Category Archives: weather

Anchor ice

  It has been a week of modest cold. The average temperature has been perhaps -8 °C. It has been cold enough to produce anchor ice in local creeks. In the accompanying pictures there is snow; in addition there is … Continue reading

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Whiteness on trees

  Blossoms: This posting is just about white on trees resulting from water. Blossoms and seeds are another matter. Following the reaction to my posting about a rime band, I thought it might be worthwhile to offer a guide to … Continue reading

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Rime band

  In this season, snow is seen that falls on the mountainside. Yet, all the white on distant trees need not be snow — sometimes what is seen is rime. When snow falls from a cloud above the mountain, it … Continue reading

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December goulash

  This is a collection of images from this December, none of which has had a posting of its own. A Coyote hunts for voles in a field. Each winter, Nelson’s waterfront plays host to a variety of interesting water … Continue reading

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Lake star

  We have all seen them: star-like patterns of melt on the shallow ice of bays. With any luck, this posting will be followed by one with more information on these so-called lake stars, for much of their formation remains … Continue reading

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October goulash

  This is a collection of images from this October, none of which has had a posting of its own. The month started slowly with many walks producing few good observations, but things improved towards month’s end. A dozen different … Continue reading

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Cold-morning elk

  In the cold-morning air, an elk could see its breath. It is my guess that elk will have, at best, only a shallow grasp of the physics of the experience.  The elk’s exhaling is producing steam fog. The process … Continue reading

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Mid-October

  October is a month of transitions. Katabatic winds flow out over the water and give rise to ephemeral sprites of steam fog. Curiously, despite the gentleness of the wind, a steam devil emerges. The orangish colours of Western Larch … Continue reading

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Canada’s diversity

  Today, July 1st, marks Canada Day and the country’s 152nd birthday. Canadians value and celebrate diversity — by which they mean cultural diversity. However, some feel that the preservation of our species diversity merits a similar attention. This selection … Continue reading

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June goulash

  This is a collection of images from June, none of which has had a posting of its own. The Cedar Waxwing breeds around here in the summer. This Eastern Kingbird feels the need to express its opinion. A Cedar … Continue reading

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