Kids make them.

Photo by Loadmaster (David R. Tribble) via Wikimedia Commons

Dogs make them.

Photo by Martina Rathgens via

Tigers …

Photo by William Pitcher via

and even frogs (?!) make them.

Photo by LoggaWiggler via Pixabay

Snow angels, you say?

Well, yes, but every angel begins with a … ?


Yup, sounds just like it looks.

A sitzmark is a depression made by someone falling backward into the snow. The term stems from the German word sitzen (to sit).

I’m partial to the pretty ones left by birds, like this one:

Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters via Wikimedia Commons

P.S. Remember this cute pic of my Meggie making her (sitz)mark last winter?


  1. Deb says:

    We love walking around our property after a fresh fallen snow to see what animals have been about our property while we slept. You never know who/what sitzmark we will find!
    Yep, I remember well making snow angels as a kid, then teaching my son when he was a little boy! What fun we had, oh the memories! He will be 40 soon😊

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I’ve never seen a bird snow angel. Beautiful! The last snow angel I made was in Iceland last year when we were on a sightseeing journey and stopped during a white out of falling snow. Another friend and I immediately fell on all that fresh snow and made snow angels and caught snow flakes on our tongues like we used to do back in childhood. It felt so good!

  3. Mary Lou Bender says:

    How fun! Delightful! Thanks for brightening the day.

  4. Krista says:

    It has been so long since I have made a snow angel. Or better yet, a stizmark. I love seeing the different kinds of stizmarks that animals make, especially my dogs. They love to roll around in the snow. I can wait until I can teach my baby boy how to make snow angels and see his cute little stizmark.

  5. Bonnie ellis says:

    Love that Kermit the frog. Snow angels are snow much fun!

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