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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Turning Into The Light

Happy 2013 to everyone! This time of year is all about the light... the low angle of the sun means lots of glorious dawns...
...with just a tinge of pink...
...oh... wait... here's a bit more... 

...oh yeah... wait for it... wait for it... ahhh....

...and wonderful evenings with soft layers of light...
 ...oh yeah... nice...

...and even what looks like a dull grey day can be sparkling with silver...

...or look like the sky was spun out of pewter...

The most common and ordinary of trees become sculptures...


...and unexpected visitors appear! Here's a reminder that our place on the Bluff really belongs to a local pack of wolves... 
...and they act like they own the place... well, because they do, sort of...

We recently had a visit from our buddy Sue, who willingly tramped about with us in the woods in search of a hidden knoll we've named "Wolf Rock"... We found it, and she posed in the winter sunlight...
...and then later she volunteered her mitt as a comparison to the biggest wolf print, we assume the big black alpha male with the ice blue eyes! 

On a long walk down our access road we saw the tracks of a pair...
...er... make that a trio...
On the left, we're pretty sure this is a bobcat print, and on the right is the big wolf print... sure hope they didn't actually meet face to face...

Our cabin sure is snug and warm and looks very perky in the bright sunlight... and it was a great solar power day, too...
Here's a shot of Val on a walk wearing her warm winter jacket...
...and a view back toward our property... That bluff in the distance is "ours", and our cabin sits just over the shoulder... 
But winter and roads sometime bring a less than optimal circumstance... Here's a photo showing a thick dark layer of ice on our hill... Val's got ice-grippers on her boots, but our vehicle tires don't come so equipped (at least not yet...)
...So when nature provides a slippery puzzle, we started in on a solution... 
...Val cut a hole in a 60 pound tube of sand and dragged it down the slope of our "oh s**t" hill, carefully covering the stretch that has an 18% grade...
...spreading the sand...We've got a system and it's workin'!
...hope this one gives you a sense of the steepness of our final slope...
...and don't worry, though not captured on film, Kathy got her change to drag, spread and kick sand on the section we affectionately call "The Olympic Bobsled Track", and lived through the experience...

We had the opportunity to test our sanding work later that evening, as we headed down for dinner with friends and later, well after dark, up that slope... and no slipping! Not even once! ... well, perhaps our new Finnish (but made in Russia) snow tires had something to do with that...

We're "Up At The Bluff" for a while longer, hoping for more snow, and with a long list of fun (and not so fun) tasks. We hope to get a few of those on film and share with you all later this month!  

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