Creating “snow angels” has long been a favorite winter activity for young and old alike in frigid climates. Some remarkable creations have emerged, and, like ice sculptures, have often been elevated in their viewers’ appreciation by their ephemeral nature. The basic formula for making a snow angel is simple: dress in warm outerwear; lie down in fresh snow (generally face-up) with arms and legs outstretched; move appendages laterally back and forth; sit upright, then rise to standing position; step away from snow impression without disturbing the new pattern in the snow Voila, a snow angel!
Is it reasonable to expect that snow angels might also be created by
organisms other than human beings?
Here is just such a display made by a ringneck pheasant:
Surely, fish are another matter entirely, thus bringing us to our second remedy for Cabin Fever in 2017. Start by attending (Cabin Fever Remedy #1) the Open House of the National Trout Center in Preston, Minnesota, on January 14. With the expert assistance of the staff at the Trout Center, make an in-line spinner, or, tie up a bead Prince, Pink Squirrel, Scud, or other delicacy in size 14 or 16. Now, slip into waterproof footwear and a winter parka and take your fishing tackle down to the South Branch of the Root River, 2 blocks south of the Trout Center, or, go east a half-mile to Camp Creek. Tie on your spinner or fly and cast into the nearest pool or deep run until you have a strike. Set the hook, play the fish until you can handle it, then, swing it over into a clear patch of snow and let the fish do the rest! Finally, slip the hook and release the fish back into the water.
Here is a Camp Creek brown trout snow angel, made on a January day at -4°F (bead Prince #14).
Don’t forget to keep the fish out of water for no more than 30 seconds.
A memorable fish on a memorable day in southeastern Minnesota!