Winter finally arrived! Lots of snow and cold temperatures suddenly transformed the landscape and kept me busy with the snow blower trying to keep the driveway clear for cars.
During the short days the sun doesn't rise until quite late so I've often been up to see the sunrise. The changes in color in the sky can happen quickly and are sometimes very intense and colorful.
Sunset skies are also a great sight. In the photo above, and in a couple pictures in the collection below, an unusual twisted cloud trailed down toward the horizon. I don't believe it was an airplane contrail but don't know how or why the cloud formed in this way. The last photo in this section shows sun dogs. When it is super cold in the upper atmosphere tiny ice crystals catch light at just the right angle to create these effects in the sky on either side of the setting sun. This photo shows a sun pillar at the setting sun and one of the sun dogs/sun pillars on the left. As these form in pairs around the sun an equal distance to the right there was probably another sun dog/sun pillar concealed by the trees. Sometimes these sun dogs can be very strong and appear almost like extra suns in the sky.
The turkeys have been roosting in the trees behind the pond so many evenings we've seen them parade across the garden on their way to their trees for the night.
On the way into town we see some nice winter landscape. I like seeing the ice waterfalls growing out of the granite walls. The town looks nice in the snow and the local lake is picturesque when covered in ice and snow. It was interesting to see people walking on the lake with their dogs only weeks after boats had been in that same spot.
Back at the house the Ruffed Grouse made an appearance, along with our little chipmunk who lives in a hole in ground in the back garden. The town has been doing a great job keeping the roads clear of all the snow. We haven't had any trouble at all using the roads in winter. I really expected to be taking fewer photos once winter arrived, after all it's so cold and grey most of the time, but as it turns out it is better than ever for finding interesting things to photograph. That's what makes living up here so interesting. Seasons change so quickly and the changes are dramatic so it's never dull and always a race to keep up with all the things to see and do.