Winter Beauty

Where we live, winter can be extremely cold. Some years we may get many feet of snow with relatively nice temperatures and some years (like this year) we may get little snow but have extremely cold temperatures. It was -3 degrees with a windchill that makes it feel like -23 degrees this morning. It is definitely winter here.

There is much beauty here, even when the temperatures are freezing cold.

Beautiful Sundogs ~ Please excuse the dirty windshield.

The sundogs happen when there are ice crystals in the air that play with the sun’s light (official explanation from NWS below). Some say that moisture will be on the way but this sundog photo was taken a few days ago and we have not had any new snow since (I am not complaining).

Sundogs are colored spots of light that develop due to the refraction of light through ice crystals. They are located approximately 22 degrees either left, right, or both, from the sun, depending on where the ice crystals are present. The colors usually go from red closest to the sun, out to blue on the outside of the sundog. Sundogs are also known as mock suns or parhelia, which means “with the sun”.” -National Weather Service

Deer enjoying the lilac branches

With the deer, I can’t say that this only happens in the winter but I do enjoy it when they wander through the yard. It seems they don’t mind me watching them as long as I am behind the glass of the window where I don’t seem to present a threat to them. They just mosey on through, snacking as they go.

Do you have a favorite season of the year? How cold do the temperatures get in your area during the winter months?