Ice Impact

Impact Crater

On our trip to Mars we’ve done a little sight seeing, visiting the frigid moon of Ganymede out around Jupiter. Seeing fields of ice like this makes me realize how lucky we are to have summer in Vermont. The lack of meteor showers is also a blessing. For non-believers in porcine powered propulsion and pig farmers in space ships check this hidden message out.

By the way, this one’s for Pablo who asked about the annual ice sculptures. Actually, we’ve been dealing with ice a lot – it is that season when winter watering gets, er, challenging.

Outdoors: 25째F/19째F Partially Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 63째F/56째F

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9 Responses to Ice Impact

  1. Pablo says:

    Nice picture. Now is that of the Mars polar cap or on Ganymede?

  2. Yesterday in the midst of our huge ice storm in Central Illinois, I also left several crators in the ice…as I repeatedly FELL DOWN while trying to do chores. Really, will spring ever come again ?

  3. PNW Treefarmer says:

    I don't want to gloat too loudly here along the Columbia River, but my pussywillows have been out a week, daffodils are popping up, and the robins showed up in the fields yesterday. Good thing though 'cause I had to start feeding hay a month earlier than usual last fall.

  4. Florida Jasmine says:

    Walter that remarkable photo of the ice moons is due to volcanos from what I have read. I have seen that same photo elsewhere although at a different angle taken by the probes we sent from NASA. So you are tracing their route? Note quite though. How did you possibly get that angle on the photo if it isnot the NASA probe? And what are the yellow things in the picture? I did not see those in the NASA photos.

  5. PNW, I'll let you gloat with your pussywillows. For us, the true cold months have the benefit that we use a lot less hay. I don't miss the mud seasons of fall or spring. Two weeks of yuck. Give me firm snow pack over mud any day of the week. :) In the spring there will be a time when we'll still be buried in snow and we can drive down the mountain through mud season to the lush green pastures of summer in the valley. It makes for quite the contrast!

  6. Farmerbob1 says:

    More Chinese characters in the temperature line on this post, Walter.

    Other than the pigs and other animals, and the rotating water flow in the upper pond that I just read about, do you have any permanent structures in the water to break up the ice, or do you just throw a couple rocks when needed, and dredge them out later in the year with the backhoe on the tractor?

    • Actually, the upper pond is just a reservoir. The livestock don’t access it directly. Water from the pond goes to water troughs down the mountain. The waterers are set into the ground for ground heat and shrouded to protect them from the winter winds and cold.

      • Farmerbob1 says:

        Ah, I thought that you had other ponds lower on the property, that the pigs had access to, which might freeze.

        • Not during the winter. Pigs do not understand ice very well. It appears to be outside their ken. Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase, “like a pig on ice.” Not a good sight. They also wear very small ice skates and exert a lot of point pressure on the ice while simultaneously failing to test the ice properly before taking their 300 to 1,700 lb mass out on thin ice. Very not pretty. So as winter closes in we close the ice skating rings from the pigs and they have to make do with cross country skiing as their sport of choice.

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