One of my favorite aspects of snow on the lake is watching long shadows move across its surface as the low sun transits the southern sky. It's an effect you can't see in the summer, or even when there's ice on the lake without snow cover.
|Long Winter Shadows Even at Mid-Day|
We are now past the winter solstice, and the days are already lengthening.
After sunset the moon rose with the planet Jupiter acting as its guide and pilot. It added a dramatic finish to special day.
|Conjunction of Jupiter and the Moon|
They are always pretty this time of year, with fresh, healthy red fur coats. It must have been a good summer for them, either due to plentiful food supplies, or more likely, fewer predators.