Alaska's Winter Horizon

Alaska's Winter Horizon

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday, January 22nd

Over this weekend, we have finally gotten into double digit temperatures for a change! In the past week 3 above zero has been the highest daily temperature and the nightly lows have been around 15 to 17 below zero. This afternoon during a burst of snowfall, Greg and I decided to get out and take a few pictures. We walked over to the nearby Memorial Garden to look for moose. There has been much more moose activity this year due to the deep snow. We have gotten around 92 inches so far this season. Twice this week at school we have had moose activity announcements. Two moose were on the back grounds of the school. We had to reroute children as they walked home in the afternoon. Today, alas, we spotted moose evidence but no actual moose sightings. Greg was able to manage to find several bohemian waxwings in a tree enjoying a Sunday lunch of berries. These beautiful birds have such smooth and soft plumage. You wish you could just pet one! They are definitely hardy to be able to tolerate such extreme weather. I walked atop several feet of packed snow in my quest for moose. If you step off the established packed snow, you find yourself up to your waist in soft snow! The snow continued and it was much wetter and colder than we were prepared for, so we cut the walk a little short.

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