New Years Eve Reflections

A lovely midwinter day, blue sky broken by high clouds. Cold, with the temperature hovering around -1 F and the wind chill far below zero. The deep snow cover enhances radiational cooling while protecting plants and underground infrastructure. Still, new pot holes appear in road surfaces daily.

It is New Years Eve. Now ten days have passed since the solstice and the light is noticeably stronger and the days longer. New Years acknowledges and celebrates these visible, and felt, changes. This year the cold has settled in with renewed fierceness, giving emphasis to the adage, “The days lengthen and the cold strengthens.” Continue reading

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A New Year’s Greeting

Winter SunsetJennie and I went for a brief snowshoe just at sunset. Now the sky is a rich evening aquamarine, a color I find unique to winter. The field and woods were quiet and the sunset illumined the mountains and lake. I discovered I am out of practice with snowshoes. Continue reading