Snow and ice are common in winter, but the same cannot be said about sunshine.
Today was one of those rare days when everything did combine perfectly: yesterday’s snowfall was displayed beautifully under the cold January sun. And with cold I mean really cold; when I started my day before sunset, there was a windchill of -26° Celsius…

I was out and about all day on the South Side Hills, hiking and enjoying the virgin snow. There’s nothing quite like blazing your own trail through a thick white blanket of fresh powder!

The hike was absolutely marvellous, including all 3 times I slipped and fell ;-). I didn’t see much in the way of wildlife though, the only notable highlight was a clumsy cartwheel display by 2 young eagles, they put on a nice show right in front of me. Young bald eagles often practise these difficult courtship rituals, they need to master them if they ever want to attract a partner.

Here are some pictures from today:

Soldiers Pond in winter – Deadmans Bay Path

Soldiers Pond in winter – Deadmans Bay Path

Frozen water bottle – Deadmans Bay Path

This is one of my water bottle after a few hours on the trail, I had three of these with me and two of them froze before I could drink them.

Winter Wonder Hills – Deadmans Bay Path

Supply ships travel back and forth between St. John’s and the oil platforms out on the ocean, here’s one of them returning to port, I believe it is the Atlantic Osprey:

A supply ship returns to port – Deadmans Bay Path

Trail signs are sparse on the South Side Hills, in places it was difficult finding the trail, which is often the case after heavy snowfall.

Trail sign – Deadmans Bay Path

My tracks in the snow – Deadmans Bay Path

Here’s one last shot before descending towards the Narrows:

Shadow portrait – Deadmans Bay Path