Report by Linda Pearce. With temperatures in the teens and a cloudless blue sky, twenty-four people gathered for a brisk walk at the Susquehanna Greenway on December 13th. As we crossed the field to the trail, we entered into what seemed like a “Winter Wonderland”. The snowfall from the previous Sunday had clung to all the trees and shrubs. Some of the snow on branches had formed ice crystals that glistened in the brilliant sunlight. We came upon weed stems and branches that were covered with feathery hoarfrost. Hoarfrost forms when the water vapor in the air comes in contact with solid surfaces that are already below freezing point. Ice crystals form immediately, and the ice continues to grow as more water vapor is frozen. Beautiful! We walked the trail through the woods along the Susquehanna River, around the loop at the end, and then back through the woods, covering a total of 2.3 mi. Everybody seemed very pleased that we had such a beautiful winter walk.
Photos by Scott Fielder and Janice Downie.