It's that time of year when we get our most wintery weather. It was cold and windy this morning. Deep crusty snow still covered the ground.
Much to my delight, a bobcat had been following in my tracks just behind me. I spotted him but he ran off too fast for me to get a photo. As he went into the unpacked snowy forest, it looked like incredibly hard work. The snow was almost as deep as he was tall!
Bobcats are so tough. Here's a photo of one from earlier in the winter, when it was very cold and he was hunting in the snow. The snow was much deeper yesterday than in this photo.
Very gradually, in a month or so, it will start being easier to move around the forest because the sun will compact the snow so much. In the meantime, only athletes like Shyla (and the wildlife) have the freedom of leaving the packed paths!
I'm hoping for a sunny and bright day tomorrow to remind us all that spring is on the way!