It does happen. Here came a car. Some people just drive through on the gravel road, but most of the vehicles we see out there belong to people who tend the vines. That was the case with this one. The driver recognized me and, especially, Callie. We waved as he drove past.
At about the same spot, I noticed this flower in the snow. The ground has stayed very warm since summer, and there were, at least until now, still wildflowers all around the vineyard.
I also noticed a lot of animal tracks. I don't really know what big animal had been wandering around out there. Maybe a badger? The paw print was two or three inches from top to bottom. That's a layer of brown leaves you see on the ground, under the slushy snow.
Here's another paw print. I don't know what this one is either. You might notice that the photo is smudged. A fine, frigid mist was floating in the air, and toward the end of the walk I realized that my camera lens was so wet that the drops of water were starting to, well, drip and run, blurring the photos.
This last shot seems to show the curvature of the earth. Well, not really. The vineyard sits on top of a curved ridge, with deep ravines on either side where streams flow down toward the river when the weather is wet. It was wet yesterday, because the snow was melting on the warm ground. The air temperatures had stayed slightly above freezing overnight and remained there all day. Nearly all the snow is gone now, I think.