Bitter cold. We’re not acclimatized to it yet this year so the “feels like” temperature of -10 C could just as easily be -30 for how cold we are. Besides, the early morning scad of snow makes it look cold too. The sky is gray, threatening snow. It is a good day to stay inside.
Not us. Here we are again my husband and I, on the boardwalk after the first snow of the season.
This snow won’t stay but before long the white cover will be thicker and the temperatures colder to sustain it.
The squirrel isn’t choosy today. Usually the little rodents hold out for peanuts which someone is bound to bring by soon enough. However, this one stopped to eat the sunflowers seeds.
Every bite counts this time of year.
Blue jays are feisty too and fight over sunflower seeds left on a feeder.
They usually don’t bother with those either. One stops to observe us, possibly watching for peanuts.
The stream is partially frozen too but the resident mallard couple is busy dabbling.
Before long the pickings here will be completely frozen and the two will head to open water. For today, they skirt the ice and stick together.
Muskrat must be underwater today as they swim the inlet to and from their push-up.
The layer of ice is thin but the animals are avoiding it.
Nearby, the tall grasses which days ago looked rusty, now look bleached, whitened by the frost.
From the gazebo, the harbour looks cold and gray as we leave for home. The bay will freeze soon. Winter solstice is nigh!