COLD Is Not Photographable

Other than taking my picture next to a thermometer, which I’ve already done in the past, I really don’t know how to convey coldness.  Snow is easy.  So is fog and ice and slush and sleet.  But today it is bright and sunny and spectacular.  Simply putting on bulky layers of clothing will not convince anybody.

I don’t care.  I’m not even going to try to make a big deal of the -7 degree (F) temperature, because that’s still 20-degrees warmer than last week.  No, today’s weather feature is something entirely different.

Before I could go for a bike ride (a short one again) I had to shovel my front porch, my driveway, and my back porch. It was on the back porch that I asked The Feeshko to take a picture of me holding a big icicle that I pulled off of the roof.


My icicle.


It was on the back porch that I noticed something I’ve only seen once before.  Forget the icicle, the snow, and the cold temperature!  This was way more exciting than that stuff, though I’m really not sure if it’s a weather phenomenon or a nature phenomenon or a metaphysical phenomenon or an imaginary phenomenon.  Perhaps somebody out there with a scientific background can tell me what’s going on here.  (I’m looking at you, Rich.)


You might be thinking that’s the sun. You’d be wrong.



I’m looking directly to the east. The sun is shining brightly to the southeast. (You can see some of its glow on the extreme right side of this picture.)


I Googled such stuff as “bright light in the sky that is not the sun” and “rainbow-like thing on a sunny day.”  None of that worked.

So I went for a bike ride.


Over the last two days I shoveled 14″ of snow into this pile.


Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

6 response to "COLD Is Not Photographable"

  1. By: GDinSD Posted: February 8, 2019

    Hello gblood.

    Google “parhelion.”

  2. By: gregblood Posted: February 9, 2019

    Hey, that’s exactly it Gregg. Thanks. I have heard the term “sundog” before, but didn’t know what it meant. Now I do.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: February 9, 2019

    Late to the game, day late/dollar short, story of my life.
    Parhelions are neat! If the view blockers werent in the way, there is likely another sundog on the other side.
    (Thats one pile of snow you have there!)

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: February 9, 2019

    You just MAY have tempted the weather gods and jinxed yourself with a very cold and snowy winter by saying that you were going to ride every single day….

    The driveway snowpile looks like it could be made into a fantastic snow fort. I like the snow and cold at the point that you’ve captured in these photos… when all that starts to melt and then refreeze overnight… no thanks!

  5. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: February 12, 2019

    Impressive icicle and sundog. Alas the only ice you’ll find here is of the worst kind.

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