Wednesday was beautiful. We may see snow again over the next several days, so I took an evening walk until just past sunset. Temperatures hung around the mid-fifties when I strolled out the front door but probably cooled ten or fifteen degrees after the sun dropped. After so many months, how nice it is to be outside without hefty winter clothing. Unlike a lot of the complaining DJs and weather forecasters, I do enjoy winter, but change is good.
This is not my favorite time of year. Usually, autumn thrills me more than any other season, and Wednesday felt particularly autumnal. The cool air always feels great but the colors are what really do it for me--2008 was amazing that way, and I was so pleased because my family spent late August in Alaska, where the weather was already creeping away from summer, and when we returned to the Twin Cities, autumn was just beginning and held out for another two months; my experience of the season was extended and the colors were particularly vibrant that year. The change in our world's weather is amazing. I'm not sure about the current local light increase, but Fairbanks gains four minutes of sunlight each day.
These kinds of changes are so nice that I took as many pictures in an hour and a half walk through Snail Lake Regional Park than during ten days in Alaska. To be fair, that was a visiting trip more than a touristy trip, but this warm air lifted my spirits. Most of the world is still brown with a few scattered latent reds--the new growth needs a little more inspiration than a temperature change--but a few wispy green tendrils bravely crept above the soil. The early spring sky is just as blue, and pink near dusk, as summer.
Many of the posts from the last few weeks seem orange-oriented, which surprises me as it's not something that seems to be part of my regular color palette. Hopefully, these early spring colors offer a nice contrast.
Gear: Nikon D90, Tokina 12-24mm