Snow free

After two weeks of sub-freezing temperatures and lots of snow, we had 4C today and the roads looked safe enough for me to get back on my bicycle. In the morning I wasn’t sure that all the paths on my way to tai chi would be cleared, so I didn’t ride there, but in the afternoon I was curious so I went out to scout my regular route. All the paths were free of snow. It’s supposed to get a bit warmer in the weeks to come. Indeed 4C even felt warm after the colder days we had been having. But wind and rain is also in the forecast. So we shall see.

I wore my heated gloves today and my hands were warm enough. However after an hour the gloves are not as warm as in the beginning. After I had them in the house for five or ten minutes and before I turned them off, they were again very warm. So I guess the outdoor temperature cools them off, and the colder it is, the shorter the heating effect, but not because the battery is empty. That’s my theory anyway.


Here are some pictures from one of my walks on the icy days.

The males were very busy aggressively chasing each other off their territory or defending their partners. Survival of the fittest I guess.
The historic water mill on the Würm was coated with ice but it was still turning.

Here in Gauting it seems they are trying to save energy. They hung up some very modest Christmas decorations in the main street, but they have never turned on the lights! That’s just a bit too parsimonious. Really! So here’s a Christmas angel from indoors for a more festive mood.

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. Cycling and photography are my favorite things.

7 response to "Snow free"

  1. By: DJG Posted: December 20, 2022

    Suzanne, it’s interesting that you still have leaves on the trees despite your cold weather, in some cases that’s the same for us.
    Very impressed with the water wheel looks as though its been there for quite a while.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: December 20, 2022

      The water wheel was built in 1878 and still in use in a paper mill until 1967. Now it’s a protected landmark.

  2. By: gregblood Posted: December 20, 2022

    Beyond the nice field of snow in your featured picture, I noticed some cool-looking fog. I’m guessing there is a body of water back there. I also like the reddish leaves sprinkled on the snow in the foreground.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: December 20, 2022

      Yes, that cool layer of fog or mist is what attracted me. No water there though. I think it is produced by the moisture released from the snow when the temperature rises quickly. I’ve seen it over other plowed fields, too.

  3. By: DJG Posted: December 21, 2022

    Apologies Suzanne, I should have included the following.
    Great to see that you are back on the bike after your medical procedure, and thanks for posting your report on your heated gloves.

  4. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 21, 2022

    The layer of fog is interesting, and especially the water wheel.

    Q: Do your heated gloves take AA batteries, or how does that work?

  5. By: NancyG Posted: December 21, 2022

    Nice that you can at least get out and walk and are now on your bike. My last ride was on Saturday and then cold snow with more coming, then freezing rain, and now we have icy roads everywhere. The thought was that there would be rain and warming temps of Friday but that has changers to freezing temps and icy rain. Or snow. Grrrrr .. no riding and no walking on the icy roads or walkways.
    I love the frozen water wheel photo.

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