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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Winter has arrived - by Bruce

Winter has arrived and appears to plan to stay. Below is a photo taken a few minutes ago of the terminal end of a stream that comes up on our lot and runs down the mountain to a ditch and then along the ditch to this culvert. It then runs about another 20 yards and goes back into the ground. Except now it is not running at all and this is solid ice. The temperature has not been above freezing for two days even with the sun out brightly. High yesterday was 32 degrees and today was 30. It goes down to 14-15 degrees at night. If you click on the photo you will see that is solid ice.

This is where the stream pools before it runs down the ditch into the culvert above. Those are all aspen leaves frozen solid in the ice. They will be there until it melts next spring. Carol thought it was a neat picture so I took it to share with readers. Click on the photo and you will see those leaves frozen in solid ice. If it was a little bigger we could ice skate on it.
Wood stove is going 24/7 now and will for the next 6 months. I think those bears know something when they hibernate for the winter. They only know three seasons and sleep through winter. That leaves us humans to shovel and move the snow around while they enjoy their slumber. Are we really the more intelligent species??? Enjoy life and love fully, until next time..


Deirdre said...

I love this blog!

Lois said...

Those aspen leaves look like little gold coins just ready to gather up. I loved that article and the photos.
Your insight about the bears intelligence vs. ours is thought provoking. Keep up the good work and stay warm.