I have been slow to add another post. I am still working very hard on the manuscript. Now I have a whole pile of pictures to put up!
The weather has been unbelievable. We’ve had a lot of gorgeous sunshine – a bit of frost in the morning, but sunny and windless in the afternoon, which made it hot enough to sit on the deck.
Snow still lies in a few shady places. It is more like April! But because the sun is lower down, it is thawing the snow in a different pattern than it does in the (real!) spring. It is fun to get right down into it.
On many mornings there has been a bit of cloud and we have had amazing sunrises.
Although the sunrise point is starting to move north quite quickly now, it still comes up over the pond and is reflected in the glassy, frozen surface.
That morning, a bit of cloud streaked the sky behind Finger Peak.
But then the cloud disappeared and the light on the mountains was strong.
The nights got a bit cooler (about minus 12 C) and this tightened up the creek. You can see where the water level had been before.
Because of the warmer water, fantastic ice crystals were created.
Yesterday, we had 2″ fluffy snow!
At first, there was fog on the mountains.
Finger Peak has just its nose showing.
The fog crept up to the house and put crystals on the trees.
A beautiful light appeared on the mountains.
The fog started to lift.
Perkins Peak was soft with fresh snow.
Middle Mountain tossed its cap into the sky.
Needless to say, I could not stay inside and work on the manuscript on such a beautiful day. I hiked up onto the north bluff.
The sky was full of character.
The clouds began to disperse. Close to the sun, some of them had rainbow colours. This effect is caused because the cloud is composed of ice crystals. I even see it in summer sometimes.
January is all but over and the sun is now soaring high over Finger Peak before it sets.
And last night, the temperature dropped to minus 30 C.
When it got that cold in early December, I was visited by a junco. It disappeared as soon as it got warm. This morning, 4 juncos were pecking at the ground. And one lone robin has come to the house – the ones I saw earlier were all in the bush. This is surely not the kind of weather it is used to. It is eating juniper berries. I wonder if it will be able to move to a kinder climate, or succumb to the cold. This cold, sunny weather is supposed to last for at least a week.
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