Plus 9C today! We finally reached the record temperature in the January thaw.
Minus 9C this morning. There is still enough snow on shady slopes and in the forest that makes it difficult to walk when the temperature is above freezing, so I left early for the North Bluff.
Now that the snow has gone from their sunny slopes, you can see that the bluffs are basically sand dunes.
Some of the trees have lost the sand around their roots and look like spiders. It is amazing that they can still survive.
It is wonderful to walk without heavy snowshoes on my feet and I could easily go much further. There are several silt cliffs along the North Bluffs, but this one is the biggest. it slides right down to the river.
A game trail wanders close to the edge. Some of it has fallen in. I expect the fall floods pulled more land into the river there. (The brown stuff is Juniper. It will green up when the sun gets its juices flowing.)