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Published: February 5th 2017
Mid-winter excursions are made more exciting by the weather demons! Even signing up weeks in advance for the Skrastin's Outdoor Club
day at Emerald Lake
, I said to myself, "I hope it won't be the coldest day of the year!" It was. Arrival temperature was in the region of -27C! My wimpish self and a few others who were not embarking on a day of skiing or snowshoeing headed straight to the Emerald Lake Lodge
for coffee. With great empathy, they dispensed coffee for free - hot and in finger-warming glass mugs.
Warmed, Candace and I repositioned our many layers and took our cameras into the visual paradise of snow-covered forests and lake. Fully overcast, the sky emitted pale light, rendering the scenes in natural black and white. The wind had sculpted the pure snow on the low-hanging evergreen branches into abstract blobs. The frozen lake was a pane of opaque frosted glass. In stark contrast, a winter water "pond" was open on the Emerald River, reflecting the dark trees and their adorning snow jewels. For a brief interlude, the sun pushed through the draping cloud, not to shine but to borrow the moon's glow.
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