It's the great, big, broad land 'way up yonder,
It's the forests where silence has lease;
It's the beauty that thrills me with wonder,
It's the stillness that fills me with peace.
By Robert Service, from "The Spell of the Yukon."
In northern climes, the tranquil moments before sunrise and following sunset present a visual delight that warms the hearts and stimulates the creative minds of those who witness it, those who pause to marvel. It is called the blue light of winter and it results from diffracted rays of sunlight filtering through crystal laden clouds which sheds a pale blue aura over the higher latitudes. Long the focus of poets, artists and photographers the blue light of winter, once imprinted upon the human mind, remains there as a fond and lasting memory to be savored.
More a sensual immersion than a definable color, the blue light of winter casts a soothing azure tint over mountains, forests, valleys, rivers and souls. Visual, yes, but tactile too, in that one can virtually touch the blue as it engulfs the surrounding landscape. Stillness and silence are audible, while heightened awareness inspires wonder, reflection, devotion, warmth and romance.
During morning chores, a Montana rancher pauses and looks out upon the blue hue shrouding his herd of horses as their flared nostrils trail filaments of vapor into the crisp winter air, and he shares a moment with God. In the quiet gloaming of the evening a romantic couple toasts a wonderful day with champagne before dining on an exquisitely prepared meal, a crackling fire providing warmth and closure, and a romance is forged in winter's blue light. Accommodatingly, each short winter day provides two opportunities, morning and evening, to relish blue light moments, and the pining romantic needs only span the short interval with winter fun and introspection.
Triple Creek Ranch is the place for all to experience the blue light of winter. We cherish it and so will our wonderful guests.