It was a little cold out. Not as cold as it has been, but enough to create a dense fog on the lake blocking all of the action that was happening as the sun came up. Every so often I was able to see a little peek of color or cloud pattern, but mostly it was a wall of gray. About 40 minutes after the scheduled sunrise the sun fought through clouds, releasing its soft yellow colors.
It seems like Facebook’s image quality degrades a little bit more every day, so I think I’ll be updating through my blog posts for the time being.
I saw some pretty awesome clouds forming as I got up this morning. I didn’t have a ton of time before work, but I was able to toss the gear in the car and make it to Canal park just as the colors were starting to heat up. It was relatively cold, I don’t know what degree, but cold enough for the water to fight with the air and produce a really nice steam, as I like to call it. This was also the first time I’ve seen ice floating through the canal this year. That’s not to say it’s the first time it’s happened, I just haven’t been out much this winter.
Anyway, here’s a pair from today.
About a month ago I was able to make my first trip to a foreign country where I couldn’t read or speak the language. Luckily enough, I was visiting my sister who is finishing up her two years with the Peace Corp so I enjoyed the language barrier. After all the flights, layovers, and train riding my favorite destination in the country was the town of Bansko, home of the Pirin mountain range. It was a 5 hour train ride each way, but being the first time in the mountains where I’m old enough to appreciate it, made it all worthwhile.
Now that the holidays have passed, I’ve finally had some time to clearly reflect on 2011 and look in to what 2012 might hold. ’11 had it’s fair share of ups and downs, but what year hasn’t?
The North Shore winter was fantastic as usual, with it’s sub-zero temperatures and every changing scenery. I didn’t spend as much time out as I have in years past, but I feel like when I did get out nature was always good to me. There was plenty of ice, snow, and dramatic skies.