This year, unlike most years, I stayed in Edmonton over the holiday season. We've been having record mild temperatures, so of course I went for a walk. There weren't many things to take pictures of, given the lack of snow, but here are a few that I did take.
Here is a sequence of shots showing some of the early ice on the river. This is nowhere near enough to walk on - it is mostly just loose chunks of slush and ice squished together. A big surge of water from the dam upstream would clear it out in a few minutes. They did that sort of thing a lot last year, and left six foot heaps of ice on the banks, as well as damaging the riverboat!
|The squirrels usually don't hibernate all winter - they can be seen on the warmer days. This year, I wonder if they've gone to sleep at all!|
Here is a pair of shots of the river ice, taken from a couple hundred yards downstream from the first sequence.
|Here is the usual "trio" picture. If you look carefully to the right, there is a bicyle there - a couple of kids were crashing through the brush.|
|This is a picture of the trio from March 12, 2000, after we finally had some snow!|
|This is a very busy squirrel! He was around, but didn't stay close enough for me to get a picture of him.|
|And here is the usual "hollow" picture.|
Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!