Friday was a sunny and mild-for-January day; the temperature was in the mid-20’s. There were enough clouds to make good landscape photographs possible*.
Thus, after lunch, Joan and I made the twenty minute drive to the Forest Society‘s High Five Reservation** in Deering. Making the short climb from the road to the top of the hill , we were rewarded with the usual spectacular views of the Contoocook valley. We headed back to the car by meandering through the essentially snow-less woods instead of taking the road directly back.
Saturday afternoon found us out for another hike on Gregg Lake. The thaw and rain early last week melted most of the snow on the lake which, upon refreezing resulted in a relatively smooth and hard ice surface. There were many spots where the ice contained countless small bubbles. The patterns in and on the ices were fascinating. We were left wondering and postulating how the various defects in the ice came to be.
Looking Northwest from Sky Farm #2 (a three frame panorama)
**Located on Sky Farm Road, we seem to eschew the official name and call this wonderful spot “Sky Farm”.