|This is snow that has been rained on, smushed down, and then frozen hard.|
I thought the purplish colour I'd seen in previous photos would have been an aberration of my lens, so I looked more carefully at the blue shadows. And yes, they looked purple in the afternoon light, at 5:14 PM, half an hour or so before sundown.
|Snow with pine needles. The snow is crunchy on top, soft underneath. 3:25 PM.|
|Lumps and shadows. 5:00 PM. Baikie Island.|
Sunset now is at 5:42 PM.