Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Winter

“Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen.”
- Willa Cather (1873 - 1947), My Antonia -

Saturday we spent the day outdoors taking photos and getting some much needed air. Below are some of the images I snapped as we braved the cold.

This is winter around here...

This is the Gananoque River where I photograph the swans. It is completely frozen.

Between me and that house is a body of water that is frozen and covered in snow.

Winter is much too long in many places in Canada, especially when it’s a tough one, and eventually you grow tired of it all; the snow, the cold, the shorter days...

This is the time of year that I'm happy I'm a cat person.

Beneath all this snow is water.

There’s only so much time you can spend outdoors in the winter before the cold catches up with you. A lot of time is inevitably spent indoors, which can be quite frustrating.

One of my favourite abandoned areas in Gananoque, Ontario.

The snow looks much prettier in the country.

It can be a very pretty season, but how long can you go ‘ooh’ and ‘ahhh’ over the monotony of snow? Winter lacks colours that the other seasons offer like green and pink and orange and purple...

Lake Ontario is frozen and covered with snow.

Another view of Lake Ontario frozen.

With its abundance of snowy and cold days, winter has been particularly harsh this year. Spring will not come too soon for me. Bring it on!

People are walking their dog on frozen Lake Ontario.

The lake looks like a snow desert.

You've overstayed your welcome, winter. And you haven't been a very good guest. It's time to move on...

The bridge we cross often in Lake Ontario park.

Sunset in Lake Ontario Park.


Have a nice Wednesday, everyone!

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36 comments:

  1. This time of year you can see why the pagans treated evergreens like holly and mistletoe as sacred decoration. Some spring-hued green to break up the monochrome.

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    1. Oh, you bet. This is the time of year when you need some colour!

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  2. Winter can bugger off any time, as far as I'm concerned.

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  3. oh..... m'god, Martha... no no NO no no ... a thousand times no. beautiful but as you said... enough! your favorite abandoned building? ha?

    Your house is a palace! love that color yellow ~ how beautiful ~ all your photographs are even though it's mighty cold. and yeah... I see neighbors out walking their dogs rain, sleet or snow and I'm moaning about old Diggity's missing his box... BUT at least I'm warm!

    good morning ;)

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    1. Oh no no no...that is not my house, Carolyn! Just one that I like to photograph in this town; a town that is about 20 minutes drive from our city. I don't know who lives in that home, but I hope they can hire someone to clean it. Much too big!

      Winter is long and hard here, and you wouldn't like it! Stay south, dear friend! LOL...

      And a good morning to you, as well!

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  4. Allo Martha, Great pics! I'm no psychologist but it sound like you had enough of winter already :))

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    1. Oh, you are so smart, Richard! How did you ever come to that conclusion? :)

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  5. Winter, oh winter what are you doing to us?
    Making us cuddle without any fuss
    yet whites are so are so bleak
    every day and week
    that a glimpse of the sun
    brings out all the fun
    but is dashed away oh so fast
    when you feel that icy blast.

    Enough I say!

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    1. That is a great way to describe winter!

      Yes, enough!!

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  6. Martha, you make winter look so beautiful. These are lovely.
    It must be strange to see such a large body of water freeze over.......I can't imagine that happening around here with the Atlantic.

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    1. It is very surreal, Jim. I've never seen such a large body of water frozen like that. It is quite spectacular.

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  7. Martha your photos are really beautiful and I do love the snow! When the temperatures are at least in the 20's it's not so bad to be out. We finally have temps over freezing so some of this stuff is melting and when I was out with the kitties yesterday, the sun was shining and the birds were singing. If I closed my eyes I almost could feel spring right around the corner!!

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    1. There are some winter days that are simply beautiful, and I enjoy being outside. But there are also many days when it's just too cold to spend a significant amount of time outdoors without risking frostbite! This winter has been quite harsh, and more time has been spent in the house. Bleh... Spring is coming soon! Can't wait.

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  8. I very much want to live in a yellow house with white boarders, or whatever those are called.

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  9. beautiful photos, in the summer they will seem like a distant memory!

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    1. They certainly will. And then I'll be taking summer photos of this area!

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  10. Yes, it's true, it has overstayed it's welcome. I have been hearing the song birds singing their spring songs and they are getting the bright colors back for show off and family season, and I can't wait. There's only so many snow photos you can take and so many times of huffing it through all of it and shoveling... yeah... winter, go back to the north pole. We're to have freezing rain here in the morning so tomorrow ought to be fun. But warmer weather for the day and much of the snow is supposed to melt. We'll see how that works out. Beautiful photos... even if they are of snow. ;-) I like the ones at sunset especially. Hope you are well. Blessings, Bird

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    1. You know spring is coming when those birds are putting on their bright feathers! It won't come soon enough for me. This winter has been particularly difficult, and many of us are beaten down by now. We'll appreciate spring that much more this year!

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  11. Holy Moley! That IS a lot of snow. Your photos are all beautiful, but i can see why you want it to go away. It's just too dang much.

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    1. It is too dang much! It's been coming down all winter, and we're a little tired of that.

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  12. walking on a frozen lake is something I'll never do.

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  13. I LOVE the bridge scenes. Wow. And your winter pictures are getting more and more beautiful!!

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    1. Thanks, Keith! But it's time for this type of beauty to move along!

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  14. I get tired of the snow after about 20 minutes. It is a good thing I don't live in Ontario.

    Spring is in less than a month. Maybe it will be an early one.

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    1. I do hope it's an early one. Can't wait to see some greenery!

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  15. I for one, have got soft and don't go out as much as I should because I don't go out in harsher weather. In other words , I'm a wimp.

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    1. Well, you're certainly not alone, Red. I'm a wimp, too! Hahaha..

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  16. Oh my.
    Winter had hit you hard.
    Pretty winter scenery but I hope spring comes soon for you.
    It was 60 degrees here today but we are getting snow now, we have had very little so far this winter and I don't mind ....LOL

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    1. If you need more snow, Margie, I'd be happy to send you some of ours. We have plenty to spare! :)

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  17. Woah... that is most definitely a proper winter. Exciting at first, then beautiful to look at, but boring after less than a week. Spring will arrive - let's hope it is very soon.

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    1. Yes, one week is more than enough of this kind of weather! Looking forward to spring rolling in!

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  18. Gorgeous photos, Martha ~ especially # 8 ~ The light is magical!

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    1. Couldn't have done it without Mother Nature. She creates all these beautiful scenes!

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