Friday, March 7, 2014
March 7, 2014 It's March!
Yesterday, we stopped at a spot on the shore because the ice was so pretty. However, most of it was out quite a ways from shore and with all the recent wind, the ice is in one day and out the next.....so on the open big lake, it isn't safe to be on. This was taken with a telephoto lens so there isn't much detail. However, the color of it was really nice. There was also a stiff wind blowing off the lake so it wasn't very nice being on the shore anyway.....especially when you aren't dressed for it. Yesterday, I wasn't. Some of the in town stuff took a while "inside" today, so I didn't have my usual heavier clothes on.
Speaking of....just to side track for a moment..... "it is March!" So, it should be getting warmer.....right! Well, March 1 I woke up to -25 below 0. March 2 I woke up to -30 below and it actually dropped to -31 for a bit just about sunrise. Brrr.......it's been a long cold winter already. I was expecting March to start treating us a bit better. So.....it occurred to me I should Google some record March temperatures to see if we were setting any records. Well, here is what I found:
record high for March was on the 23, 1910 at 88 degrees F. in Montevideo. Wow!
record low for March was on the 2nd in 1897 and was -50 degrees F. at Pokegama Dam. Did I say brrrr!
Then, just for the heck of it....the Minnesota record low: -60 degrees F. on 2-2-1996 at both Tower and Embarrass on the same day. So, just goes to show you, we have always had temperature extremes. It isn't anything new. There's a good reason I didn't remember the cold March one......
Every now and then, when I am out hiking, whatever the season....I find something that looks so interesting....like these faces in the rocks. One other creek I was on almost two years ago now.....I saw the darnedest face on the wall of the canyon and it showed very clearly in the photos. I have been back several times.....evidently not at the right time or the right light......because I couldn't see it for anything. I had a different lens along to take a better photo of it looking down at the waterfalls. Oh well.....one of these days I imagine I will see it again. Time will tell. But, I generally have my eyes open for some interesting detail or another as we go.
The water fall is where you see the snow going up hill near the lower right hand of this photo. People had been snowshoeing up the falls. I chose to go around the back side of that pinnacle of rock and come out on top of the falls as I continued up the river. I wouldn't mind getting a shot of that with a better light some time too. It was still overcast at the time but the sun was trying to come out. In fact, by the time we got back to the pickup, it was a balmy 24 degrees out there and it was feeling pretty darned nice. A little warmth for this time of the year was ok. I am ready since I am not one of the many going south for vacation right now. I have "pets" to keep happy out there in my yard......
As I was heading home, I saw a few deer trying to make their way across the highway. That is getting to be a challenge for them these days. If they get distracted from their direct route across the road, they can find themselves in some serious predicaments in a hurry these days. I am seeing far too much road kill because people can't slow down and give them a break/brake.......they need both kinds these days!
The snow is really deep around here and the critters are all having a bad time this winter. So, people......quit being in such a hurry and help them out a bit. Our winter is far from over and they need your consideration just to survive this particular one.