The open spaces in the photos on the top of the hills are actually bogs and small ponds. In summer the bogs are wet and soggy and I would have to walk around the ponds, and it would take longer to walk across them. Another advantage of walking up there in the winter is that there are no biting insects to bother me.
The weather forecast for the next few days is rain, drizzle and fog. This will take away a lot of the snow and add water to brooks, which will make it harder to snowshoe across them. I guess there won't be many more opportunities to snowshoe for a while.