|A true "commuter" aircraft|
The temperature this morning was about minus-35 degrees F (-37C), yet it didn't feel as cold as -10 does at home, even on a windless day. Usually I would don my heavy parka for a -30 or colder day, but today I was perfectly comfortable with just my normal day-to-day 'cop coat'. You know, the short waisted kind that offers reasonable access to your side-arm should you need it. That's likely to change quickly in the next day or two, as we will soon be under a blizzard watch.
At one point in my patrol I encountered a small band of caribou. The lead cow walked up to the road, and then couldn't decide if she wanted to cross it or not. I had heard of this behavior in caribou before, but this was the first time I observed it for myself. While they were trying to make a decision I was able to capture a couple of photographs of the animals.
|Caribou trying to decide whether or not to cross the road.|
Apparent noon today (when the sun is at it's highest point) was about 1:30 this afternoon. The difference between apparent and clock-time noon is due to the way the borders of time zones are drawn, not any natural phenomenon. At about that time I captured this image of frozen willows (the closest thing to trees I've seen all day) against the southern horizon. This is as bright as the natural sunlight got today.
|Frosted willows against the horizon|
At one point, I needed to walk across an expanse of unbroken snow to clear the frost off a road sign, so I could figure out where the heck I was located. Had I attempted that at home, I'd have sunk knees deep into the snow and would have post-holed every single step. I was delight to learn that the wind-blown and drifted snow up here has set up so completely that I could easily hike across the surface, leaving little more than maybe 1/4" deep prints.
This is indeed an interesting, captivating yet surreal ecosystem, and so far I'm enjoying it. We'll see how much I enjoy it when the winds and snows start picking up. I may see things in a bit different light then.