In the winter on the Chippewa flowage the daylight hours are short, many days of cloud over and turbulent weather fronts, and only the moon phases providing relief from the many hours of darkness. Stars in the darkness on frigid clear sky nights are an array of diamonds—seemingly within finger tip reach only to be recognized as being as far away as infinity.
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The forested landscape is as black as pitch with an occasional crack of frozen moisture in the tree branches—branches stretching for the darkness. There is wonder in a Chippewa Flowage night sky and woodlands—quiet solitude, still with stature, crisp textures, peaceful embrace, and always a sudden chill of wonder—a time to allow memories to spin.
During the daylight hours you can observe the snowshoe hare almost turned completely white, a red fox on the road looking for road kill, an Eagle perched in a skeleton of a tree near open water on the Flowage—gazing for a lunch, have you ever observed a red squirrel walk?, a breathing hole in wind fall near a fallen tree-could it be a bear den?, a black squirrel crashing at the bird feeder, visually trying to catch up to the flight of a Piliated Wood Pecker, a shoreline mink, wintering birds darting back and forth between seeds and suet on a bird feeder—Cardinal, Redpoll, Finch, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Junco, Chickadee, Nuthatch, Grosbeak, Tree Sparrow, Siskin–and maybe a grouse.