Have a very happy Valentine’s day. 🙂
Have a very happy Valentine’s day. 🙂
On a recent -40C morning, I was impressed by the blanketed quiet and ice fog-dominated atmosphere. The only sound was the crackling of my clothing and bag as they became deep-freeze cold. It was dark as I walked to work, but later as the sun began to rise, it looked like this:
Visibility wasn’t great until the day started lightening and it became a little warmer. It was one of those mornings that produced some rather heavily frost-encrusted eyelashes. When I came inside, I briefly held them with my fingers to melt the ice.
Hiding under all that fog was an intensely blue sky and the whitest white snow, almost blue itself. It turned into a very beautiful day with almost blindingly bright sun, even though it was incredibly cold outside.
It may be cold, but these vistas melt me. 🙂
What can melt you?
Happy New Year! 🙂
Right now we are surviving temperatures that are about -35 C. That’s pretty cold although I have experienced colder. When it’s this cold, it’s hard to remember that summer existed. It’s just a dim memory.
I pass this bush every day on my way to work.
And yup, I walk to work. Driving is not worth the trouble it would cause to start a vehicle.
It’s so cold that they have to be plugged in. And then there’s the scraping of windshields, the running of engines and the effort to get them out of the latest layer of new snow, even if I do have a 4×4. Needless to say, I don’t have a garage, which ironically, is something I’ve always had in the south. Up here, there aren’t many of them. For them to be of any real use you would have to heat them, and that makes them very expensive.
So, I walk to work. It takes seven minutes to get my gear on, seven minutes to walk there, it’s dark, and every bit of me is covered except my eyes. I peer under my big hat and over my balaclava. I’m under the time limit for frostbite to exposed skin in -35C, although a little wind can rapidly change that formula. A few days ago, I thought I had frostbite on my cheek, but no, it was just rather cold.
Everything is slower and takes longer. It’s life in the north. 🙂
How’s your winter?
A recent flight to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories produced this airport photo of the setting sun.
In this northern clime, the position of the Earth relative to the sun produces these spectacular, angled sunsets.
A few days ago, I took this photo as part of a series of shots.
I love the light here, especially at this time of year when it is scattered in the most arresting way. And it is now also becoming very precious as we move into the shortest days of the year.
I hope to take many more pictures as I explore this land of light.
What are your favourite views at this time of year?
Here on the edge of Great Skave Lake, where I am north of 60 degrees N latitude, I feel like I am living inside a winter post card.
We are only getting about six – seven hours of daylight now but the landscape that comes into view is spectacular.
At night, there is also a light show.
At two in the afternoon, the sun is getting ready to go down.
The light and colours are here are almost monochromatic, and very restful.
What does your winter look like?
North of 60 degrees N latitude, winter starts early and spring starts late.
Yesterday, I awoke to this:
It had rained during the night, and then the temperature had dropped enough for it to change to snow, at about -1 celsius.
Much different from this recent experience:
In Northwest Territories, when the weather changes, it changes fast. There’s no shuffling.
Soon, the parka will have to come out.
I have much to be grateful for.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. 🙂