New Year's Day Sunrise
Hello there! Happy belated new year to you all. I just realized yesterday that I hadn't done a post since mid-December and thought I'd share a few pics with you. The above photo was taken at sunrise on January 1 ~ a bitterly cold -18C. I noted the sunrise this morning and it is already coming up to the left of the tall elm tree! This brings me great joy as it means we are slowly creeping toward spring.
Christmas morning just as the snowstorm was starting 'our' family of deer took a stroll through the backyard. They have been scarce since the snows came. Our son and his wife had come for breakfast and I guess the deer thought they could join us too. 😋 It snowed all day but we managed to travel to friends for turkey dinner!
New Year's Eve
We had a lovely Christmas and New Year's Eve with family and friends.
Christmas has been put away for another year but a few snowmen will linger on this shelf for a while as winter is settling in with lots of snow.
The full Wolf or Cold Moon was spectacular as it rose over the valley. It was orange which didn't show in my shaky photo. Jack Frost was nipping at my gloved fingertips so I didn't linger long for better pics. We were under the Arctic Polar Vortex for a week and it finally left a couple of days ago. I'm sure it will return later on.
This is the sunset on January 3 - the night before the major nor'easter, bomb cyclone/hurricane, blizzard arrived. It came with a vengeance!
Looking out the front entry windows in the evening with the blizzard raging outside. We got 25-30 cm. of snow and wind.....oh the wind!! It was terrible. The gusts were frightening and the snow blew in drifts and packed it so hard. There were whiteouts and drifts on the roads. Thankfully our power never went out but we were prepared.
The next day was cleanup time.
The wind blew from the northeast so it fills the driveway in at the end along with what the snowplow drops off for us.
Our back deck has a 'bit' of snow on it. That afternoon after the storm the wind shifted to the northwest and then we were back in the deep freeze again.
Our son popped over on his snowmobile the other day. He was 'breaking trail' for Murray but it is pretty well drifted over again. And, Murray hasn't had the sled out yet! He's in Winnipeg again for work.
A few winter birds are around, along with our resident red squirrel who we think is living in our barbecue for the winter. 😡 There are a lot of Goldfinches every day along with Chickadees, Crows, and a Downey Woodpecker. I haven't seen any Juncos, Pine Siskin or Nuthatches yet.
Adult Male Downey Woodpecker on the bird feeder swinging in the wind.
American Crows waiting for some bread.
I looked out the entry window this morning and noted the beautiful bright sunshine reflecting off the drifts in the yard. The wind is blowing the powdery snow into fluffy clouds. Our weather will change on Friday with freezing rain and rain....lots of rain (40mm!!) continuing through Saturday. 😱😳 The temperatures are to rise to 12C (50F) so our snow will melt considerably. It's time for the January thaw.
Well, I must go and find some bread crusts for the crows. I wish you a good day and hope you are enjoying January so far.
Thank you for visiting.