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Snow Litter

The expression "pure as the driven snow" is generally out of place in a forest. Close examination will reveal that the snow is covered with a dusting of debris. In the main enlarged photo twigs, particles of bark, "snow fleas" (inset, upper left), and seeds (inset upper right), are all visible.

The seeds in the upper right are from a paper birch (Betula papyrifera). They often fall in the winter and are blown across the surface of the snow, dispersing them widely.

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Last updated on May 9, 2014