My recliner faces our largest living room window which in turn faces East. At dawn's first light I saw a tickle of yellowy pink through trees on the Eastern horizon. Pink sky in the morning here is always a good sign for blue skies and sunshine. And so it was today.
Needing some peanut butter suet for our outside Woodpeckers little Monkey Buns and I headed for Clinton's Sun Country Eco Store. Driving headlong into the rising Sun about 8:15 I knew we were too early for their 9 a.m. opening so I grabbed a Horton's small decaf coffee with cream and headed on over to Huron Counties Hullett Marsh.
|ON OUR WAY TO THE MARSH|
About half way to the Marsh I noticed our sunlight fading fast and looking to the east I saw what I thought were snow clouds coming in. We were soon surrounded......but there was no snow. Not even an errant snowflake. Took me a minute or two to figure out what it might be. Ice Fog.
|IT WAS ABOUT HERE WE LOST THE SUN AND I THOUGHT A ROGUE BAND OF SNOW WAS HEADED FOR US|
|AN ICE FOG SETTLES IN|
Did I mention it was really cold this morning. Visibility was about half a mile so no problem driving. By the time we drove into the marsh on a long snowy single lane pot hole laced dirt road, took a few pics, and headed back out again the fog was already dissipating. Back into Clinton, grabbed three peanut butter suet cakes and headed on home. Oh how nice to feel the Sun's warm rays beaming through the Jeep's windows.
|A DIFFUSED SUN THROUGH THE FOG|
|FOLLOWING A SNOWY DIRT ROAD INTO THE MARSH|
|THE ICE FOG SLOWLY LIFTS|
|THE MOON?? NOPE, IT'S THE SUN|
Home again and not being a cold weather person I enjoyed the remaining sunny day from our warm and toasty sunroom. Watched the birds at the feeder and the antics of the Squirrels trying to figure out how to get onto the feeder. Those Squirrels are a laugh a minute....until their not!!
|WE DIDN'T STAY AT THE MARSH TOO LONG.....'TOO COLD'|
|A WINDOW REFLECTION PUTS A TIGER IN SQUIRRELY'S TAIL|
A week ago I had a couple 'Memory Lane' posts centered around the Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, California. An absolutely unique and beautiful area. However, it seems there are changes afoot for the Alabama Hills in the coming future. People interested in that area or planning a trip there should slip on over to Jeff's latest post at Ruffin it with Rufus and read about proposed upcoming changes. You can read about those proposed changes on his latest post entitled, Alabama Hills Follow-Up.
I can't help but feel it is a shrinking Southwest for boondockers. Areas once accessible are closing or already closed such as the Clark Dry Lake Bed near Borrego Springs California. The Darby Well Road area near Ajo Arizona is a mere shadow of itself compared to years ago before the Cornelius Mine fenced off a large section of it's property. The Ogilbie Road area west of Yuma has also shrunk due to new rules and regulations and it appears the wide open free area of the Alabama Hills will soon be under rules and regulations as well. I feel Kelly and I were very fortunate over the course of our 13 Snowbirding years to have experienced the beauty of all of these places.
::Al's Musical Favs::Take Your Mind Off by Kaskade. I like this upbeat instrumental backing an easy voice. Remember, the voice is also an instrument and this instrumental voice blends well.
GROANER'S CORNER:(( Shortly before Christmas, a business man was anxious to get home. The business trip had been grueling and he was not in a particularly good mood. The airport loudspeakers blared Christmas carols he was sick of hearing. He thought their decorations were tacky. The worst decoration, he thought, was the plastic mistletoe hung over the luggage scale. Being in a grumpy mood, he said to the woman at the counter, "You know, even if I weren't married, I wouldn't kiss you."
|KELLY PUTS UP ANOTHER STRING OF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TODAY|
"That's not what it's there for," said the attendant. "It's so you can kiss your luggage goodbye."
Q: What do snowmen eat for breakfast?
It’s been raining for days now and my husband seems very depressed by it. He keeps standing by the window, staring. If it continues, I’m going to have to let him in.
Thanks for the plug Al! I'm glad you enjoyed the Alabama Hills as we all want to remember them ... Paradise Parking!ReplyDelete
When Kelly figures out the new Live Writer I hope she documents the steps for us mortals.
More of your great photos of what is now officially winter!
All that muted sun and cold may feel bad, but it looks beautiful.Thanks again for your work. (Surprised to find I kind of like the Kinkade....but mostly I like the notion of just let go. Take your mind off it.)ReplyDelete
Photos are simply amazing. Not a cold weather fan, but appreciate the beauty nature provided.ReplyDelete
That ice fog is always interesting but at least went away.ReplyDelete
Like you guys we got to enjoy som wonderful boon docking area before they started the shut them down that was part of the main attraction of going there,
Beautiful photos today. Amazing how you caught the light just right on that squirrels tail. Yes RV space is dwindling and the number of RVers continues to explode. Not a good combination.ReplyDelete
LOVE the squirrels! Never heard of ice fog, but then, we do live in the desert!ReplyDelete
Your photos are really amazing, and I can almost feel the cold. I'm glad you had all those years to explore the southwest U.S., but nothing ever stays the same. I've found that with so many places I've loved.ReplyDelete
It was a beautiful sunny day, once the fog dispersed.ReplyDelete
Those black squirrels are so curious! I love ice fog.. we've had a few of those in the past couple of weeks.ReplyDelete