I have had a fascination with the blue skies in this place ever since I first came here. Today is one of those big sky days - I find you can never quite catch the colour in a picture, but this one is not too bad.
It seems the colour is just meant to go with oak bark and Manitoba limestone. The only sample of that around my place is the foundation of the house, and I was not about to lie in the snow to figure out an angle that shows it all. This is probably more than I of all people should say about esthetics anyway. :-)
Happy New Year to you all!