Monday, February 23, 2009


Funny how we get used to winter driving conditions. We have white-outs and black ice, challenges that would have caused stress in November, but which in late February are all just part and parcel of a daily drive to work.

Friday, February 20, 2009

The 6 Challenge

In response to an online challenge in Ronna's blog, where we were asked to select the 6th photo in our 6th file, I came across this shot of a determined little bird that did not let a strong Arctic breeze deter it from getting a much-needed snack.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Every day on my way to work, I drive past a pond, which although it is located a few feet from the Trans Canada Highway, is actually the epitome of natural tranquility. In summer, the surface of the pool, which is surrounded by trees, is mirror-like, and in winter, the snow-covered surface leaves tell-tale traces of clandestine visitors. On a daily basis, I see an array of prints on the snow. I wonder what animals use the pond as a bridge, but have not yet seen any of the shy forest creatures -- until this week.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Icy medium

Who knew that ice could be just such a versatile medium?

The sculptors demonstrating their talents at Winterlude obviously did.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Staged in the shadow of Parliament Hill, the annual Winterlude festival in Ottawa features attractions such as acrobats who rise above the crowd, and some cool personages.

Which is a lot like the spectacles you can catch every day in the House of Commons.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Midwinter motif

Apparently, according to that scientific climate gauge -- the groundhog -- we have about six weeks of winter to go, before we are complaining about flooding.
The humidity in the air gives early mornings a dreamlike background, which make the next six weeks a little more bearable.