December 10, 2019

Actual sunrise time was 7:19, and the photo happened at 7:19.

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Just by chance I reached my vantage point and got the camera out at exactly sunrise.

A little later — 10 minutes later — at a secondary vantage point, there was a little more evidence of sun.

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About a half hour after that, I looked out the car window, and, in no position to get out my iPhone, saw the sun very briefly move into a break in the clouds and look exactly like the moon — a distinct white disc.

I'm not sure what the temperature was, but right now it's 9° and "feels like" -7°. Honestly, the cold was no problem at all. I'm beginning to think there won't be any day all winter when it is too cold to run.

22 comments:

tcrosse said...

Imagine how it would look from the bar-restaurant at the top of Van Vleck.

stevew said...

"I'm beginning to think there won't be any day all winter when it is too cold to run."

Being a superstitious person I would never utter or write those words.

A new day dawns, overall gray and foreboding but with a ray of sunshine to give us hope.

BarrySanders20 said...

The silhouette of the stump looks like a praying bear on the back of an alligator who is inexplicably baying at the moon. What does it all mean in this season of Advent?

Narr said...

OK, tonight, if the sky is clear, find a good place to observe sunset and wait . . . for a conjunction of Venus and Saturn, with a possible appearance by Jupiter too. Might work tomorrow evening also, just don't look too late.

A few big snowflakes here, with some accumulation expected (though not by me). Unusual this early.

Narr
Cold ducks in the morning, blogger Narr stay warming

Ann Althouse said...

Near that the second location, as soon as I got there, an otter scampered out of the water and under a log on the shore. I didn't get my camera out fast enough.

jrem said...

Never too cold not to run, or ski. just set the alarm and go for it. Cheers.

The Crack Emcee said...

This morning I entered a remix contest taking place in Las Vegas. The song is "Feel The Night" by DJ Dad Shirt.

Before you ask (because you guys always ask) that's Tracy Morgan with Conan O'Brian, Kosmo Kramer from "Seinfeld" and Joe Rogan.

Enjoy.

wildswan said...

The Crack Emcee said...
This morning I entered a remix contest taking place in Las Vegas. The song is "Feel The Night" by DJ Dad Shirt.

Can we vote?

The Crack Emcee said...

wildswan said...

"Can we vote?"

Only by liking my Soundcloud mix - I think DJ Dad Shirt is the judge.

rehajm said...

Never too cold not to run, or ski.

It can definitely be too cold to ski. Obviously you've never skied Whiteface Mountain...

dbp said...

When you are a regular runner, or someone who exercises outdoors most days, you become more in touch with actual weather. People seem to get the impression that once we hit winter, it is just unrelentingly cold, all the time. But it really isn't, there are lots of days, here and there, which aren't so bad. One way I could tell was that up until a couple of years ago I had a goal of doing one barefoot run per week. I live in the Boston area and there were almost no weeks (1 or 2) in the whole of winter where I did't make this goal. For perspective, on wet roads I could only stand temperatures above the mid 30's, if it was sunny and dry, I could stand the high 20's comfortably.

Otto said...

I am always amused about Ann"s split personality. She gives us these wonderful photo in the morning and delves right into basement dwelling with blogs about vibrators boasting that her grandmother had one.

Ann Althouse said...

Winter is lovely. You have to learn to deal with the darkness, which I do by getting up very early and enjoying writing before dawn, then going out in time for the sunrise and going to bed early. You need proper clothing and to check the weather and wear the right stuff. You need some outdoor activities that you like. You need to like the look of bare trees and snow. And you need to value the annual cycle of nature and to observe the detail. Going through winter makes spring wonderful. The challenge is exciting. Plus there are always so many things to do indoors. Spend some long hours reading. Cook. Have conversations.

WR said...

Narr comments "cold ducks in the morning"
To me, it looks like mostly Coots near the shore with one duck (Mallard?). I'm guessing Canada Geese further off shore.

The Crack Emcee said...

Nice Weather for Ducks

traditionalguy said...

Ann Althouse@ 12:15 touched my heart like poetry. Nice writing.

Narr said...

For WR (and our Hostess):

Somber blue stillness.
Coots, ducks, mallards, distant geese.
C.f. "Waterfowl."

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Meteorological winter is icumen in

Aunty Trump said...

Democrats are hard at work today on a tax cut for wealthy Democrats.

Annie C. said...

I don't run. My boobs don't like it.

But I do a good long walk along the lake here daily at 3:30am. Cold, snow, rain, wind are all fine to walk in. However, if there is Forrest Gump sideways rain, I stay in.

This is along an open lake shore though, not a trail in the trees.

Ken B said...

Insty has a link about a teacher who assaulted a student wearing a Trump pin.

Otto said...

IG report -https://www.justice.gov/storage/120919-examination.pdf - ia a must read. Strzok and McCabe as a minimum are going to jail after Dunham gets through with them. Just reading the executive summary makes you sick.

Phidippus said...

AA is right, if you're dressed appropriately, once you're warmed up from exercise, you're not cold.

I led a couple of bike rides during winter back in the day. I didn't feel cold but my water bottle was well frozen by the midpoint coffee stop.

Photography is more difficult, if you're using big equipment, because you're walking, at best. I was working one day when it was 19 F (no problem with an extra layer) but one of my dark slides broke in half when I was trying to put it back into the film holder. Naturally I had to do that one over again. I have gloves that allow me to operate just about everything with them on but there are still a few fiddly things where I have to take them off briefly. One learns not to touch the tripod legs with bare fingers.

I love photographing in winter. Frozen water, snow and light interacting, the landscape completely transformed, simplified. Quiet. Solitude. Perfect.