First Shot of 007
January can be a very cruel month. This valley, which is surrounded by mountains, can easily fill with cold air. The warm air aloft acts like a cap to keep the cold air in and the valley stays gray, slate gray, and nearly the same cold, damp temperature day and night.
Instead of focusing on that aspect of January, let’s take a look at what is wonderful about this coldest month of the year. Last Thursday it snowed all day and Friday morning we woke to a real winter wonderland. The landscape was pure white, the trees heavy with a thick icing of snow and, as the early light of dawn grew, the mountains peeked out from behind their shroud of clouds. Winter created a living, three dimensional Ansel Adams photo.
The cold doesn’t bother me if we can see blue skies. Even partly cloudy skies are fine, as long as we aren’t socked in the gray gloom. January is when the light of dawn arrives earlier...the first sign of more daylight ahead. The mountains are a great place to go no matter the weather in the valley. It can often be warmer at the higher elevations if the cold air is settling into the valley bowl. The white cover of the mountain peaks against the bluest of blue skies always fills my heart with joy and revives my soul. Having the sun dance across my face on the coldest days of winter is especially welcoming. January means cold, white, sky blue and beautiful.
January is also the time for visitors to come here to enjoy the Greatest Snow on Earth. Laurie and Mr. E arrived late on Saturday because of a delayed flight from Denver. We were still able to make it to Park City in time for dinner and a birthday celebration! Right now Laurie must be feeling on top of the world, with clear blue skies (yes, that picture was taken yesterday), a new wheel (a good reason to return home), and a virtual birthday party going on at her blog. May it be a fabulous, fun and fear-free day, Laurie!