This morning it was minus 17 degrees in the town of Fairbanks, and 10 degrees above zero at my office, just outside of town, up in the hills. That’s 27 degrees warmer, quite a difference. Do I live in Fairbanks? Sort of…. While winter is in full gear here in the interior, my mind occassionally drifts back to summer, or thoughts of the snow melting and the return to a colorful landscape. I’m not ready yet however, as great cross country skiing, and the beautiful skies of the winter season are rich. I paused at this shot when reviewing a folder of images that I took in Denali National Park last year. For those who are aching for a little color on the landscape, here is a reminder of that season that will come all too soon. Or not too soon for some. I blended two images because I wanted both swans in the scene and their distance apart was too great for one vertical image at this focal length. So I panned an additional shot to the left and blended them in PS.