It’s a slippery slope … or deck

A frozen water droplet clings to a tree branch.

Mother Nature delivered a slick surprise early Sunday morning in the form of some black ice and other frozen surfaces.

It was also discovered that the “smartwatch” which is connected to the “smartphone” is a liar.


Ice forms along the edge of a small creek.

Whether it was this blogger’s lack of attention to the weekend forecast or a forecast that was lacking, the ice seemed to appear out of nowhere.

If one was paying heed to the forecast, it would have been obvious that some slippery surfaces were on the way. Saturday night temperatures were expected to drop into the low 30s to upper 20s. With the rain still falling that mix would create some slick spots.


Frost and frozen water droplets cover some goldenrod that is well past its prime.

While the “smartwatch” said the outside temperature was 40 on Sunday morning, a look out the window suggested otherwise. However, it still didn’t register that temperatures were below freezing.

This failed observation led to a slide and almost impromptu split on the back deck.


Sunlight illuminates icy tree branches

Meanwhile, the freezing rain made for some pretty pictures in the morning light.

Leftover droplets froze onto bare tree branches, making for a shining spectacle in the sunlight.


Kyle, left, and Kennedy, center, search for browse in the foggy forest.

Sunday morning’s weather also brought fog, which added to the ambience.


Some does and perhaps a button buck or two were recorded on the trail camera this week.

A herd of a half-dozen does has been seen almost every morning. However, not all of the wandering whitetails felt it necessary to venture in front of the trail cameras. They also hightailed it out of range from this blogger’s camera lens.

Nature’s icy grip started to loosen on the neighbor’s pond and surrounding creeks.


Sadie wades while Sherman strolls on the ice.

Open waters enticed a certain Newfoundland to take a swim while the Saint Bernard continued with his shortcuts across the remaining pond ice.


A Walk in the Woods contains photos from newsroom staffer Anna Applegate’s daily jaunts around her neck of the woods. Tagging along on the treks are dogs, Buford, Sherman and Sadie, and goats, Kyle and Kennedy. Applegate manages the Good Times and can be emailed at