The cold continues. Today the sun is out, but there's also a stiff breeze, so the few degrees of gain we've made on the thermometer are more than canceled out by the wind chill factor. Trees and bushes that don't get direct sunlight are still wearing yesterday's hoarfrost, and the exposed drifts are being carved anew by the steady wind. Birds are still crowding the feeders, but after they feed for a while they retire to a sheltered bush at my neighbor's house, that offers some sun and some protection from the wind. I can't imagine what it must be like to be out all day and all night with just a layer of feathers and down against these elements.
Out on the lake, there's almost nothing to be seen as the wind blows the loose snow around. Only the closest ridge of piled-up ice is visible in the near distance. (The raven used to sit on the top of my entrance gate to my old place in the foothills.) Moments after I took this, the wind increased and everything but the raven and the now-ghostly tree disappeared.
My little front porch is enclosed but unheated - really more of a mud-room. The windows are thickly frosted; the sun won't be making any dancing rainbows on the walls today. I checked the forecast this morning, and we should be up to the freezing point later next week. Zero Celsius/32 Fahrenheit is going to feel like spring!
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