The Pancake Chronicles

The Pancake Chronicles: sun, moon

The Pancake Chronicles

Monday, February 21, 2011

sun, moon

© Colleen Hilman
Oh, 'twas a particularly c-c-c-old February morning last week.  I was inside, toasty warm, minding my own business which involved intentionally drinking very black coffee at turtle speed.  My tip-off to the mind-numbing cold was not the thermometer but the fog that hung under the low sun rising.  When the temperature plummets in Yellowknife from the cold to ridiculous there will usually be an icy fog that hovers low to the ground filling cracks between trees and houses and brave be-parka-ed souls trudging to work.  Well, I thought it was called ice fog until I looked it up.  One needs humidity for fog and we are rather sparse in the humidity department - quite rather.  What we have is called "diamond dust".  (If it's in Wikipedia it must be official.)  Isn't that beautiful?  And it is beautiful.
Sun butter dollop ice cream snow.
Woollen blanket tangerine smother.
Ice castle rock concert.

© Colleen Hilman
That same evening there was a full moon.  We raced in our truck and it was neck-and-neck the whole way.  Darting out of sight in backyards and emerging in split-seconds.  Crunching through birch, sipping sap and spitting bark. 
MAN, it was cold. 
Bless my soul, I'm glad for window panes and thermostats.


Blogger Unknown said...

Simply beautiful. (Stay warm friend!)

21 February 2011 at 08:42  
Blogger Rachel said...

You must sip hot bevvies all day long!

22 February 2011 at 08:30  
Blogger Colleen said...

You would think so, wouldn't you? During the day our apartment is often too warm because all the heat pumping into the building rises up and roasts us. (Happy medium, anyone? Anyone?) I break out the hot drinks, other than morning coffee, in the late afternoon and evening and for hockey games especially.

22 February 2011 at 12:55  
Blogger emily ruth said...

so gorgeous!
& diamond dust? how awesome is that?

22 February 2011 at 16:46  

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