It was a confusing day by the river last week. Despite the bright sun, I felt the cold biting at my inadequate gloves. Winter definitely came early this year.
And yet the South Saskatchewan River was covered with huge chunks of ice jostling in the quick current. Was some place upstream cashing in on global warming without us? The scene seemed so surreal I half expected to be staring at a polar bear.
Suddenly some ducks appeared – weaving in and out of huge chunks of ice and occasionally diving underneath as they swam against the stiff current.
Surely these ducks must have noticed the winter wonderland? Didn’t they have some place warmer to go … weeks ago?
In time the ducks wandered off in a southerly direction – I hope for their sakes they kept going. Still I have to admire their courage.
On a cold windy day, ask people from Saskatchewan about global warming and you’re likely to hear that it has been one of the big disappointments in their lifetime.