Cold Spell at Ginty Creek

The coldest it got was -34C (that’s -30F in American.)

frozen river at Ginty Creek.This was taken about 1.00pm; the sun does not get very high these days.  It sets to the left of Finger Peak.

1a sunsetThe bird feeder is well-attended by chickadees – about a dozen altogether.  There are black-capped…

1b BC chickadeeand mountain chickadees, recognized by their white “eyebrows.”  This one appears to have a double set, but it is frost on the black part.

2. mt chickadeeInexplicably, on the coldest day, an Oregon junco appeared.

3. juncoThe last time I saw them this year was in August.  They usually do not show up until the end of March.  A couple wintered here once before, but it was a mild year.  What this poor thing was doing I cannot imagine.  They like to feed on the ground so I have thrown seed down for him.

The barn I burned a couple of weeks ago is still smouldering like a little volcano.  There were piles of manure that were too difficult to shovel out.  The cold did not stop it.  It needs a heavy snow- or rainfall.

4. smouldering barn

One morning, there was a bit of cloud.

5. cloudIt faded away as the sun rose, but the temperature was much higher.

6. later lightBy afternoon, it reached minus 5C, practically shirt-sleeve weather.  I hiked up onto the north bluffs.

7. north bluffsThere are only a few centimetres of snow, and it is light and fluffy, so I did not need snowshoes.  I love this low winter light.

8. grasses

 

 

9. mugwort

 

 

10. rootBut the days are very short and I had to head for home.

11. river bluffs

 

 

12. late lightThat sunset was the last clear one.  Since then it has been mild and fairly cloudy although, even in the afternoon, the temperature has not climbed above freezing.

13. sunset

 

 

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About wilderness dweller

I have lived for more than 30 years as a Wilderness Dweller. Most of that time was in cabins I built myself far from the nearest road, high in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada. My "retirement" home is accessible by a bush road but still far from neighbours. I live off the grid, and operate this blog by solar-powered satellite internet.
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4 Responses to Cold Spell at Ginty Creek

  1. Margaret says:

    Found your book in the Piragus Boundary Waters catalogue. Luvit!
    I built a home that bordered on Sleeping Bear Nat Park in northern MI.
    Sold it las year after my divorce. Moved back to civilization. My new house
    Is in a small town on the outskirts of farmland. It’s ok…I’m your age.
    Part of me wants to live like you do, but the other part knows I couldn’t
    Pull it off. My first love is Nature. I am happiest wandering alone in it or paddling my canoe. Now I have your blog to live vicariously in the wilderness.
    Your photos make my heart sing!
    Grateful for what you do,
    Margaret

    Margaret

  2. Bonnie Sager says:

    That fluffy little Oregon junco was me coming to visit you on a cold day !! We have had lots of Stellar jays, grey jays and chickadees at our feeders but my camera does not take photos like yours. It is such a treat to see your new posts. Beautiful job Chris.

  3. Rhondajean says:

    We are about +30C here most days. What a world we live in. I love your photos. They’re much better than the run of the mill stock photos of wilderness I see. I feel a connection through your photos, almost like I’m there looking over your shoulder. Thank you.
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  4. Barbara says:

    You must have a very strong lens to get such close pictures of the birds!
    Yes, minus 34C. is pretty up there: or rather down there, as the case may be. A bit nippy, to be sure!
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