Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Mystery Lines and Posts of the Week

The image below was taken shortly after our first significant snowfall of the year. I was out snapping various photos when I noticed these lines. The area around them was untouched. Pristine snow surround them on all sides for at least six feet (2 m). Nothing was dripping from above. The only prints anywhere near them were my own as I approached to capture the photograph. The middle lines were about twelve inches (30 cm) long. I have no idea what made them. Any guesses?

mystery lines

And now, without further delay, here are the Posts of the week.
The icon below is yours for the taking if if your blog post is named as a Post of the Week - either as top post or as a runner up.

This week's top posts are tied. They're both so well written that I couldn't choose between the two. So you all luck out and get both:

by Betty
at Bossy Betty


The Stage Was Set
by EthelMaePotter
at The Adventures of Fred and Ethel

Other wonderful posts are categorized below (they may well fit into more than one category but I'm only selecting one for each):

When the Bananas are Frozen
by Lailani
at The Green Grass Grows All Around

by Reb
at Sibu Pegasus Power

Persistent Little Pest
by Tabor
at Room Without Walls

The Title of This Entry is "Eggplant"
by TattyTiara

Meet Lenito, Lenetia Lenore, Kobron
by Sandy
at Writing in Faith

Peanut Butter Pie
by Brian
at WayStationOne

Guarding the Sunset
by Dawn
at Puzzle Pieces

Nothing Gold Can Stay
by Kate
at Chronicles of a Country Girl

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
by MPM
at Mental Pause Mama

Priceless Days Ahead
by Grizz
at Riverdaze

Wonderful Waxwings
by Keith
at Holdingmoments

Liberated Hero
by Cloudia
at Comfort Spiral


by Hilary
at Crazy as a Loom

Grandpa's 1950s Lionel Train
by Cheryl
at Lake Mary Musings

Remembering the Night
by 365
at 365 Attempts (At Life)

Recommended by: Moannie

Belle and Sundance - a Rescue
by Sherry Blue Sky
at Stardreaming with Sherry Blue Sky

Recommended by: Jinsky

Please drop by their blogs for a visit and leave a kind comment if you have the time. Also, please feel free to add your own choices (for any blog except this one) for a specific blog post in the comments section below, where others can see them.

Thank you.


Kristina P. said...

I'm not a fan of snow, but untouched snow is very pretty.

Anvilcloud said...

Don't have a clue. They almost look like wind ridges, but I think they're too small and the snow around looks calm.

Rosaria Williams said...

So much beauty to see/read before the day is over. Thanks for this service,for the wonderful creative juices out there we would never know about.

Dawning Inspiration said...

Reminds me of a pitchfork that was dipped down in the snow and picked back up...

Joanna Jenkins said...

There is some great blog reading here Hilary. Thanks for finding them for us.
Cheers, jj

Turtle Guy said...

...maybe these marks are from a great winged creature with long, sharp claws... never in Ontario though, right?

June said...

Wonderful photo.
I would guess wingtips made those furrows. An avian chase scene, with one or the other dipping low, then climbing again, presents itself as a possibility.

Anonymous said...

Love your ridges - probably created by wind?

So much good reading material this week. Thanks!

Dave said...

Were the marks scratches or raised on the snow? It was difficult to tell. As LadyFi suggests, probably made by the wind - Dave

Bob Bushell said...

An animal did it, it only comes out when it snows. It is the Windiwisp or Ida is the most common.

Loz said...

Crop Circles :)

Tabor said...

Thanks for the award. Perhaps the photo is a branch touching the ground slightly after a snow and wind. Was it beneath the edge of a tree? Unfortunately I am not a romantic and really interested in what ACTUALLY did it!

Tabor said...

Thanks for the award. Perhaps the photo is a branch touching the ground slightly after a snow and wind. Was it beneath the edge of a tree? Unfortunately I am not a romantic and really interested in what ACTUALLY did it!

Rebecca said...

you always have great blog list

Brian Miller said...

thank you for the smile this morning hilary...and congrats to all the potw...great snap as well...

holdingmoments said...

Strange markings indeed. I thought maybe the wing of a bird; but then I'd expect a matching pair.

Thanks for the POTW award Hilary. :)

Country Girl said...

Thanks, Hilary for choosing my post for photography!

Dawn said...

Those lines are incredibly's almost as though the wind decided to grab a few pieces of snow and pick them up.

Thanks for the award Hilary. Means a lot to me.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

we have lines like that all over the snow in our yard: from little mice that travel in tunnels underneath the snow!!!! Do I get a prize????????????????????????????

Lisa said...

Hi Hilary:)We get markings like that outside our kitchen window and I actually see little voles or mice traveling through the snow; so cute.
It sure does look like an angel wing though; perhaps your guide is traveling ahead of you.

365 Attempts (At Life) said...

Thanks, Hilary. :-)
And double thanks, Moannie!

Lori said...

What a cool picture Hilary! These look like another group of great posts to read...will visit them later today after the little's are asleep or tomorrow when I am not working....happy hump day Hilary. XX

Daryl said...

Perhaps there's something under the snow in that spot ..

Mental P Mama said...

That is so intriguing...someone's wing....

And thank you, again. I am humbled by the company I am in....

Anonymous said...'s very pretty! But, I learned from Mantracker that nature doesn't make straight lines, so it has to be man-made! :)

CiCi said...

We had some lines in the snow similar to the ones in your pic, but they were longer and they were where the really small black squirrels hopped onto the snow and looked like they were doing the butterfly stroke through snow a foot high.

You have some great picks this week. I hope you are doing well.

Bossy Betty said...

Thanks so much for my Post of the Week! It means a great deal to me. I truly appreciate it.

Out on the prairie said...

I think something blowing along nd it got swept off elsewhere

Cheryl Kohan said...

Thanks, Hilary, for the POTW are kind. I always enjoy the posts that you choose for your list and it's a real honor to be included.

Now, about the lines in the snow...the only thing I can think of is that there is something underneath the snow in that spot that had grooves in it and the snow that has fallen has settled leaving those indentations. That's a wild guess, I know!

Anonymous said...

Sasquatch has reached out his claws to create snow graffiti!

Off to enjoy some wonderful reads. Thanks much, Hilary! :)

the Bag Lady said...

I did it.
I was doing touch'n'goes on my broom......

steviewren said...

It's a mystery.

I love seeing animal footprints in the snow. On the first morning of our recent and still present (it's never going to melt) snow, you could track a big dog's meander through the neighborhood. He wandered up and down and back and forth.

ds said...

Hmmm...the wintry equivalent of a crop circle...fallen twigs?
Love your choices for POTW this week. Some brilliant stuff there.

Reb said...

Hawk? Maybe tree branches - how strong has the wind been? Otherwise, no idea, but very cool. Thanks for the POTW ;)

Zuzana said...

Dear Hilary, what an intriguing pattern in the snow - could it have been made by something living (moving) under the snow?;)
Very good pick for POTW today, I so enjoyed that post myself when I read it a few days back.
Congratulations to everyone else nominated.;)

ethelmaepotter! said...

Oh Hilary, you have literally made my WEEK! What a surprise to check my comments and see "congrats on POTW!" HUH? I made POTW?
I am just recovering from the flu (yes, I had my shot two months ago, but caught a different strain,) and still feeling quite miserable, so this was just what I needed to perk me up! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

As for those lines, it does appear something swooped down and dragged the snow, as the furrows are deeper in the middle than on the ends. The most reasonable answer is that a hawk spied a small animal and swooped down to grab it. But then where's the imprint left by the small animal?

Maybe you experienced a small earthquake during the night that slightly cracked the ground. SMALL earthquake. Very small. Teensy. Like almost not there.

Probably not.

She Who Carries Camera said...

Two large birds skimming the snow!

larkswing said...

What a fun surprise - I logged in and had a half a dozen comments waiting for me! Thank you sooooo much - you are too sweet!


Maggie May said...

Not sure what those lines could be. Birds skidding?
Maggie X

Nuts in May

tattytiara said...

Oh hey thank you! I am very sincerely flattered.

Anonymous said...

My first guess was perhaps something under the lines that made the snow form that way, but I'm sure you're familiar with the area and would have known. Mystery!! I like the angel's wings theory...
Thanks for pointing us to those wonderful blog posts and images!

Karen said...

I say, the wind blew through there making the snow waves???

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for this, my friend.

Those lines are interesting. Snow is full of mystery.

Dan said...

Simple, yet elegant snow depressions running in parallel.

Mother nature is an artist.


Wendy said...

Looks like angels skating in the snow.LOL!

Seriously, I thought the lines were over a sewer grate, or some sort of heat source, melting the snow from underneath.

Will check out your posts of the week.

Arts web show said...

That image.
It is curious indeed, maybe they are twigs that have been snowed over.

Steve Gravano said...

Some excellent blog stories and photos, you do gather some great stuff! As far as the lines in the snow, it's a mystery to me.

Indrani said...

May be someone scraped through it.
Interesting pic.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful lines in the snow.

Unknown said...

Hilary: I feel there were two birds involved in the markings and this indicates quick abduction of one over the other. That's my view. :)

Hilary said...

Thank you everyone for your clever ideas about the lines in the snow. I guess we'll never know for sure but at least now there are theories. ;) Thank you also for your always kind support of the bloggers who are named for the POTW.

Unknown said...

I always love reading the comments here.
You are much appreciated for all you do Hilary.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Hilary. I enjoyed the POTW this week!!


Sherry Blue Sky said...

Thank you so much for listing my story on your site. I didnt know you had until one of your readers came to check it out. Many thanks:)I'll thank Jinksy as well. It was quite a story, it captured the hearts of our country that winter.

I LOVE the beautiful photos you have posted. Canada is so beautiful, eh?:) We have snow here right now too, it's like living in a Christmas card. Love your site!

imbeingheldhostage said...

So many great names all listed in one spot-- I am book marking this so that when it's not midnight, I can come back and have a read. Thank you.

Your snowy world is so wonderful! I love the opening statement :-)