All posts tagged: snow

I’d Rather Be… Here than There

March is a strange month. It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations – I’d rather be here where it is warm: Than there where it is cold: This week’s WordPress.com Photo Challenge is I’d Rather Be… Where would you rather be?

Frozen

It was very cold here in Alberta in late December 2017 and early January 2018. The overnight low temperatures were below -20C (-4F) for 7 days straight during the holiday season. The lowest temperature was -31C (-24F). January 2018 was briefly milder before sinking into another 4 day stretch of extreme cold. When it finally warmed up to a balmy -8C we packed the Jeep and made a dash to warmer climates for a while! As Alberta was plunged into extreme cold warnings on Boxing Day…  Alberta was about as cold as Mars’ Gale Crater, the home of the Curiosity rover. Mars is subject to pretty violent temperatures shifts, and Curiosity regularly encounters temperatures below -80 C. But this week, the highest temperature experienced by the rover were -23 C. A Calgary Boxing Day shopper, therefore, might have found themselves getting into a car that was literally colder than a Martian spacecraft. – Tristin Hopper, National Post, Dec 27, 2017 – We spent a lot of time indoors in December and January. Inconveniently, it snowed …

Mountain Ash Berries

The Mountain Ash tree is a member of the Sorbus genus. The fruit is not only safe for humans to eat, it is a favorite of many types of birds. Mountain ash berries hang on the tree well into the winter, making it a good source of cold-weather bird nutrition. In Celtic and Norse folklore, the Mountain Ash was called a Rowan or Witchwood tree because it was believed they had magical properties. If you have read the Harry Potter books, you might remember that Rowan Wood was prized for making wands. It is commonly stated that no dark witch or wizard ever owned a rowan wand, and I cannot recall a single instance where one of my own rowan wands has gone on to do evil in the world. – Mr. Ollivander, Harry Potter books – This site about Wand Woods was of particular interest to me because the Red House woods not only have a Mountain Ash tree, they have numerous other trees that are good for making wands: several apple trees, many …

Snow Scenes

A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water. ― Carl Reiner – There’s one good thing about snow, it makes your lawn look as nice as your neighbor’s. – Clyde Moore

Experimental – Snow Scenes

In this Experiment, I will coat the landscape with a heavy frost (duration: 2 days). Then, I will add a thick layer of snow (duration: 1 day). Next, I will illuminate the scene with approximately 32,000 (or maybe more) lumens per square meter of sunshine, and quickly photograph the results in sub-sub freezing temperatures. I will run the photos through a ‘filter machine’ called Topaz Studio. The experimental results are as follows: Experiment Conclusion: Filters are a great way to alter a photo and spend time indoors – out of the cold. Winter has arrived a bit early here in Alberta. It is warm and dry in Arizona. While I am glad I had the opportunity to experience this ice/snow storm, I’ll be glad to finally head south for a few months in the New Year… This week’s WordPress.com Photo Challenge is Experimental.

Temporary – Blog Posts, Laundry and Hair Cuts

It is my 8th Anniversary of Blogging. Is that long enough to say blogging isn’t a temporary pastime for me? My blog posts, on the other hand, are only of temporary interest to the blogging world! Other temporary things in my life: laundry – if I ever get ‘caught up’, it will only be for a few hours… hair cut – if it is perfect, it won’t be for long; same with fingernail length cuts, scrapes, bruises, a cold weather, seasons batteries ripe fruit, ice cubes in a drink, gum flavour shiny copper or silver, empty dishwasher new car smell, full tank of gas fresh-cut grass, perfect flowers family vacations, Christmas Spirit bubbles Fall leaves and the berries from the Mountain Ash Tree Snowflakes What things would you put on your list of temporary things? This week’s WordPress.com Photo Challenge is Temporary.

Windows – Watching a Fall Snow Storm

The first snow storm of the winter season, except it is supposed to be Fall… Oh, the weather outside is frightful! But furnace heat is delightful. With the roads closed we can’t go, Stop the wind, stop the cold, stop the snow! – Margy, with help from the Christmas Carol ‘Let it Snow’ – Here are some other Window posts I’ve done and a Gallery of Window Photos I’ve taken: Reflections in a Window Seeing Through Windows and Doors Paths – Water on a Window Cleaning Windows This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Windows (again). Has the weather been unseasonably anything in your part of the world in the past few months?

Shadows on the Snow – a Mystery Shape

I call them Crystal Days. When the morning sun falls on the right kind of new snow, each snow flake glitters like a crystal. This photo was taken on a Crystal Day, mid December, a few years ago.  The overnight snowfall had turned our yard into a series of snow mounds, each sparkling in the morning sun. The snow pattern in this photo was particularly interesting. What had been a grid, was now a geometric series of hills and valleys, with each hill casting a shadow into the valley. Nearby objects added splashes of shadow too. Here is a closer look at one of the valleys. Now you can see the sparkles of the snow crystals on the hill surface. Unfortunately, I can’t remember what was under the snow. Whatever it was, it had to have been a nearly horizontal surface. It was something in my yard and it was apparently familiar enough that I didn’t bother to take another photo that put this one into context. I didn’t even see the need to change …

Whatever Floats Your Boat – The Magic of Water

H2O – Water as Snowflakes Autumn in Alberta. Like any other season here in the Foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the weather can be unpredictable. The first snowfall of the season can be early, or it can be late, but it is rarely welcome for adults. It often causes a delay in harvesting. It invariably results in highway accidents – road conditions deteriorate before  winter driving skills kick in. Our first snowfall was a few days ago. A foggy, snowy photo is not a cheery sight, but suitably moody. H2O – Water as Ice A few days later the sun returned and the garden was transformed into a wonderland coated with ice. You can see these photos at Frozen Leaves Encased in Ice. H2O – Water as Water You could also wander over to my other blog and meet the incredibly cute Northern Cardinal that took a bath in my sprinkler: A Wet Northern Cardinal. So why new blogs? I could tell you it started, as these things do, with minor annoyances. Unaddressed, these became …

snow pink flower

Wishing for Weather – I Said Rain – not Snow!

Towards the end of our stay in Arizona, I saw a TV commercial that made me long for a rainy day. An off road vehicle was driving up a winding mountain road. A light rain was falling. I remembered how fresh the air could feel and how wonderful the forest could smell after a rain!  In contrast, Phoenix Arizona was dry desert heat that could possibly fry an egg on the hood of the neighbour’s car. A few days later, we were on our way back to Alberta. Our first stop was the Grand Canyon. We arrived late in the afternoon, and spent several hours walking along the rim taking pictures. Dark clouds to both the east and west hinted that a storm was brewing. My rainy day was very near! I woke the next morning (my birthday) to a steady drizzle. I marveled that The Car Guy was able to deliver such a great present on my birthday. As we drove back to the Grand Canyon, I got whiffs of fresh air and fragrant …

Spruce Needles Snow

Macro Photos – Vaguely Familiar Abstracts

Can you guess what these ‘abstract photos’ are – from the hints in the quotations below the photo? There was a rough stone age and a smooth stone age and a bronze age, and many years afterward a cut-glass age. In the cut-glass age, when young ladies had persuaded young men with long, curly mustaches to marry them, they sat down several months afterward and wrote thank-you notes for all sorts of cut-glass presents… – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Cut-Glass Bowl – …we live on the edge of the abstract all the time. Look at something solid in the known world: an automobile. Separate the fender, the hood, the roof, lie them on the garage floor, walk around them. Let go of the urge to reassemble the car or to pronounce fender, hood, roof. Look at them as curve, line, form. ― Natalie Goldberg, Living Color: Painting, Writing, and the Bones of Seeing – The pine stays green in winter… wisdom in hardship. – Norman Douglas – Deciding whether or not to trust a person …

Christmas Greetings – 2015

The Car Guy is in the kitchen making S’More Pinwheels; the snow is gently falling; NORAD is already tracking Santa’s progress; we have no place we have to be until tomorrow morning – Life is Good. I don’t mean to sound like a Grinch, but if we are going to be ‘entertained’ by Christmas Carols for almost a month, don’t you think they could play this one now and again? I want a hippopotamus for Christmas Only a hippopotamus will do No crocodiles or rhinoceroseses I only like hippopotamuseses And hippopotamuses like me too! – Written by John Rox, sung by Gayla Peevey in 1953- To the member of our family who got my name in the Christmas draw – you didn’t ask me for a Christmas Wish List. Did you finally get me a hippo? To my small group of faithful readers – and to the thousands of followers of this blog who might stumble onto this post by mistake – Have a very Merry Christmas! Post 525

Sunflowers Face a Snow Storm

The first snow of the season is more than mildly inconvenient. It is often accompanied by below freezing temperatures, and that brings an end to the growing season of the tender plants. After that, the weather generally goes back to normal, and we get weeks of beautiful fall weather. Still recovering from the beating they took from the hail, my intrepid sunflower plants have not even started to bloom. Last year, the sunflowers in my yard looked like this!

Canada’s Birthday – 145 Years Old

Happy Birthday, Canada! The Canada I know best has big mountains, and on a clear day I can see them from my back yard. (But not this big. I have to drive for about an hour to see them up close and personal.) My part of Canada has clear, fresh running water in uncountable lakes, streams and rivers.  (Except right now, which  is flood season here in Alberta. The water is pretty muddy, and we’re hoping the cabin doesn’t get flooded.) My Canada has  four distinct seasons.  This is my yard in the winter when everything is coated in a blanket of snow. Until I came to Canada I never knew ‘snow’ was a four letter word. -Alberto Manguel- I could go on and on, but instead, go to these two posts to find out more about Canada and Canadians: – 144 Years Old and Going Strong!  –  a glimpse into how our family celebrates Canada’s birthday. If you don’t know any Canadians, but would like to,  be sure to read my 52 Friends Plan. …

Winter of 2011-2012: Last Snow Day?

Oh the weather outside is frightful, But the fire is so delightful, And since we’ve no place to go, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Lyricist Sammy Cahn, composer Jule Styne – 1945 Calendar – May 4, 2012 – The Car Guy mowed the lawn for the first time this year. Calendar – May 5, 2012 – 4 inches of snow. Also on May 5, the Hibiscus bloomed. It is an indoor plant with brilliant red flowers. Green grass, Red flower, White snow – felt very Christmasy!

A Cold Alberta Morning – What Minus 20°C Looks Like

American: We get an awful lot of cold waves from Canada. Can’t we weatherstrip the border? – Author Unknown – In Canada, 0° C is the freezing point of water (and exposed skin). So what is -20° C like? If you live south of me, you may soon find out, because that is what the temperature is here this morning and when the wind picks up it will probably head your way!! (And that merits two exclamation marks.)  I, plucky Canadian that I am, braved the cold to take some pictures for you. Then I tracked down some quotations that will explain what winter means to me. The bird bath and the solar lights – they are all starting to list as the frost heaves them one way or another. A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water. – Carl Reiner – Everything was coated with frost this morning and that was the only reason I went outside to take pictures! Winter is the season in which …