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Frosty Morning

Frosty morning – On Table Rock Lake at Piney Creek Wilderness. Copyright © 2020 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

The predicted overnight temperatures were 30°F. It dropped to 21°F. Fortunately, I’d anticipated this and I was nice and warm in my hammock. One of the marginal advantages of getting older is the need for rising early to answer nature’s call. I awoke to this pre-dawn scene, where the mist had frozen on the shore and nearby trees. The mist over the water was moving very quickly and was wonderful to see (I’ll add a video).

I also watched a beaver swimming in the lake — the beaver took a surprisingly long time to realize I was there and then dived out of view. Several seconds later it made a mistake and surfaced next to the rock I was standing on. I didn’t really get a chance to see it, I just heard a splash, and saw the swirl of water and trail of bubbles as it swam away from the shore.

All in all, it was magic and well worth the minor discomfort of wandering around in the frost.

Copyright © 2020 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.