This blanket of morning fog formed over the valley area of Lyons, and was captured by Gail Tonnesen on November 17th (after a week of unusually warm weather near 70; and it reaching 72 degrees the day before).
Here’s some interesting facts to add to your “table conversation:”
====Why do clouds settle on the mountains? — NCAR reports: Some clouds form when air encounters a mountain range or other types of terrain. When this happens, the air will rise and cool, and this cooler air is no longer able to hold all of the water vapor it was able to hold when it was warm.
=== Why does fog settle in the morning? — Study.com reports: Ground fog appears in the morning after the sun’s heat has been released from the ground into the humid air during the night. The release of long-wave radiation (earth-based heat) cools both the ground and the humid air, allowing water vapor to settle on the ground by sunrise.
It is unusual to capture a photo of the blue heron in November, but it is probably due to the unusually warm fall that we have experienced. According to the Audubon Society, northern populations east of Rockies are migratory, some going to Caribbean, Central America, or northern South America. They migrate by day or night. Some stay if there is an open water/lake source where they can capture food, but it is risky. They stand 4 feet tall, but only weigh about six pounds, thanks to their light, hollow bones (which is typical of birds).
No, not all birds fly away for the winter. It’s time to bring out those bird feeders for our backyard feathered friends. Bears are becoming a rare sight. The frigid Thanksgiving weekend probably encouraged the last of them to begin their hibernation. This blue heron was captured on camera by Crystal White on her walk around town.
The newly popular Pickleball game came to Lyons this year, and is continuing even into the colder months. On November 27, a couple of days after the 8 inch snowfall, they were back on the court. Promoter and play Robyn Sloan provided the photos, saying: “Here’s some fun pictures of the Lyons Pickleball crew today. A hardy bunch shoveled the courts yesterday so they would be dry today. The Town of Lyons reserves 10 hours a week for the group if they will take walk-on players and teach new people. Our winter hours at Bohn Park are M-W-F 9-11 am, T-Th 10 am-12 pm. Mystie Brackett is the group coordinator, who works with the Town Recreation Department on this. It was 25 degrees when play started, and we cracked 4 balls due to the cold.”
Wild turkeys did not care that it was Thanksgiving week, and they came out to enjoy the fall weather. The males are joining the female packs, now that mating season is over. This gathering (rafter) was located in Rita Gachne’s back yard — at the dead end of Park Street, on the North St Vrain River (Lyons). Rita, said: “This is the most I’ve ever seen in my backyard at one time! Was a pleasant surprise!”