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