Wind

Got a couple of days off and spent a long weekend at the cabin. The weather wasn’t the best possible – it wasn’t cold, but it was overcast and windy. Very windy. And it has been windy all winter, which was very evident when looking at the snow cover. I have never seen this many dark patches on the tundra already in February, the snow just has never settled in the exposed parts. Normally you see these dark patches in April when the warm sun is melting the snow, which of course raises the question, how much snow will there be left in the Easter? What’s needed is more snowing and less wind.

But still, it was a nice mini-vacation. The clouds briefly disappeared on Friday night so I did a moonlight trip, not the trip I had planned though because it was almost impossible to ski on the icy snow in full daylight but in the moonlight when you can’t really see the structure of the surface… dangerous. Even the steel edges of my backcountry skis couldn’t get a hold on that ice so I had to settle to staying on the trail. Having said that, it was an awesome evening!

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Wind
That’s the wind beating around the snow. The surface on top of the picture is the hard icy snow, and then in some places the loose snow piles up.

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sound of the wind
You just have to imagine the sound of the wind

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A couple of hours later, the clouds were gone. My biggest goal of the evening trip was to shoot Venus and Mars, but I wasn’t able to get myself to a good spot because of the icy snow. Here you have Venus just barely visible top left and you can even see Mars in the full res picture but not here.

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The half moon was providing enough light for skiing on the trail, but every time I ventured off the trail, I had to use my headlamp to try to make out if the snow was icy or soft (which is the difference between skiing like Bambi on ice, or staying on my feet).

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Big Dipper and Polaris
Big Dipper and Polaris. The Zeiss 16-35/4 is very sharp wide open, impressive!

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Venus on the left, disappearing behind  the mountain. You can see the trail on the right, I was supposed to follow it up to the peaks in the distance which would have given me a free view to west and to Venus and Mars.

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Fiskhålsgraven
On Saturday, the obligatory trip to Fiskhålsgraven. You can see all the dark patches in the distance, there really wasn’t much snow unless it was piled in drifts like the overhangs on the left.

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