Jan 20-09

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2009: January: Jan 20-09
Winter leaf    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by David Roberts
Where the trees begin    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by David Roberts

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 06:59 am:

If you get outside to explore the woods on skis or snowshoes, you'll discover some of nature that you don't really notice in the summer or fall, like the little shapes on the snow in today's photo from David Roberts. I'm not sure what they are, but I'm assuming some type of seedling, perhaps from an oak tree, since that looks like it might be an oak leaf half buried in the snow. Without the snowcover on the ground here UP North, those jewels of nature would be lost on the forest floor and go unnoticed. Just the same, in David's second shot, if the ground leading up to that woodsy edge were green with grass, you might not notice the distinct line the trees and brush form where the bush begins. So, there's another reason to be thankful for snow, the hidden beauty it reveals.

By Jackie Ogden (Jackieo) on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 07:13 am:

Nice pictures today, winter is such a peaceful time of year!

By Donna (Donna) on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 08:21 am:

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By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 08:40 am:

There is a Bush that leaves in Washington DC today.

By maija in Commerce Township (Maija) on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 08:43 am:


By Mel, MN (Mehollop) on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 09:05 am:

Those little shapes on top of the snow (the ones that kind of look like little bitty oak leaves) are actually white birch (paper birch) female bracts. Though the seeds themselves are shed in early autumn, the bracts persist until they are knocked off by winter's wind & cold.

See "Michigan Trees" for reference:


(I pulled out my copy as soon as I saw the picture.)

By George J. Plautz Jr. (Slovenechild) on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 12:47 pm:

Can I get a degree if I remember all the science stuff I read on pasty?

By DEAN SCHWARTZ SR. (Lulu) on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 02:51 pm:


By Kathyrn Laughlin (Kathyl) on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 04:05 pm:

While not as flashy as yesterday's pictures, these are nice winter studies. I particulary like the green in the foreground contrasting with the white, gray and black in the background.

By John Michael Morgan (Mikemorgan) on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 04:34 pm:

You guys taking such great "snow" pictures make me envious.
Living in SW Virginia as we do, all us ex-yoopers can do for snow
these days is to view it online. We miss "real" winters!

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 04:37 pm:

Again, nice pics. Nice 2 c a little overlap in the seasons (Autumn leaf in the snow).

By Mike (Upboundeh) on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 06:53 pm:

Its great to take the time to really look at what
may be passed by so quickly...Nice pics. Quick
question...Does anyone have any suggestions on a
good or better type of snow shoe to get. I have
done some hiking thru deep snow but it would have
been nice to be on snow shoes.

By Ann Tomlinson (Tomlinan) on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 09:51 pm:

Call around some of the winter sports stores to find out more about snowshoes. You probably want longer, narrower ones. One U.P. company custom makes them for your height and weight. The older style "bear paws" are uncomfortable if you are on them for a longer period of time because your feet are spread out more to compensate for the width of the snowshoe. Good luck!

By Ken ja Mimi from da UP (Kenjamimi) on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 10:09 pm:

Hei Mel, MN I have a birch tree right outside of the kitchen window that does the same. The little bracts cover the car if it's parked too close. And they really stick! That tree is interesting in the spring, too.

By Mike (Upboundeh) on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 07:37 am:

Ann, Thanks for the info!

By Mike (Upboundeh) on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 07:38 am:

Ann, thanks for the info!

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