The opposite bank of our river could hardly be seen today. We have been having a mini thaw, typical of January. The cold is sure to come back soon; in the meantime, the ice and considerable piles of snow are melting and dripping, rain has been falling, and the humidity in the air at temperatures that suddenly soared above zero (Ottawa airport recorded a record +7º yesterday) has condensed into fog. Along the banks of the Rideau the river ice has started to melt from above and water drops are poised to fall from the twigs of the bushes. All this makes for mysterious views on the river banks and when I came home after a walk I immediately went out again with my camera to try to capture some of them.