Well ole Man Winter is upon us, not much we can do about it, other than to bundle up and enjoy.
Nights are much longer now, daylight is at a premium, winds sound like freight trains and chill you to the bone. Unlike the rest of Canada, Northern winters last from October through to May, if one is lucky and Spring thaw comes early. Remarkably though the skies remain a beautiful shade of blue for the most part, and of course the dance of the Northern Lights is amazing. Skies are clear and the moon and stars magnificent, reflecting off the pristine white snow, illuminating everything to be seen.
and at times we are treated with the Sun Dogs, a northern phenomenon.
Time spent with LOKI during winter is hard on both of us. I had hoped to have him in by now, but this independent fellow continues to live by his own fashion, paying me visits, bringing along his many buddies and enjoying the life of the free spirit.
This video was taken on November 18, 2011, there are two more videos of this day yet to be uploaded.
A Winters Day with LOKI
LOKI had been by for breakfast, then returned for his dinner mid afternoon. Ironically later in the day he again returned, but chose to dash across the ravine and insisted I follow…which I did, waist deep in snow to get there. He was waiting at the top of the hill for me, silently observing my slipping and sliding to reach him and once I had joined him he delighted in playing ‘let’s just jump around in the snow’…of course how could I not join in the fun. Playful woofs, darting back and forth, leaping into the deepest snow drifts he could find and burying his face in the snow and rolling was all part of the games….I chose not to bury my face in the snow, but certainly enjoyed mimicking him the other ways. From his reaction it was clear he was delighted.
After 45 minutes of this, I could no longer feel my hands again, so decided it best to cross the ravine and seek the warmth inside. Not to be undone, LOKI raced past me, at which point I lost my footing and buried my face in the snow…man that cold hurts on exposed skin.
Waiting for me at home, he sat patiently, the look on his face, appearing to be devilish delight that I too was now covered in snow…all I could do was laugh and continue brushing ice crystals from my cheeks, dig snow out of my coat collar and shiver.
Hope you enjoy the video and new pictures.
For those who are interested in the Rescued Loon: video taken before she headed to Edmonton.