Friday, February 8, 2013

A World of White!

We're up in the Midwest this week on our every-two-month visit to Illinois to visit friends and family.  Yes, we know it is not a good time to travel to the Great White North this time of year, but neither of us are averse to cold weather, so we come up regardless of time of year.  And wouldn't you know, they are enjoying their first substantial snow of the season!  Sister Maj claims they've had snow off and on the last week or more, but with temps around freezing the snow level has ebbed and flowed as well.  Last night it came down heavily for an hour or two, adding about 3 inches to the 2 on the ground.  The pic at left was taken about sunset during a pause in the snowing action, just before we went out driving in it for dinner... It is below freezing today, so it will stick around through the weekend, but will ebb again later in the weekend with temps above freezing and moderate rain expected.

But in the meantime, we're enjoying the sight of snow while snug in our little cottage.  The panorama at left shows our view from the house of the Fox River, nearly frozen over.  Riverwood's camp canoes look a bit forlorn while covered in snow, but overall, is a nice change from the green we usually see.  It may be clear tonight, so the chance to see familiar constellations at new sky locations (due to the 10 degree difference in latitude from Tucson) will get me out in the cold to enjoy.  Meanwhile, while I was out taking the panorama at left, a flock of Canada Geese flew over, perhaps rethinking their plans about deciding to stay for the Winter.  They are headed south here, but can't imagine they'll go far - Spring is right around the corner, I hear!

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