Can’t believe I haven’t updated this blog since October 2016! Winter was very busy with Christmas in Ice; we just finished wrapping up the ice storage for next year.
March was colder than normal until the 24th, and then temperatures took a jump up to the mid-50’s during the day and mid-20’s at night! And pretty much stayed in that range. Cooler days are around 40 F. And the sun has been out a lot so the snow is melting very quickly from 3 feet deep to just below knee level. Now the gardener in me is getting itchy! I’m planning on getting some seeds planted in the arctic entry today (Sunday). A little later than normal, but still plenty of growing time before temperatures will allow putting plants outdoors or in the greenhouse. This year I’m going to try planting spinach seeds in the planters out front of the Atco (our home) and see when/if they sprout on their own. Maybe even some peas down in front of mom’s house since the soil between the house and the snow ridge from the “roof droppings” is soft already.
Last night we had some borealis start up around midnight so I went out and took some pictures. The moon is approaching full which tends to wash out the borealis colors somewhat. The benefit, though, is the sky appears blue, and the trees cast shadows on the snow which makes for some different and very cool pictures. So here are a few from last night, or technically this morning! April 9th around 1:30to 2:00 am using shutter speeds of 3 and 2.5 seconds. Enjoy!
This is facing east
Snowscape under moonlight
Tilting the camera up a bit
A higher view; less snow, more borealis
The moon may dim the borealis but cannot wash it out completely.
Adding in the moon
the Atco (my home) with borealis behind it
Swirls in the sky
Meanwhile back in the east to slightly northeast…
Back to the eastern view
Sometimes you’re just not sure where you should point the camera; the sky just keeps changing.
North-northwest it just keeps changing
I noticed the moons reflection on a piece of glass leaning up against the house, and captured it in a few photos. This is facing North-Northeast.
North with moon reflections