Monday, November 28, 2005

really warm + sudden cold = one incredibly loud lake

The lake has been cooing and whining like mad as it adjusts to cooler climbs.

It's all froze up now. Nice and smooth and flat.

Might trade my skis for skates.

cold poplar. flat frozen lake.

midafternoon sunset

Saturday, November 26, 2005

The year I moved to the Yukon was the last year it was cold...

For the last week I've been thinking that this is the way I would open my book (if I ever had the perseverance to write one).

The temperature has been hovering between 5 and 7 degrees for the last week. Alarmingly warm. It's also been raining.

And even though there was nothing on the radio or in the paper about it being unusually warm, I found it disturbing.

I carpool with something of a climate change guru and we have conversations about what climate change will look like in the north. He informed me to the way the weather won't just gradually get warmer, it will happen in cycles. Instead of the temperatures fluctuating a couple of degrees in a season, they will shift a lot of degrees. Really hot and really cold in short periods of time.

If you have any doubts about climate change, check out what's happening in the north. There's a conference happening in Montreal right now that will hopefully open some eyes.

Today the temperature has dropped back to -7 with sunny blue sky and I'm relieved. Now I have to deal with ice everywhere and no snow to ski on.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Eagle Fest

We're just back from Haines.

Mustered the energy to post a few photos, but not enough to put away the remaining fruit cake. It will have to wait til tomorrow.

Now that I've seen these raptors against a snowy background, they don't make sense anywhere else.

A lovely wintry time was had.

mature and immature eagles

eagle snow angel

fish face

eagle stare

many eagles

eagle posse

there were swans too.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

A favourite place

The Midnight Sun burned to the ground last night.

We're left without our favourite meeting place in town, without our favourite local coffee roaster, without the best message board. One less place to display local artists talent.

I hate rationing coffee.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

All of a sudden it got cold

Today it dipped down to -14. It seemed colder.

Our canoing days are almost over. The ice is creeping out over the lake. Once the wind calms it's bound to go solid.

out over the lake

ice creeping out

ice line in the trees

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Beaver Creek

Last month I travelled to Beaver Creek, Canada's most westerly community and home of the best papermache sculpture.

Beaver Creek dog

Beaver Creek man

Beaver Creek prospectors

Beaver Creek sculpture