A few sketches from my field journal from this long winter.
A lot of days like this this winter. Im not sure where this year ranks in snowfall numbers, but right now 2013-2014 winter ranks as the 4th coldest on record in Illinois. For the Dec-Feb period we had an average temperature of 20.8 degrees, the coldest on record 1977-1978 at 19.6 degree average temperature. The 1981-2010 statewide average for Dec-Feb is 29.0 degrees.
A portrait of a 100+ year old white oak showing the scars of storms and neighboring treefalls.