Well, the bitterly cold temperatures have broken; it's skyrocketed to a balmy -10°C (still with a brisk wind chill mind you), and the sun was out bringing bright blue sky between the clouds. I headed out to find my 4th frozen waterfall, and picked out a number of interesting things to illustrate our beautiful winter's day here in the valley.
From the top of the old Talisman ski hill, the view was clear today, looking northeast down the lower valley and all the way to Georgian Bay, that thin white line on the horizon. Renovations to the old ski lodge at the bottom of the hill are coming well apparently, and it expects to open as the 'Talisman Mountain Springs Inn' later this year. There is a major spring on the property that provides water to the village of Kimberley.
Looking straight east across the valley you can pick out Sideroad 7 which goes downhill behind the trees on the right, all the way across the valley and up the other side. In the centre of the picture are the cliffs of Kimberley Rock or Old Baldy, as it's locally known.
Even though it was a clear sunny day, the brisk wind was blowing and sculpting the fluffy inch of snow we got last night into new drifts that accumulated quite quickly.
On the way north and east to find Webwood Falls (tomorrow's post), I caught this glimpse of Blue Mountain and another angle on Georgian Bay in the distance, here a white line between the trees. The snowbanks were a little high on this road!
Frequently on a day like this, even though it's sunny, you see snow being blown across the road from the existing snowbanks.
Sometimes it's enough to pretty well cause a whiteout, but typically they only last for a very short distance. You just have to be careful not to veer into the other lane when you drive through them!
Summer road graders get outfitted as winter snowplows around here, and today was a pretty easy day for them, just keeping those drifts cleared away. All in all, just a beautiful winter's day.