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“First Snowfall”

“First Snowfall”

“You wake up on a winter morning and pull up the shade, and what lay there the evening before is no longer there–the sodden gray yard, the dog droppings, the tire tracks in the frozen mud, the broken lawn chair you forgot to take in last fall. All this has disappeared overnight, and what you look out on is not the snow of Narnia but the snow of home, which is no less shimmering and white as it falls. The earth is covered with it, and it is falling still in silence so deep that you can hear its silence. It is snow to be shoveled, to make driving even worse than usual, snow to be joked about and cursed at, but unless the child in you is entirely dead, it is snow, too, that can make the heart beat faster when it catches you by surprise that way, before your defenses are up. It is snow that can awaken memories of things more wonderful than anything you ever knew or dreamed.”
― Frederick Buechner

We had our first ‘significant’ snowfall here in southern Ontario a few days ago. We’ve had several snowfalls so far but they have been light dustings, which quickly melt off. Our recent snowfall was about twenty centimeters, or eight inches for my American friends.

The just temperatures were close to the freezing mark making for a nice sticky snow which stuck to surfaces and created the “Winter Wonderland” look. Also perfect for the kids to make snowmen.

The other phenomenon created by the temperature variances through the day was the production of beautiful, clear icicles, then the snow slowly melted and froze again while flowing.

I tried to capture that effect in the photo above, highlighting the icicle and the tiny bubbles frozen inside, backlit by the afternoon sun.

Nikon D300
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200 mm
1/200sec, f/7.1, ISO 250

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“Reflections”

Bright Morning Walk on Mill Street, Stouffville

This year’s final post is a reflection on a winter past. As I noted throughout the fall, it has been a particularly mild year and we had no significant snow or cold weather till a few days ago, and even that was fairly insignificant.

Two years ago, we got hammered with an ice storm that buried us in a combination of wet snow and ice. This mixture quickly froze into solid ice and remained frozen for weeks. Power for hundreds of thousands was knocked out, mature trees toppled under the weight of the snow and ice, and our world was locked into the land of winter. Due to the extreme cold temperatures we experienced such things as ‘frost-quakes’ where the rapid cooling of ice caused the ground to boom as it contracted and the ice accumulations on the rooftops echoed with similar thuds which sounded like the roof was collapsing.

It was, a winter wonderland, and beautiful, for those who were not contending with power outages or downed trees. This image above was made looking down my street as a neighbour walks her dogs under a canopy of snow and ice.

Nikon D300
Nikor 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6, @155 mm
1/160 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200

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