We’ve slipped into a new year, but perhaps not yet into a new winter.
With no ice on the lake and patchy ice on the marshes, moisture rises to the sky and cloud mutes the light of many sunsets and sunrises.
The morning of January 2nd was one glorious exception, as a bright sun rose in time to light up the freshly fallen snow.
The shipping season on Lake Ontario, typically finished by the end of December, is still in swing with two ships coming to port in the past week.
At the end of December we also had a fortuitous patch of clear sky, as the Long Night’s Moon rose over the lake before 5 pm.
This full moon, named for its proximity to the Winter Solstice, is often also called the Cold Moon – but this year even the nights have been mild.
Do the birds expect the warm trend to carry through January? I couldn’t help but wonder when I saw this Great Blue Heron on January 4, a good month later in the season than I had spotted any herons in previous years.
Photo at top of page: Fragments (click here for full-screen view)