The great Canadian preoccupation

The great Canadian preoccupation is, of course, the weather. Overnight Friday / Saturday, we got dumped on: about seven inches of snow, by the looks of it. This is the third or fourth major storm here so far this winter.

snowscape 1

Photos can’t really capture the effect of a landscape, of course. But if you click on this one twice, to blow it up to its full size, you can get just an inkling of the scene’s visual impact.

snowscape 2
snowscape 3
snowscape 4

I know there’s a lot to be said for year-round sun and warmth. But you have to admit, snow-laden trees make for gorgeous landscapes.

snowscape 5

This isn’t a good photo, but it shows something interesting. The snow was wet and “packy”. As a result, this tree is supporting a startling amount of snow — the snow is much wider than the branches.

snowscape 6

This last one’s for Jack. Jack, I challenge you to a one-on-one game of basketball — under Canadian conditions.

snow basketball


copyright © 2006, Stephen


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carolyn
    Jan 22, 2006 @ 18:27:00

    The snow looks beautiful. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a winter snow like that. I haven’t even busted out my winter coat yet!


  2. Lynne
    Jan 22, 2006 @ 21:28:00



  3. Mrs.Aginoth
    Jan 23, 2006 @ 02:57:00

    Oooh pretty, but, brrrrr cold!

    I think it would be nice for a short while, but a whole winter?

    Alothough sunny & warm gets boring after a while too. I’m used to British weather – changeable, but wet:-)


  4. Q
    Jan 23, 2006 @ 08:36:00

    • Mrs. Aginoth:
    Winter lasts five or six months here. Our summers are glorious — much hotter than England — but you’ll get no argument from me, the winters are too damned long.

    • Carolyn:
    You haven’t busted out your winter coat yet? That’s a cruel thought!

    • Lynne:
    Glad you enjoyed the pics.


  5. Jack's Shack
    Jan 23, 2006 @ 14:05:00


    I am game if you are. I have played in subzero weather before, as well as a midSummer game in Phoenix at a paltry 112 F, also known as 44 C. 🙂

    Thankfully the weather here today is a more temperate 71.


  6. Sadie Lou
    Jan 23, 2006 @ 23:39:00

    Those pictures are beautiful! I clicked on that winter wonderland scene with the snow falling and the city street–gorgeous.


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