While the each season changes the appearance of the landscape nothing changes its appearance as dramatically as does winter's first coat of snow. Along with altering the appearance of the landscape it also changes the daily patterns of many of our wild critters.
Our first snow of the season came Monday afternoon and was followed by snow and ice Wednesday resulting in 7-8 inches of total accumulation covered over with a thick crust of ice. A fawn with hair fluffed to repel the cold stands silently in a winter landscape covered in snow and ice.
And walking isn't as easy for each step meets resistance; the crust must be broken by the deer's weight before firm footing can be made on the ground below.
With much of their natural food covered with snow the birds are flocking to the feeders. I thought this was the white-throated sparrow pic of the day.........
Until I captured this one. While partially obscured by the intervening branchs I was drawn to its inquisitive look as it peered out at the camera.