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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.

The bark of a Scots pine is thin, flaky and almost orange on the upper trunk and branches:

Woollen mittens are warm and surprisingly wet-and-snow-resistant. :)

Tomorrow I will be joining , of course, Judith


Next week I will be linking this post also to the following blog events:

♥ Thank you all for your
very kind, wise, witty and interesting comments! ♥

Have a lovely new week!


  1. Wonderful post, I enjoyed reading you are a kind of a tree hugger, I can imagine. You made extremely beautiful pictures of the barks, the birchbark is very nice put the photo of the Scotch pine bark is magnificant. We don´t have much snow in our country, this year nothing at all. Snowcrusts may be nice to walk on, but when we were on holidays skiing on an icy snowcrust I was scared.
    Thank you for sharing all these great photos.

  2. Ah, mitä kuvia! niin hyvin tulee talvinen hiljainen tunnelma tuosta koivusta ja männyn kaarnasta, hankikuvista ja tumpuista. Talvessa on niin paljon kaunista.

  3. Hello Sara,
    What have you still are a lot of snow. I read with interest your story!
    What does the bark of the tree beautiful with all those beautiful pastel colors!
    A fine week desired!

    With Love, Gerry

  4. Love the mittens on the tree - and the bard - great post.

  5. I like the way the Scots Pine is flaking. Very pretty! And the mittens looks very pretty on the bark too.

  6. Lovely post Sara! No sunshine here today, more snow and cold and windy. That flaky pine bark is beautiful! Tree barks are as varied as foliage, aren't they? Nature is always fascinating!

  7. Great photos of the different barks. Interesting items on the different snow types. It is raining here today. I noticed that the trees are starting to put on their new leaves. It is spring. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  8. Bark is so interesting, you captured some nice varieties. Have a great first week of Spring!


  9. I hope you have a great week too! xx

  10. I love reading about your snow crust and seeing your mittens reminds me how different our lives are and why I enjoy peeping into your glorious woodland garden. I am sure you were welcomed into Sunlit Sunday as your sunny comments brighten all our blogs!
    Have a great week.
    Wren x

  11. I hope that snow crust soon softens and melts so that spring can show off flowers and plants. Love the curling birch bark - birch trees are among my favorites. The mittens look not only warm, but pretty. Have a wonderful week, Sara.


  12. Hoping the snow crust and snow melt soon and give you the glimpse of spring. Love your photography

  13. Great mosaics of awesome photos.

  14. Beautiful mosaic.......lovely shots!

    Happy Monday!

  15. Wonderful pictures- love the close ups of the tree bark. Isn't the snow crust amazing, I remember walking on it when I was younger. It was fun to see how far you could go without breaking through. There were many trees taken down near the road by our county maintenance crew recently. They were all older and have massive trunks. I hated to see them do this but their excuse was they're too close to the road. I suspect they're really up to something planned for the future that I don't want to know about.

  16. Pretty images and mosaics! Hubby and I are tree hungers too! Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

  17. Hello my fellow tree hugger. I enjoy learning of he intricacies of winter you're sharing and I wish to add to the snow crust info is that when it's hard, breaks under your feet and you fall, it hurts!
    I had no idea a Scots pine bark had the colour in it as shown, Mother Nature's artwork and of course your pretty mittens on top.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Sara.

  18. A gorgeous mosaic...and I did not know about the snow crust....we have one right now that the cold weather can not penetrate. But it is lovely to look at...and oh that bark is gorgeous too. I also don't like to see trees cut down if possible but we had to cut several because of an infestation....we left some trunks and some snags for wildlife.

  19. We live in a woodland setting. I agree, it is a wonderful place. - Margy

  20. I miss seeing woods around living in this concrete city. This is refreshing to look at. :)

  21. I'm a tree hugger too Sara, I admire their strength.
    To think they can grow from a tiny seed and live for hundreds of years in some cases - that deserves respect!
    Inspiring photos as always Sara!

  22. I've enjoyed visiting today and learning about snow! as it is something we don't have at all where I live. I wish for some sometimes. Oh well. Have a wonderful week and thankyou for stopping by my blog today. I wish you a sunny spring!

  23. When I taught art I used the thin bark of our birch to paint on. The student would get it wet and let it dry flat then choose an animal or flower as their project. Have a blessed week.

  24. I can feel that birch bark gently rustling in that cool breeze, Sara. Snow crust, huh? Well, definitely good to know! Thanks for a most cozy post.

    Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday!


  25. So beautiful images of great scenery.
    Good Wednesday to you.

  26. I remember, as a child, how it was a fun challenge to try walking across the crust of snow and not break through it. I love the texture in your photos, Sara, the evergreen needs, the flaking bark and especially the woolen mittens on the fallen tree; I wonder if you knit those mitts!


  27. Sara, I really love the bark pictures. They would make great backgrounds. Sylvia

  28. What a beautiful place. I love your photos of the different bark. Nice collage of what you could see.


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