White on White

31 Dec
Ice fog on Pond courtesy of Free

Ice fog on Pond courtesy of Free

Temperatures at the cabin last week ranged from -28 degrees F to +36 degrees F causing some very interesting weather changes. With 26 inches of snow on the ground, the wide swing in temperature created a heavy fog which is unusual for this time of year. It was strange to witness and I scribbled my feelings down which turned into the following little ditty:

White cold from the North numbs and steals ones feeling.

White ice covers the water and gives the lake a hard ceiling.

White snow covers the landscape, the ground and the trees.

White fog from the South hides from sight, all of these.


Walking out on the ice in the fog would have been a little scary as you could easily have been disoriented in the fog as everything was white and no points of reference where visible. Kind of cool. Pardon the pun. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy New Year!


Posted by on December 31, 2013 in Other Strangeness


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23 responses to “White on White

  1. char

    December 31, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I love your reflections, especially the ice ceiling on the lake. Winter weather brings all sorts of spooky phenomenon.

    • Dennis Langley

      December 31, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks. We say it every year it seems, but this is starting off as a very strange Winter.

      • char

        December 31, 2013 at 1:53 pm

        We kind of had a weird start to winter now. It’s normalized now, but the first of December was super foggy and cold (not usual).

      • Dennis Langley

        December 31, 2013 at 2:05 pm

        We’ve had bitter cold starting in Mid-November with almost no let up. This combined with record snowfall has made for a four-letter winter so far.

  2. Scott Weber

    December 31, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    The fog the other day was pretty cool. I have other words for the rest of this winter though…

  3. Matthew Wright

    December 31, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    It’s wonderful how inspiration floats in!

    Apropos the weather itself though…I shiver just to think of cold like that. Never get it in NZ except in the deepest south. We keep hearing reports of crazy winter storms across the US – this when the NZ weather’s gone topsy-turvy.

    • Dennis Langley

      December 31, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      There have been some nasty storms, especially on the east coast this year. Hopefully it will settle down now.

  4. sknicholls

    December 31, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Your poetry makes me want to get a heavy coat. I only own a thin jacket, so I don’t know what I would do in that climate…be ill prepared, I guess.

    • Dennis Langley

      December 31, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      Even the locals are complaining so it must be cold. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I was in Cocoa Beach a month ago for the MAVEN launch, wearing shorts and flip flops. What a change!

      • sknicholls

        December 31, 2013 at 5:08 pm

        That’s just down the road from me. i am wearing flip flops as we speak and will be wearing them when we go out tonight also…lol…love me a blown out flip flop ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Dennis Langley

        December 31, 2013 at 5:11 pm

        Go ahead pour salt in the wound. ๐Ÿ™‚ Add some lemon juice and tell me it’s sunny and 80 degrees.

  5. Pete Denton

    January 1, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Happy New Year, Dennis! Have a great 2014 ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Jade Reyner

    January 1, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Lovely ditty Dennis. There weather doesn’t sound much fun at all! We are having lots of the wet stuff, I don’t think that it is ever going to stop! I think that we are all going to be turning up on Susan’s doorstep if this carries on much longer! Hope that you had a lovely Christmas and with all good wishes for 2014! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Dennis Langley

      January 2, 2014 at 11:03 am

      Thanks, Jade. The holidays have been different but good overall. Many traditions were left behind this year. I don’t mind the snow so much. But, the bitter cold is getting everyone down. It was -43 degrees F in International Falls, MN this morning. As a reference, If your spit cracks before it hits the ground, it is colder than -50. ๐Ÿ˜

      • Jade Reyner

        January 2, 2014 at 3:25 pm

        That is madness! I trust you are well decked out in your thermals! I keep thinking … what happens if the heating packs up?? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      • Dennis Langley

        January 2, 2014 at 4:15 pm

        We rely, in part, on a wood fired stove which is capable of heating the whole place if the power goes out. Writing by oil lamp might be interesting experience. However, I would prefer not to find out.

      • Jade Reyner

        January 3, 2014 at 12:45 pm

        Oh dear… back in the dark ages then perhaps!?! You could always take the romanticism of it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you are warm enough and enjoying the fire and the cats… ๐Ÿ™‚ What could be better indeed?

      • Dennis Langley

        January 3, 2014 at 1:33 pm

        Pen and paper instead of a computer. Hey that sounds familiar. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Jade Reyner

        January 4, 2014 at 5:18 pm

        Ah… the good old days…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 4amWriter

    January 2, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Wonderful poem, Dennis. I don’t think I’d want to experience that for an extended period of time, though! We’re getting our snow now, and school is cancelled for the day. The kids are eagerly waiting for 10:00, which is when I told them I would go sledding with them. It is about 10 degrees out there. Help.

    • Dennis Langley

      January 2, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Thanks. I’ve been thinking about how much I used to enjoy sledding. We have a short hill at the cabin that would run out onto the lake. Maybe I should let the child out and give it a go. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Have fun today.


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