Homeward Bound

tracks in snow
Homeward Bound

A favorite photo from another ice storm, captured near the end of the day with glistening branches and long shadows on the ice-covered snow, and a line of pawprints leading somewhere, hopefully to a warm and cozy home. There’s a quiet about it that I love, as the sun sets and the night draws near, all living things look for cover and safety before the icy darkness. A few years later I created a set of holiday cards called “Winter Walks” from the photos I’d taken during this ice storm, and Homeward Bound was and still is the favorite.

I’ll always wonder, though, the pattern of those pawprints is distinctly feline, but a small feline for certain. Cats step forward placing their hind paw in the spot their front paw had been, so the track is two prints alternating side to side. The prints had been snowed over and then iced, so there was no detecting the details of the actual print. I hope the kitty made it to whatever home it had on that clear and icy night.

We had a February ice storm 15 years ago too, and apparently I ran around when the sun came out photographing icy branches. Scrolling through digital photos during the same February week in 2007, I also dug through my boxes of prints to find the photos I’d taken with my film camera. No luck this time, it’s difficult to tell the date on them because I would hold rolls and then get a half dozen or more developed at once that could span months of time. But at least I get a chance to organize a little bit more of them each time I go digging.

Find the set of greeting cards here: https://portraitsofanimals.net/service/winter-walks-set/

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