Dipper flying above the River Spey, with snowy reflections

I was lucky to have the camera out and ready when this dipper flew past!  Only solid ice will prevent them from dipping under in search of food.

Its been a stormy few days with rain, snow, wind, and rain again – in fairly equal quantities.  Oh, and a welcome few minutes of sunshine today.  Its been a much milder winter for us so far, compared to the last few years, mostly well above freezing and with very little low ground snow.  In fact, there’s been very little snow on the mountains either.  I’d appreciate a decent amount of snow – it really brightens up the place at this time of year!

There have also been some stormy conditions from the sun with a ‘coronal mass ejection’ on saturday heading our way over the weekend.  If skies had been clear, then it might have been good conditions for Northern Lights… I hope we do see some this winter.  Canada was in time to catch some Northern Lights this morning/last night.

‘Northern Lights’ must have sent my brain off on a trail leading to ‘Northern Exposure‘… The quirkiness and off-beat humour of the series really appealed to me when it was broadcast on TV here in the UK in the early 90s, and its really stayed in my mind.  We shouldn’t have to remind ourselves not to take life so seriously – some of us need lots of reminders…

“The purpose of evolution is to raise us out of the mud, not have us grovelling in it.”

– Chris Stevens in ‘Northern Exposure

Bernard Stevens: Excuse me.
Dr. Joel Fleischman: Yeah.
Bernard Stevens: Where am I?
Dr. Joel Fleischman: You know, Ive been asking myself that same question since I got here. I finally figured out we are somewhere between the end of the line and the middle of nowhere.
Bernard Stevens: Oh. Where is that on the map?”

– Northern Exposure

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