This remote snowy plain is actually the golf course in Franklin Park in Boston.
I went across the street from the zoo after work last Tuesday, when there was still some snow (actually sleet piled up white) on the ground, to look at the freaky landscape.
Of course, I was not alone.
As far as these Canada geese are concerned, a golf course in Boston is as good as a tundra in northern Canada.
I canceled February's walk on account of we had more snow on the ground than any other time in history, and I didn't feel like walking through it more than I already was. We had a fair amount of melt in late March, and I was feeling good about seeing what creatures were out on the last Sunday of the month. Then on the Saturday before, it snowed again. In the Blue Hills, where the walk was planned, they got about 3 more inches. A friend and once-frequent Urban Nature Walker was going to be working at a maple sugar festival at Brookwood Farm in the Blue Hills, so that's where we went.
Above you can see the grounds of Houghton's Pond Recreation Area, complete with fresh blanket of snow and incongruent obsolete technology. We parked here and took a shuttle bus to the farm.
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I'd basically given up on tracking this winter, since the snow is so deep. But here, in a public path in the zoo, a striped skunk left these beautiful marks in the fresh powder.
I was struggling to identify them, then I came across this set on top of the deep snowpack. That simple short shuffling stride is clearly a skunk.
A stone wall on Glen Lane. Glen Lane divides Franklin Park into The Greeting (now the zoo) and The Country Park (now the golf course). Outside the zoo fence it's called Glen Road, and it turns into Green Street, a well known street in Jamaica Plain. I mainly think of it as the place where the zoo staff parks.