Yesterday we went to the cabin and were surprised to see that the highest points across the ridge from our cabin had fresh, new snow! It was chilly and damp, but fortunately there wasn't any new snow at our place. The two snowbanks that had been blocking the road on the way up are gone! Yippee!
Right before sundown we were blessed by the beautiful lighting on the eastern mountain ridge as the sun set behind the mountain to the right. I believe this phenomena is called 'alpine glow'.
ALPINE GLOW: A sequence of colours seen on snow-covered mountain tops at sunset, sometimes called alpenglow or (German) alpenglüh. The true alpine glow begins when the Sun is still above the horizon. Mountain tops that are illuminated by the Sun become yellow, pink, reddish, and finally purple.
At first the ridge of sunlight beaming on the mountain ridge was a stripe in the middle, but as the sun went down, the light rose higher up the ridge and became more intense.
The camera does not do justice to the complete feeling of being enveloped in color and light that we felt as we observed this from our cabin front yard. From left to right, and everywhere in between, the sky was glorious! How amazing it is to view the reflection of the sunset!
Looking towards the fire tower that is on the table-like rock in the distance. The light becomes diluted and fades as the sun sinks farther into the western sky.
Dusk surrounds the cabin. The greenery is pretty squished and looks dull in the pending darkness. It's interesting how the snow both squashed and protects everything under it.
And. . .Brent thinks it's 'interesting' how his new woodshed became such a safe and cozy haven for a pack-rat family during the winter! He thought he had all the cracks filled with foam and caulking, but there must be more. From the woodshed storeroom came sounds of crashing and bumping around as Brent tried fruitlessly to get the cute little critters to run out the door. Such cute Mickey Mice (truly, they are darling with their beady eyes and huge ears) --- they decided to stay put for now. But, I can assure you, they have met their match!
The end of a quiet and beautiful day. God's colors were written on mountain peaks. Darkness fell --- and it was SO dark! There's something about a forest at night. . .dark and cozy. . or a little unnerving. I'm still deciding. . .