27 December 2020, Pittsburgh
Nestled between two bouts of winter on Dec 16 and 25 the snow melted and the birds fed frantically before snow and bitter cold returned.
The melting began right after heavy snow stopped on Dec 17. The wind that day was so steady that dripping icicles leaned away from it. Then the wind dropped and new icicles formed straight down. (photo above)
While the deep snow lasted I found many tracks in Schenley Park including evidence of humans and …
… evidence of white-tailed deer, below. With the rut still in progress it looks as if the deer are leaving “calling cards” on the snow. (Can you tell me more about this brownish (maybe) urine? I found it in several locations.)
On 22 December the snow was mostly gone when I found a pumpkin graveyard on Aloe Street in Bloomfield.
The next day’s “red sky at morn” presaged Christmas Eve’s all-day rain.
On 24 December cherry trees started to bloom on Craig Street. It was 57oF.
And then it turned cold.
(photos by Kate St. John)