Sunday, December 01, 2013
Why I Live Here: Cold Beauty
It's good that people Outside (Alaska) believe it's cold and dark here most of the year. It keeps them from moving up here. But I'm constantly awed and delighted by the magnificence of Nature and the show it puts on in Alaska is never ending. Even after 36 years here, I'm awed daily. Fortunately, most Outsiders think such talk is just Alaskans rationalizing why they live in the cold and dark. That's right. Seattle's a nice place if you have to move north. And there's Calgary and Edmonton if Seattle's too far south. All much nicer than Anchorage. Really.
We got home from LA just in time for the temperature to plunge to about -5˚F (-20˚C). But I shoveled the driveway in the cold sunshine yesterday. Today when I got back in from finishing the job (well there's a bit more I could do tomorrow) the outside thermometer said +9˚F (-12˚C) and tomorrow it's predicted to be in the 20s.
As I shoveled I kept looking up at these birch trees, dressed in hoarfrost, and I thought about how the new camera can take much better pictures of this than the little one.