It is still winter with sub zero mornings and not much better during the daytime. The only time it warms up is when it snows, but this coming week is supposed to be nicer with temperatures in the low 20s (-6C) during the day. Yippee! If you wonder why I seem obsessed with the weather it is because I have to keep the house and farm functioning and cold weather creates some interesting challenges. Especially with water going in and out as well as keeping access to the road and other buildings, feeding and watering horses, keeping machinery functioning, etc. Once those are taken care of there is a bleak beauty about it all and I would like to share some of that. Here is the driveway heading to the barn.
I had to go to work for a half a day yesterday which was a total bust as there was virtually no business to be had, but I will still take my pay as I had to get there and back. Here is the view on the way into work. As you can see Lake Superior is frozen within at least a few miles of the shore. Without flying over it or getting a satellite picture it is hard to say and that is only by my area. There is a little steam where rivers run into the lake.
This is what it looks like this morning from my deck. There is a dark patch that was open and is now frozen, but everything is constantly moving and it changes all the time.
I also took a few shots around the harbor in Grand Marais before heading home yesterday. You can see part of the halo that was around the sun. What is a halo you might ask? According to NOAA it is defined as, “A halo is a ring or light that forms around the sun or moon as the sun or moon light refracts off ice crystals present in a thin veil of cirrus clouds. The halo is usually seen as a bright, white ring although sometimes it can have color.” Now you know.
And now for the grand finale, something I don't believe I have ever posted before. An actual selfie (narcissistie) of me on the ski trail last Sunday. I had the forest to myself and the solitude was wonderful! I did a pretty good job of disguise so you may not recognize me on the streets!