I put on all my winter wear, warm layers, warmest boots. The full moon was rising!
When I got to the field, it was cloudy in the east!
Then I saw the moon, rising above the clouds.
When I left to go warm up inside, the moon was wearing a thin veil of clouds.
This morning the temperature is -34 degrees Celsius, with a windchill of -44.
My nature focus today is the human animal. People who go out, whether voluntarily or because they have to, into this hostile environment.
There is beauty, but there is deadly danger.
A certain type of cloud, a certain type of ice crystal, and sunlight for reflection…altogether resulting in a parhelion, or if there are two as in these photos, parhelia.
We call them sundogs.
Today they were beautifully obvious. By the time I had walked to the farther pasture it was nearing sunset, and there was a definite orange tint. Amazing.
We sat around the fire the evening of the longest winter night. The fire gave us warmth and light. It was enough to keep us for a while.
Winter solstice morning. -23 I went out in my pyjamas to feel the world and see sign of the coming sun. My frost-pained pinky fingers were the first to tell me go inside. I listened.
I stood on my land and look east and south where the sun will rise, and remembered the summer solstice when I looked east and north to see the sun rise. I was curious and so I checked: sunrise at 127*(SE) today, and at 51* (NE) in June. (For Winnipeg location, slightly north of us) A difference of 75*, so over 1/5 of the horizon circle. Planet awareness.