Snow events

looking through patio door to fallen trees

Monday Feb 24, noon:

This is the current view from our dining room patio doors. I just watched these trees crashing down from the neighbouring lot—more exciting dining entertainment than I usually get at lunchtime. I guess the fence repairs this year will be more significant than usual.

I’m so very glad they didn’t come down 30 degrees to the right, or I would be wearing the skylight.

And it’s still snowing. Hard.


Tuesday February 25th, late afternoon

So.. what has been happening in our neck of the woods?

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Floopy snow

drops from melting snow catching light

It’s snowing again. I was inside working today instead of outside taking pictures, so I’m posting pictures from the Previous Snow. It was a floopy snow; big soft lolloping lumps on everything.

snow on pine needles

Floopy and dangly at times.

snow hanging from pine needles

And kinda cuddly, in a chilly sort of way.

snow on moss on rock

snow on split rail fence

Snow on leaves

light between snow-covered salal leaves

More pix from the snow. It was lovely and light and fluffy and sat on all the salal in a kind of friendly, lumpy way.

snow on blackberry leaf
There are blackberries coming up through the salal. Sigh. Oh well, they’re pretty when they’re not actively stabbing me and colonizing the whole yard.
snow on salal
More salal. It’s pretty too.
snow on red heather
Okay, it wasn’t all snow on leaves. Some on flowers.
snow on strawberry plant
Hang in there, little strawberry plant!

I’m not finished with snow yet

snow on bushes reflected in slough
Snow looks good in sun…

All the snow is long gone, but that doesn’t mean the photos of it are.

rising sun through trees
And sun looks good in snow.
snow on post
It’s not like we got a LOT of snow. But it’s aesthetic in its deposits.
cherry tree in snow reflected in pond
Look, cherry blossoms! …or not.


After the snow

snow covered yard and pond
Very, very pretty!

So this is what our yard looked like early this morning. The air was much warmer than it’s been and the snow that fell was soft and wetter. Interestingly, the warmth seemed to give everything a browner cast—it’s not just the way the camera shot it. Perhaps it was the effect of melting snow on the pond ice.

snow hanging from underside of branches
Isn’t snow supposed to sit on TOP of branches?

Lots of things to take pictures of, in any case.

patterns of fencing against snow
Snow plus badly strung garden fencing—a silver lining! interesting patterns!
prayer flags hung on garden netting
The prayer flags around the garden have gained back some colour by comparison.


Before the snow

looking down at feet on very narrow snow-covered trail between salal
Feets, don’t fail me now.

Yes, I know, that’s snow on the ground. But it’s last week’s snow, still hanging about and getting a bit grubby. I just threw all my snow pictures promiscuously together, whaddaya gonna do about it?

Anyway. The broken foot has meant I haven’t been doing much any walking to speak of for the last couple of months, but I’m trying to get going again. I have to walk slowly and take shorter strides and constantly remind myself to PAY ATTENTION in order to avoid limping*, but I am beginning to gain back strength and flexibility and what could in the most clinical medical terms be described as oomph in my foot. (I can actually walk down stairs with both feet now, sometimes without hanging on to the rail—a triumph!)

I decided that trail walking is probably actually very good for the foot, as it forces all those little muscles to compensate for irregularities in the ground, so I’m trying to get out and do more of that. Hence these pictures from yesterday’s walk, which wandered along one of my favourite trails (one of the narrow ones) and lasted almost an hour. I didn’t cover a LOT of territory, but hey, it was quality.

blurred dog on narrow trail
Fun! Fun! There’s snow! Fun!

Our Dog certainly thought so. He was delighted by the snow and as you can see it was hard to get him to hold still for a picture.

Well, maybe one.

handsome golden retriever on trail
What a perfect day for a walk!

* Who am I fooling? I limp.

Snow in the forecast

slough, ice, just a hint of sun on treetops
Yow! Chilly!

Snow is in the forecast for tonight, and then freezing rain, well, actually the forecasters are being a little vague. There’s precipitation coming into a cold front that’s been sitting over us, and then almost immediately it’s going to warm up, and who knows what will happen? seems to be the refrain.

I don’t have to drive anywhere tomorrow, so if it snows I’ll happily take pictures. But meanwhile, snow from a few days ago. These pictures of the slough on our property were taken early, before the sun had cleared the trees.

ice on slough, snowy reflections, golden reflection of treetops
A little more of that warm golden glow…
sky and cloud reflections in slough, snow on bushes
I love the colours of snow and cold sky.


Ice cage

bulrushes in ice

We’ve had a strange winter. There’s been very little precipitation (which is worriesome) and not much cold weather, by cold meaning below freezing. Winter has gone elsewhere this year, as the eastern side of North America knows very well.

But it has frozen occasionally, and this cage of old bulrushes set in ice comes from one of those occasions.

Cold light

tree reflecting in ice on slough

I’m behind in my intentions—this is the first post of 2014. Oh well. Taken a few weeks ago when it was colder and there was white stuff around. A good photo to start the year with, as it’s basically all about light.

Christmas lights

out of focus sunlit droplets

Actually, dewdrops on the wee Japanese maple, catching the sunlight. But appropriately seasonal lights nonetheless.

And here’s wishing the light and love of the season to you and yours.

droplet on twig 1
Like a light on a string
droplet on pine needles
Okay, this one wasn’t on the maple… but it’s still part of the lights round our yard.
droplet on twig 2
Better than a LED.
droplet on twig 3
Stars… or moon?

Moonsnail closeup

extreme closeup of tip of moonsnail shell

This shell sits on a hunk of sandstone by an ornamental gate in the middle of our yard which has no purpose in life other than to support wisteria and look pretty. It’s been decorative in this location for about five years now; it keeps disappearing into the ivy climbing over the rock and then I hack the ivy back and it reappears. Over time it’s picking up an interesting algae-green tint in places.

Crumply ice

crumply ice on sandstone

More pictures from the batch I took some days ago—it’s looking like that may be the last (and only) ice that I see this year.

more crumply ice on sandstone

Uh, oh.

rhododendron buds

Okay, rhodos bloom early, but not this early. This is January. In Canada. A warm part of Canada, granted, but still.

Sheesh. This winter has totally sucked as far as being winter goes.

First whine of the year.

view with light patch in clouds
Yeah, this is sunshine. Right.

(Written early in the morning, posted later.)

This Christmas break gave me a little over two weeks at home and a fair amount of spare time. This is a big thing for me, as my schedule is such that most of the time I only get two or three days home a week, and they’re still working days.

When I’m at home for an extended period I bring the car home, which is also a big thing, as it normally resides in the Big City where I work the rest of the time. Mostly at home we must get around on foot or via an electric scooter. When the car is home we can go a lot more places, and take the dog (a scooter obviously being unable to transport two large people and a golden retriever).

Having gotten a new camera a month or so ago, I’d been looking forward to having two weeks to explore its functionality. Two weeks of being able to go to places not available without a car. Two weeks to taken pictures of winter sun, and frost, and ice on puddles.

So what did I get?

Rain. Grey, damp, cloudy, dark days. One day of slushy snow that was neither particularly pretty nor pleasant to walk in (the walking was more like wading). Mud. Mud around us, mud on us, mud on Our Dog. If there’s been sun there’s been so little that I can’t remember it.

And day after day, the forecast cheerily said, “sun tomorrow!” or “sun the day after tomorrow!”

But the photo at the top, taken yesterday (yes, sun had been predicted yet again) is about as good as we ever got.

The constant greyness has been incredibly depressing from a creative standpoint. I found that there are only so many dull, grey pictures of water dripping from things, shot in inadequate light, that I wanted to take. Eventually I pretty much stopped taking pictures at all—I would take the camera on walks, but hardly ever saw anything that seemed worth photographing. I’m not normally subject to SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), but this winter seems different—are our winters always this GREY?

And then I got up this morning, and guess what? Perfectly clear, sunny, and cold. Frost on the foliage, and no doubt ice on puddles as well.

ferry lineup
The ferry lineup

And I’m in a car on a ferry heading back to the Big City. From the last time off I’ll have till next Christmas.

I am so pissed.

Okay, that’s off my chest. Now here’s a pretty picture to make up for it. If I can’t take pictures of frost on leaves at least I can take a picture of sunlight through a grating.

sunshine through a grating

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