Snow Frame Art

Karl VonBerg Wednesday, 25 March 2020

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Do you ever feel bored or lonely, with nothing to do? One of my go-to’s, besides raiding the kitchen for food, (not recommended!) is to take a walk. A walk, even to a place you have been many times, can become an adventure.

On a warm December day, when I had been inside for too long, I took a break and checked out the West Branch Preserve near Walton as the snow was starting to melt. I often walk this preserve. I found some tracks and downed trees and a gurgling brook with little frozen waterfalls. On my way back I realized that as the snow melted around small plants it made for nice framed pictures of these plants. What follows are the snow framed pictures I captured. Enjoy!

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This is Reindeer moss which is really a lichen.

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More Reindeer Lichen.

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Reindeer Lichen and Poverty Grass.

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Haircap moss.

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Haircap moss and lichen.

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Haircap moss. Notice the little black specks? Those are Springtails.

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Poverty grass, lichen and moss with fruiting bodies sticking up.

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Combination of lichen, moss and poverty grass.

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Haircap Moss with fruiting bodies sticking up.

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Reindeer Lichen.

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Haircap moss with oak leaves tucked in.

It amazes me sometimes what you can find as you take in the natural world on a walk. Often the days when you would least like to take a walk (cold, deep snow, windy or rainy) can be the best, in terms of what you will discover. Ready for adventure? Find a park, a NYC Watershed Recreation Area, or your or your neighbors woods and fields. Grab your phone or camera. Step outside and take in the natural world around you!

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