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Saturday, December 24, 2011

December at Cascade Bluff

December in the north woods... the river freezes over, but if you listen carefully you can still hear ol' Cascade murmuring quietly...
The days get shorter and shorter and the nights are longer. But that really means that the low and slanted light is beautiful for hours longer every single day of December. But especially on the morning after the Winter Solstice, when the sun starts to return...and speaking of the sun, here it comes, peeking over the southeast at about 8:30 am Dec 22... Welcome back!
The morning reflected on "our" mountain that we see from the kitchen window....

...Here is the view of the Big Lake from up in our loft, where I've now put my study...If you look closely, one of the big tanker ships is passing by... pretty late in the season for them, don't you think? What about those gales of November, guys? Be careful out there...
December has been full of stunning colors... Golden sunsets...
....shimmering amber in the trees....
...almost glowing...

This was a day after an ice shower followed by snow. Treacherous for driving, but oh, what a sight in the crystalline forest!

Depending on your position, the light was either silvery...
...or silky...
...or glittery...
...or peach and blue...

Our house early in the month, when there wasn't much white stuff...

New garage, solar panels completely free, not even frost...

What a difference a few days makes! Now that's more like it! 


And after cleaning off those solar panels (not caught on film this year...) I just tramped about in the woods nearby, catching images of newly fallen snow on cedars, aspen, maples, balsam fir, spruce, red twig dogwood...

Just scroll through and enjoy the sights...












A different view of our sauna, from below... 
...and a pretty good day for a sauna, don't you think?
Snow even makes a downed tree look beautiful...


Walking down our west border trail, made in part by the hard work of friends Tom and Maria-Teresa...It goes through the heart of our maples...


A bit farther down the west side is our big grove of enormous white cedars, 
eighteen venerable old  trees all in one spot... These two joined at the base make a place to sit between them that is as big as a living room couch...
The pictures don't really do this cathedral of cedars justice...

The ruffed grouse basically stroll on our land... Nobody is in any hurry around here...
Part of "Nancy's Trail" named after our friend Nancy Cannon-O'Connor who helped us clear brush this fall!


Our coldest morning so far... wimpy compared to 2010... fine by me. I like snow, can live without the 20 below temps....
And here's more coming down! Lovin' it!

Come on, aren't you just a little tempted to strap on a pair of snowshoes and join us on a gorgeous winter tramp in the woods? You'll have a blast! 
So check back tomorrow, Christmas Day on Cascade Bluff, for an update and some holiday pictures!

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