Sunday, February 1, 2015, Seoul, Korea. It was 3 or 4 degrees C (about 35 degrees F) outside but the sun was shining and it felt good – “bracing,” describes what the weather was like, what with a steady but gentle breeze. I stayed outside about four hours today and was comfortable the whole time. Of course, I wore a jacket and insulated underwear, but most of the time I didn’t wear a hat or put on my gloves.
It was around 3PM when I took these pictures at the botanical gardens that are about five kilometers from when I live. Here it is, right in the middle of winter, yet it’s not really winter, or it doesn’t seem like it is. The sun is coming up earlier in the morning than it did a month ago, and there’s good light at 6PM. If you look closely at the ground and in the trees, you see all kinds of green shoots and buds that let you know that the Earth is getting itself ready for spring.