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Well our sudden winter here in Trondheim didn't last long. All of the snow was erased by a couple of weeks of above freezing temps. Then it got cold, with temps in getting down into the low minus teens Celsius (single digits F) on a lot of nights, and often sticking down there during the days because here in Dec the sun barely crawls up over the horizon and so doesn't deliver a lot of warming power. All of which means good potential for ice skating. I was away for the first icy weekend, and before the next weekend it snowed just a few cm over the ice -- not enough to stop us from skating but to cover up some of the beauty of the ice. So no "crystal garden" like we had two years ago, but we did get back out on Jonsvatnet a coupe times over the weekend, where we found some new ice and and still plenty of natural beauty to go around. So I added some new shots to the old Crystal Gardens gallery from two years ago, but here also are a few favorites.
Much as I like skiing in good snow on steep slopes, that flatworld of ice can be really beautiful and fascinating. I was actually hoping it wouldn't snow for another week but we got 15 cm on Monday, so that's probably it for the season. My buddy Christophe plans to go out kite skiing on the lake tomorrow, though. Now we're just waiting for a bit more snow to start skiing again.