Holding Pattern – Mystery Photo

Mystery Photo #1

What in the world?!? While checking the pigs out in the south field I found this. Any idea as to what it is?

Mystery Photo #2

On closer examination I figured it out. All the clues are in these photos. Leave your guesses on the Mystery Photo in the comments. Here is mine but don’t peek or cheat until after you’ve commented!

We’re currently in a holding pattern on the butcher shop. We had been pressing hard to make one last pour of the 2011 year to close in the Admin section where we could setup an initial cutting room to begin butchering. Having the tractor break down and then all of us getting sick threw that schedule off. We almost were ready after that but then got hit by the ice storm. When I came down the morning after the ice storm and saw how totally glazed our formwork was I realized we were fighting the weather too hard. Our time would be better spent doing winter research projects, tending the animals and waiting until spring before we do more construction. So now we are in a holding pattern. Spring will come. The snow and ice will naturally melt. Then we’ll be able to easily pour the next bit of concrete. It is easier to work with the natural cycles. Patience…

Outdoors: 24°F/1°F Sunny 1/2″ Snow
Tiny Cottage: 63°F/59°F No Fire

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14 Responses to Holding Pattern – Mystery Photo

  1. David Lloyd Sutton says:

    Hi, Walter.
    The convex look of those patterns had me going a bit, but my guess is that is the site of a large bird landing or striking, followed by snowfall. An owl, perhaps?

    Went to Gray Lodge Wildlife Reserve a few days ago, saw Snow Geese, Great White Egrets, Northern Shovelers, Cinnamon Teal, a Great Blue Heron (AKA Pterodactyl), lots of Northern Harriers, Turkey Vultures, a Peregrine Falcon and a Merlin. Even a Black Phoebe and some Pelagic Cormorants and White Pelicans. Maybe I just have birds on my mind . . .

    • Very good guess and halfway there. Check out the tracks. The snow was fresh. No new snow. The super high contrast of the bright sun on the snow makes it look extra interesting in the photograph – that’s where the relief effect comes from, the shadows.

  2. Katharine says:

    Possible footprints of your geese maybe?

  3. eggyknap says:

    Looks just like the tracks our chickens and guineas make, presumably after they walked there, the wind came up, and blew away whatever wasn’t previously packed by passing poultry.

  4. Jeremy aka "Copperhead" says:

    Could be a chicken, but I’m going to guess a Ruffed Grouse!

  5. Lorie says:

    I was going to guess chickens, my chickens leave these snow flop patterns all around their coop.

  6. Ariel says:

    I’m a college student looking for farm work, as I have a 9 day break, in a week.
    If anyone’s interested in having an apprentice for 9 days, please let me know.

  7. Jamey Williams says:

    In one photo I see what looks like Raccoon tracks. In the other it appears to be maybe a big cuss crow?

  8. Eric says:

    I think you are wise to hold on pouring more cement. You always amaze me at how long you push your projects into the winter. Here I am chilling and cant even think of working in cold wet cement. Rest and refresh yourselves for spring! I love following your project on your blog.

  9. Gina says:

    Looks like partridge. Looks like chicken tracks, but only my bantams fly much and none of my chickens like to walk in snow that’s not already packed for them so I’d definately say partridge.

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