Thursday, December 22, 2016

A Bluebird Day, just before Christmas

We refer to them as 'bluebird days', I don't know why. This is the last place a bluebird would want to be at this time of year.

It's nippy, some would actually call it cold. It was minus 10 this morning, got up to near 20 above, a 30 degree delta.

It was clear all day, the blue sky here is like no other; little pollution, less sodium arc light at night. The blue comes through, sometimes late in the day almost indigo. At night, the stars...........the milky way, the way you remember it as a kid. If you are my age.




As you can see we're in a broad valley, the beginning of the Columbia River, one of a couple. The main one is in British Columbia, this is the headwaters of the East Fork of the Columbia. Silver Bow Creek. 

The last few days have been a 'regression to the mean', it went from a minus 38, kinda nippy I can tell you, to a plus 34 yesterday. that's near 80 degrees. Match that. 

Might get a bit of snow tonight, normal temps. Wish we were the norm for the nation, in terms of our collective self. 

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  1. 48 here right now at about 6:45 in the evening. Rain this morning, supposed to be rain with possible snow showers on Christmas Eve.

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    1. It got up to 36 yesterday, so with the low we had a couple days ago of -38, we have a 75 degree or so variation in temp, in just 3 days.

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  2. The beauty of the West! Lovely, I hope I don't get soft living where it seldom drops before freezing

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  3. The place you live is beautiful, like a Christmas card photo. I'll bet the night sky is really something.

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    1. It is, if you can hack the cold long enough to look.

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  4. Post card gorgeous! I am particularly fond of the shot with the rail fence in the foreground. Beautiful scenery.

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    1. All three were taken from the same spot, about a half mile up the hill from my house, the first looking west, the other two east and slightly south.

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  5. Never heard that expression. It has been warmish here for a few days -- warmish in terms of the season and previous cold.

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    1. It is an odd saying, damn few bluebirds around, only ravens in the winter.

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  6. That is very beautiful. It's supposed to be in the mid-60's on Christmas Day here.

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    1. Dear Che....
      Enjoy your holiday, all the best to you and Tony and the kids.
      Mike

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  7. It is indeed a beautiful spot, Mike. Many thanks for sharing these fine images.

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    1. Happy Holiday, Susan. All the best to you.

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