Who Has Seen The Wind?

It’s a gorgeous day outside today – bright blazing sunshine, and its very warm – above minus 20 for a change.  Not as warm as it sounds however, because there is also a stiff wind.  The combination of wind and fresh snow is endlessly interesting to me  – I love the way the wind shifts new snow around.  There can be bare lake ice right beside a one foot snow drift, the drift all streamlined and sleek, as the wind is bent and deflected by obstacles.  Seeing snow moving like this is really a way of seeing the wind.  Today is a good day for it – the snow is dancing along the ground.  I tried to capture it for you on video – at some risk of losing my hand I might add!  (You can’t operate an iphone without bare hands.)  The video doesn’t of course fully capture the wonder of standing out on the open exposed lake, bathed in glorious sun, with snow blowing along the surfaces all around me.  It is dancing in the gusts, leaving wind trails, little drifts on irregularities in the surface of the old snow.  If one were really wise to the ways of the world, had observed for long enough, I’m sure one could read the whole story of the fall and winter weather in it.

About Tandi

I love my morning coffee, reading, the wilderness, paddling, poetry, my Spanish husband, and being a doctor. I also love writing my blog, and reading yours.
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9 Responses to Who Has Seen The Wind?

  1. grtescp says:

    so beautiful! I hope you managed to thaw your hand out afterwards! Thanks for taking the risk to share this with us 🙂 Louize x

  2. Todd says:

    You’re quite welcome; your blog is lovely and it’s nice to have an opportunity to support it just a little bit. I’m allergic to stuff as well but last month’s end of pinky frostnip from inadvertently undergloving at -15 was decidedly unfun. Easier to put up with more gear than find replacement hands.

    • Tandi says:

      Hi Todd,

      Thank you for the support! I always appreciate it. Yes, there has been a bit of frostnip going around here too – the tip of my nose, and my thighs, strangely. Its such a problem because of the ongoing sensitivity – I needed to keep my nose covered constantly for a couple of weeks afterwards. (It reoccurred after walking half a block one day. Crazy!) Such a nuisance! Serious frostbite would be a long term problem – I have a great deal of respect for it now. I went all out and bought some warmer snow pants too to deal with the constantly tender thighs. Not sure if this is a carry over from mild frost bite there 2 years ago, ( my first day in Yellowknife actually) or just a vulnerable area.

      • Todd says:

        I think it’s a vulnerable area since, as one walks, it’s easy to get compression due to the pull on the pants fabric. Or at least fronts and backs of thighs are the hardest place to avoid cold spots for me. Am debating the next pants purchase and trying to figure out what would be the right cut and amount of roominess. Kinda like the idea of bibs.

        I’ve a couple different nose covering balaclavas which I get religious about below oh, -20 or so, warmer if it’s windy. Even with multiple hoods pulled as far forward as I can get my nose gets cold enough uncovered I worry after a couple blocks. They’re imperfect and kinda antisocial but with two at least there’s usually one of them which isn’t too iced up from breathing.

  3. shoreacres says:

    I so enjoyed the videos, but then got distracted by the gloves and went “shopping” for a while. I used to have a pair of rockclimber gloves from Patagonia that were perfect for sanding and such in cold weather, but they wore out, Patagonia doesn’t carry them anymore and I’d never found a replacement. (Thanks in part to a milder winter last year. There wasn’t so much motivation.) I think I may have found a pair that will do me. So thanks to Todd for that!

    Your comment about bare lake ice next to a drift reminded me of the year one side of my grandparents’ house was buried in drifts to the top of the roof. On the other side, there was bare ground with grass showing. It is amazing to watch the movement. In Iowa, they used to put out snow fence along the highways, too, to help prevent drifting across the roads. It did help, and the shapes of the drifts along the fencing could be marvelous.

  4. Tandi says:

    I wish I could see a photo of your grandparents house like that, and those snow fence drifts. I’ll bet they were beautiful!

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