The Arctic flow has moved on and we have returned to more seasonal temperatures, although it's still hovering around 0 C at night. A rainbow beckoned me down to the beach, and then off I went to my favorite wildlife viewing location. (click on photos to enlarge)
Whoops! I splooshed along the trail ~
above, poised for flight ~
vista ahead ~
and in the distance....
Trumpeter swans! the first I've seen this year.
Swans on one side and a Great Blue Heron, seemingly unsociable, on the other.
Along with the myriad of ducks, the heads of a few sea lions were seen drifting through the waves as well!
It was a most invigorating afternoon!
Not knowing then, that later on in the evening, my vehicle would slip on black ice, nearly sending me into the ditch! After a few terrifying moments of losing control and slithering from one side of the road to the other, my vehicle righted itself and I made it home OK. Luckily no other cars were on the road, otherwise it might well have been a different story. I am most grateful.