Let me make this perfectly clear:
I am not complaining.
Read my lips:
I. Am. Not. Complaining.
I am not whining, sniveling, or otherwise muttering nasty, deprecatory remarks about the weather.
I hope I've made that clear. At least as clear as the weather has been since....since.....well, it seems like forever, except for summer. There was no clear weather last supposed-to-be-summer-that-wasn't.
But for the past couple weeks, I've been feeding the insatiable maw of my woodstove with chunk after chunk of split spruce and birch, and still the furnace runs almost constantly.
With clear weather in winter comes cold.
This was a few days ago. Don't overlook that thick black bar to the left of the 12.8. That's BELOW zero. Twelve point nine below zero. But I complain not because my nephew in Fairbanks is dealing with forty below, and in Ft. Yukon, where our lone Congressman lives when he's not in Washington, D.C., it was fifty-nine below and dropping.
While I sure would appreciate some moderating temperatures, I never would have seen things like these had the weather been otherwise:
The lights of Mt. Alyeska Ski Resort in Girdwood. I lived there for twelve years and worked at the resort. I pass it on my way home from Anchorage.
Turnagain Arm just past Girdwood. That's ice floating on the water. My drive takes me all the way down the mountains on the left to the farthest ones you can see. Then it turns right and climbs into the mountains on the right.
This was mid-afternoon today as I drove into Moose Pass.
And this photo of the moon was taken in the same spot.
But the best part of "perfectly clear" came this evening. Well, a little later than evening--say around 9:30 to 10:30.
A full moon over my house.
And the lunar eclipse begins. A triple whammy: total eclipse, solar and winter solstice, and the closest full moon of the year. If I were superstitious...
Right about here was when I noticed a thin veil of clouds in front of the moon, barely visible to the naked eye. Just enough to keep these shots from also being perfectly clear.
That's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it.
I'm sure it had nothing at all to do with the temperature being zero and heading south.
And me standing outside with bare hands. Nothing at all.
So I'm posting them anyway.