70 seems pretty warm for this time of year! It’s cooling rapidly now here and this time of year the changes are rather dramatic. Farther to the east, two people have already been injured in an avalanche.
Yes, it was cold, the ground was frozen. It felt cold too because I haven’t yet gotten acclimated to the cold. I actually do better in the cold weather than in the summer heat and couldn’t stand the summers in your area, even though I was able to for many years in the Phoenix area.
I remember you once said that you’d lived in Phoenix. The cold does me in, but I thrive in the heat (even if it gets to me a little now, whereas a few decades ago it didn’t at all). Different climates for different bodies.
I was in the Phoenix area for about 25 years and only during the last few did the heat really bother me. I was born and raised in Montana though and have long understood how to handle the snow and cold weather: you go out and play in it.
I hope there will be lots of snow shots this winter. We desperately need the snow pack to sustain our river, lakes and ground water systems. For the next few weeks, maybe a month, there will be a phase where the temps stay at or near freezing, and the roads can be very icy most of the time, making them dangerous for those who drive too fast anyway. Then the cold will set in and hopefully the snow will insulate the plants and make the driving much safer.
Have to make a second comment. As I was admiring the peacefulness of the picture again it brought to mind a favorite poem of mine. “Whose woods these are I think I know, his house is in the village though. He will not see me stopping here to watch his woods fill up with snow.” Thanks again for sharing your talents.