This is the penultimate week of
Karen's Sunlit Sunday
... and I decided to participate with this post, even though the sunshine is not really the today's topic. Well, as you can see, the sun has been shining recently.
I'm a tree-hugging girl. I love woodlands and forests, and am always sorry to see a tree cut down.
Some days ago, however, it was time to cut two pines, left in a harvested area to provide seeds for a new forest stand (a seed tree, that is). The wood will be used for a small building work. My father did the dangerous part, and I had even time to take some photos with a pocket camera.
It was windy, but otherwise very silent and peaceful, except when the chainsaw was used,
obviously. :) Only the peeling birch bark was flapping in the wind.
It's easy to walk around in the wood now, when the snow crust is thick and strong. I wasn't familiar with the English term and was happy to find a really helpful meteorological glossary, by the American Meteorological Society, available at http://glossary.ametsoc.org/wiki/Main_Page.
Thus, a snow crust is "a crisp, firm, outer surface upon snow. - Basically, three types of snow crusts exist, formed by 1) the refreezing of surface snow, after melting and/or wetting, to form a hard layer of snow (sun crust, rain crust, spring crust); 2) the packing of snow into a hard layer by wind action (wind crust, wind slab); and 3) the freezing of surface water, however derived, to form a continuous layer of ice on top of snow (film crust, ice crust). A snow crust is designated as "breakable" or
"unbreakable" according to its ability to support a person on skis."
One of the photos of my collage (at the bottom of this post) aims to show how the snow crust now carries easily a person, even without skis or snowshoes.
Woollen mittens are warm and surprisingly wet-and-snow-resistant. :)
Tomorrow I will be joining , of course, Judith
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Have a lovely new week!