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    We are always surprised at all of the activity in our yard too when there is snow on the ground. We expected the deer, dogs, cats, rabbits, and squirrels but were surprised that the turkeys and raccoons were so close to the house. The really fun thing is that all the animals use the path though the woods and yard that my husband made for me. LOL.
    1943 days ago
    I loved reading this blog Karen. It reminds me of our lake property. We see all the wildlife you mentioned almost every weekend, but following the tracks in November during deer season is so awesome. The past two yrs has been so warm and there were a lot more bobcats around. I am very fearful of our 20 lb dog being out there but he just loves it and refuses to come into the camper with us when we go in to eat our meals. He is always on the hunt himself. LOL Thanks for the memories.
    1943 days ago
    wonderful memories
    1944 days ago
    Awesome Karen, Makes one feel like they were there observing with you!
    1945 days ago
    What nice memories!

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    1945 days ago
    I am with the rest you painted a beautiful picture and very descriptive I will remember in the future when we have snow on the ground.
    1945 days ago
    Karen: I agree with Jeanne. Your writing creates clear pictures for the reader. I can see this recent story in a memoir. I have several books written by women, usually on their own. But when you're writing, it's the same as being on your own, right?

    You might be interested in reading someone whose books I read quite a while back: May Sarton. She wrote memoirs and also poetry. Her memoirs usually have lovely but simple pictures of her seaside home in the New England area.
    1945 days ago
    I love winter, summer, spring, and fall emoticon thank you for sharing your memories of winter, they were beautiful.


    1945 days ago
    What an awesome place you must have! emoticon for sharing.
    1945 days ago
  • JEANNE229
    You are an artist on canvas, but also on the written page. Loved getting lost with you in the descriptions of winters past.
    1945 days ago
  • GABY1948
    What a beautiful description, Karen! I'm IN the snow and you had me lookiing at it in a much different way! Thank you for taking me on such a eautiful trip, even if only for a few short minutes!

    Have a wonderful and blessed weekend, dear friend! emoticon
    1945 days ago
    Karen - what a beautiful description of what snow can show you!! Our town is surrounded by forest preserves and every now and then we have a lost deer roaming down the street. It brings all the neighbors out with their cameras - lol!!

    1945 days ago
    I love your description of the invisible world made visible. We have a lot of wildlife in our neighborhood, but so much of it is hidden - as it intended to be! Always a surprise when you see those unusual tracks in the snow!
    1945 days ago
    Sounds like a wonderful place to raise a family.
    1945 days ago
    It sounds like you brought your boys up in a truly wonderful place. It is amazing what the snow reveals- sort of a hidden life. The ringtail was totally new to me. Thanks for posting this and taking us all for a walk down your memory lane. emoticon
    1945 days ago
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