Thursday, January 7, 2016

Frosty Skies!

On Tuesday I awoke just in time for the sunrise, to brilliant blue skies and cold at -22°C, just perfect for a brisk walk outdoors.  As the skies lightened though, I realized that we had had a beautiful hoarfrost overnight with the very cold temperatures!  Stunning frosty skies!

The view from the window.

And the meadow out back.

Hiding the camera lens from the sun behind the tree lets you see the frost in a new light.

The trees along the fencerows just north of our place were stunning against the blue sky !


Most of the year I'd see cattle out in this pasture.

 Standing guard over the old barn foundation.
Just about a perfect winter day!

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I've had a series of really interesting conversations with a few key other Bruce Trail volunteers this week.  At this time of year all the annual reports on both the trail itself and the properties we manage are in, and it's time to start developing our workplan for next year.  Those of us involved in coordinating the efforts of nearly 90 Land Stewards and Trail Captains have to be prepared when spring comes!  And that's just for one of the nine clubs that make up the Bruce Trail Conservancy.  There's always blazes to be repainted, problems arising on properties, bridges to be repaired, and a waiting list of new side trails to be considered.  A little conversation now to keep things coordinated helps a lot, so I've been in one Meaford coffee shop three times this week!

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18 comments:

  1. Wow, those are some achingly beautiful shots!

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  2. Truly a winter wonderland! And I think we can safely say now that Winter has arrived. The trees look like silver giants against that gorgeous blue sky. Beautiful day for a walk indeed.

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  3. fabulous captures Stew. I love hoar frost, but boy it sure looks very cold too.

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  4. These two conditions help to show each other off...hoarfrost and blue skies.

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  5. These two conditions help to show each other off...hoarfrost and blue skies.

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  6. Ah, frosty and SO beautiful!! Superb captures for the day!! Thank you so much for sharing the beauty!! Enjoy a great weekend!!

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  7. I can only dream of waking to find this outside. Maybe if we moved to the very far south in Otago, where hoar frosts, there and many in Central Otago occur. Beautiful when outlined against the blue sky.

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  8. I love it when it's cold enough to frost all the trees white. Lovely photos!

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  9. Absolutely breath takingly stunning!!! It is great that there are volunteers like you to help keep the trails in good shape for hikers and walkers - and runners.

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  10. Beautiful photos.
    Frosty threes i fantastic.

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  11. Wonderful photos ! It is frosty here but not like that and we still have no snow our temps have been mild to chilly not really much for me to photograph with out our usual winter wonderland and icicles . Sounds like you have been busy to ! Thanks for sharing , have a good weekend !

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  12. Beautiful pictures! They look like they are in flower. I guess they are, just a different kind of frosty flower. Brrr! :-)

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  13. AS if someone took their icy paintbrush. And everything is so still!

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  14. We got a Bruce trail where I live in Ontario, but we don't have snow like that here.

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  15. William Kendall's "achingly beautiful" comment says it so well. Three coffee-shop visits in a week has to be a good thing, Impressed with your active role in keeping the trails pristine for everyone.

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  16. I love those frosty trees under blue skies!! Well captured.

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  17. Frost and snow! I like that combination with sun too. A good "lightshock" ;-)
    Here in the Stockholm area of Sweden we "only" had -10°C today. Up north in Sweden they had ap -35°C
    Brrr....
    Love your winter photos ♥

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  18. Such scenic icy landscapes. I think there is a special beauty, a special magic in the last scene especially. Perhaps the angled tree gives extra charm.

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