Sunday, January 31, 2010
January was the hardest month yet. The weather was gloomy and nasty - gray skies and snow at least 3 weeks out of 4, and the lack of colour seemed to zap me of any imagination. But there are a few shots that I'm happy with. And on to February!
Well - fake fire... We had to take the wood stove insert out of our hearth, and were left with a weird Beetlejuice open hole that - at 22C below - was sucking all the heat out of the house. The household budget won't allow for another insert right now, so we got one of those fake fire heaters with the mantle to cover the hole. I spent the afternoon building the mantle, and - tada! Fire! Well, not really... But, heat! Yes!
Photo taken January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
More snow today. I took this out my window at the wild cherries still hanging on the tree next door. The blue in the background are barrels on the neighbor's back porch - I was happy to have them add a bit more colour to another gray pic...
Photo taken January 30, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
...practicing the high jump! If only there were canine olympics - Dori would take the gold medal (if those frisbee dogs don't compete, anyway...!)
She can be seen in 14 shows weekly - at breakfast and supper time...
Photo taken January 23, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Northeastern BC in January is cold. It's generally the coldest part of the province. The average high temp this past week has been -9C except - in my office. The radiator in my office is broken, and the offices on the other end of the floor have no heat. My colleagues are working in their parkas.
In the meantime, the radiator in my office and the ones next to me are trying to heat the entire floor. We can't turn them off - control is at Regional, 4 hours away. The last few days it's been +30C, or worse.
So I couldn't help but have Lilo (of Lilo and Stitch fame) do a hula dance in honour of the tropics in my office! You'll notice the temp is 31C. 88F. HOT!!
Photo taken January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Fall back picture - I tried to get star trails, but the wind was blowing so much I couldn't keep the tripod still! A shame because the sky was amazing and it was a new moon... Oh well. I do like Yoda's expression - and his eyes sparkle in a really cool way...
Photo taken January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
"Just ignore the french fry bits in my beak..." The ravens are bold, and allowed me to walk right up to them today. Too busy eating french fries to worry about what I was doing... This guy was huge - when he stretched up his head was even with the headlight of the truck next to him!
Photo taken January 12, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
The sudden warming of the temperature caused a strange fog to envelop the neighborhood after nightfall. The bright globe is the streetlight, and the eerie lighting was more like Halloween than January...
Photo taken January 9, 2010
Friday, January 08, 2010
January is a really bleak month in northern BC. Everything is white, grey, and black. Even the occasional blue sky isn't enough to ward off the doldrums. I went around the office this afternoon hoping against hope that someone had flowers in their office - anything colourful that I could shoot. I found this last lingering poinsettia plant in the waiting room - it was the most colour that I could find (that was alive, at least...)
Photo taken January 8, 2010
Mid day and bright sun. But cold! A temp inversion held down the fog from all the furnaces in town, making it look as if my sleepy little town was full of smog! No - a perk of living in small town Canada is all the fresh air...
Photo taken January 4, 2010
Saturday, January 02, 2010
Days 184 - 214 of my first Project 365. I LOVE how the month begins and ends with a full moon. The Blue Moon (or 2nd full moon in a calendar month) happens every 2.7 years. The last time the Blue Moon was on New Year's Eve was in 1990!
I took this photo at 1:42pm. Look how low the sun was in the sky. That's winter in the north - about 6 hours of daylight on this date. But since the winter solstice we've been gaining 7 minutes of daylight a day. By summer solstice the sun will rise a 3 am and not set until after midnight.
Photo taken December 30, 2009