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Really? 2017? Already?!
Oye!

Winter cold front pushes across the landscape.

Winter cold front pushes across the landscape.

Our January broke onto the land with a frozen winter frontal system. I watched it push over the landscape and encase it all in ice.

If I didn’t know better I would think that I’m living on the windswept plains of North Dakota, but no, I am here in the Western Panhandle of Nebraska. Our own High Plains, High Country.

Little Wolf Ridge Butte framed by winter ice.

Little Wolf Ridge Butte framed by winter ice. Back door into the Ponderosa Recreational Area.

So out I venture, camera in hand to catch a few shots before my fingers go numb. Not too long outside, but just long enough. I watch my “boys,” if they start to shake their heads, ears flapping from the cold, then I get inside immediately.

My dogs: Brown & white Roscoe & Bandit enjoying the time outdoors

My scouts: Roscoe & Bandit ramping up their energy to be out in the freeze. Ready to go!

Here you go…. a few shots of my new year. It’s January 2017, in the Panhandle of Western Nebraska.

One Ponderosa frozen in time, and still standing.

One Ponderosa frozen in time, and still standing.

Stand of Ponderosa encrusted in ice and surrounded by snow.

Stand of Ponderosa encrusted in ice then frosted in snow.

Tree damage. Sleet; then snow, followed with 60 mph winds lay these burned snags down like matchsticks.

Tree damage. Sleet; then snow, followed with 60 mph winds lay these burned snags down like matchsticks. There are serious “widow-makers.” and sure footing is necessary!

Ponderosa tree lay frozen on the ground.

Another casualty of blow down. So many trees toppled from foothold in the sandy grassland soil.