It has been awhile since you’ve heard from me, but all of that is about to change as I get my blog’n legs back under me. Until now I have been prioritizing my thesis which has now been defended. There will be several upcoming articles on the results of my work. I see no use in writing it if noone is reading it! I deem the upcoming articles as science communication”, and I hope you will find them informative.
I want to give you an update on the calendars too. Thanks SO MUCH to those who have purchased one. The response and feedback to them has been tremendous. I am now on my second and last printing. If you have been considering ordering one, now is the time! Visit: https://ianajohnson.com/customproducts/index.php/product/2016-alaskan-calendar/
Now onto the meat of this entry. Yesterday was my first day back in Fairbanks after being away for over 10 days. When I left, the remnants of a huge September snowstorm (17″) still lingered on the ground in low, shaded areas, but for the most part the ground was barren. It is amazing how only 10 days can change that. We now have 16″ of pure powder on the ground which is maintained by cold nights. Yesterday morning when I awoke it was -15F with a promise from forecasters that those temperatures will continue through at least this week. A seasonally late sunrise began at 9:15, and by noon the low light illuminated the tree tops and extenuated the shadows. I nearly skipped with joy into the spruce bog behind my house where snow hung on the trees. I passed under trees that with a touch would have doused me in snow, and found pure joy in the beauty of this winter wonderland.
Later that night the landscape of refracting light and black spruce shadows transitioned to twinkling stars shining through a moonless night. I retraced my steps from only a few hours earlier and watched as the aurora built to the north. I watched for awhile and smiled outwardly at my knowledge of the stark contrast in light from just hours earlier.
8 thoughts on “Back in a Winter Wonderland”
Beautiful pictures. I love the green. It is amazing how those colors can happen. You can keep the snow and cold! Keep snapping away!
Thanks for stopping by and commenting! :). I agree, the colors are still amazing to me to this day, such a world up here! I hear snow is headed to Minnesota – perhaps you’ll be in it soon!
How nice to read positive thoughts about winter. So often one hears whining and complaining over and over. I appreciate you perspective on winter’s charm.
Oops, I guess I needed an editor for my post.
:D, thanks! It’s the patented Ian Johnson silverliningineverything mindset. The world could use a bit more of it, ha-ha!
Huge congrats on thesis defense! And spectacular sunbeam on edge-tip of snow.
Thank-you very much – it has been a shoulder blade shifter! :). The light in that landscape was astounding. I wanted about 6 different lens so I could capture “all of it”, but alas – I only had 1.
I need the picture of the star spin. Amazing.