Sunday, March 19, 2017

Snow then Sun

After the Blizzard

Close to 40 cm (close to 15") of snow accompanied by high winds fell on our city on Tuesday into Wednesday. Snow crews are still dealing with streets and sidewalks and some people have yet to shovel out their cars.

Snowy Branches

Along with some chaos comes beauty - the pristine white, the snow decorated branches and the beauty of people helping each other with shovelling, with pushing cars and with the understanding that a city moves differently when hit by a sudden intense blizzard. We get through it and come out smiling at the other end.

Splendid Day

The temperature has warmed and the snow is melting but there was still plenty for snowshoeing up in Summit Woods. Spectacular blue skies, the sound of birds calling, woodpeckers pounding, dogs frolicking - all combined to make for a spectacular day.

Snowshoeing

While I have modern aluminum snowshoes, my spouse favours a more traditional pair.

From Sommet Woods to the River

A little escape in the woods - looking down on part of the city and the river beyond. We are very lucky to have these enclaves where nature still rules parts of our city.

Monday, March 13, 2017

A Frosty Weekend

Before it Melts

A bitterly cold weekend with temperatures around -16 C accompanied by wind. It was a weekend to spend indoors. Each morning I was greeted by the newly painted designs on our balcony door.

Enjoy the art exhibit!

Morning Frost

Frost Paintings

Frost

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Drips and Drops

Berries and Drips

Photos: March 1, 2017

These drops from just a few days ago with temperatures well above freezing do not tell today's story with temperatures well below freezing. It's back to wearing a few layers to fend off the cold.

A World in a Drop

I love the way the drips hold an upside down world of their surroundings.... skinny branches and a tiny building.

Reflections in a Drop

Our yoyo temperatures will bring back spring-like weather in a few days. For now, I will keep my fingers in my gloves and stick to indoor photos.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

This and That

After the Snowfall

We had a good snowfall last Monday bringing joy to all those who love the snow. For a few days the city looked clean.

Between my cameras being in for repairs and the slog of daily blogging last year, I am taking much longer pauses between blog entries. The good news - one of my cameras was repaired under warranty and I will be picking it up this week.

Coffee and Hot Milk

By Thursday the temperature was close to freezing with even warmer temperatures predicted. This resulted in great puddles. Crossing streets was a particularly challenging activity as people picked their routes around the water hazards. It was lovely to be out. It's funny how in November when the temperature goes down to the freezing mark we all feel cold but by February when it goes up to the same temperature it feels warm. For the first time I walked hatless for a while. Delightful to have lunch and coffee at a new vegetarian restaurant, LOV.

Cubist Phone Booth

You never know what you will see when you walk. Winter can be hard on more than people. This phone booth reminded me of a cubist painting - probably the result of an altercation with a snowplow.


Church and Commerce

Is this an allegory? The church cast in shadow while the commercial building is bathed in sunlight? Christ Church Cathedral is the cathedral of the Anglican diocese of Montreal. Some years ago I wrote about how the church improved its finances by allowing a shopping mall to be built under it. So maybe the juxtaposition here of church and commerce is appropriate.

just my wanderings...

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Old Montreal at Night

Vieux-Montréal

It's always nice to wander around Old Montreal at night - even in the cold with icy sidewalks. Buildings are carefully lit to show off their architectural details.


Vieux-Montréal

You can barely see the spires of Notre-Dame Church. While the lights cast a warm glow, you could here the crunch of the brittle ice laced snow under my feet.

Vieux-Montréal

Columns give a feel of solidity to a number of buildings in the area. They were built to feel imposing, to make a statement about the seriousness of what took place inside: banks, court houses, city hall.

Vieux-Montréal

City Hall is decked out to celebrate 375 years since the founding of the city. It seems to me an odd number to celebrate but there are many projects and festivities planned.

Vieux-Montréal

Bonsecours Market shows off its winter lighting. The restaurant we had hoped to eat at there,  before a concert, was unexpectedly closed. We found another across the street and then strolled the short way to hear Barthold Kuijken and Mika Putterman playing baroque and classical flutes. What a wonderful concert!!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Orchids Orchids Orchids

Small Orchids

I have a number of orchids. I have posted photographs a number of times. But at the moment I have seven blooming and an eighth has put out a shoot. I think this is a record for me! The one pictured above is blooming for the first time in over three years. It came to me when my very dear cousin passed away at 95. I put the orchids that are not flowering on tables near the windows. I water them and eventually they reward me with a surprise.

White Orchid

On grey days my indoor garden is a great antidote to the dreariness outside.

Splotchy Orchids

Orchids teach mindfulness. Their intricacy demands taking time to examine, to be in the moment, to enjoy and wonder at their form and beauty.

Pale Orchid

From the patterns on their leaves, to the central parts involved in pollination the details are intricate.

Orchid with Many Veins

I'll let the rest of my collection speak for itself.

Dark-Veined Orchid

Stop a while and enjoy.

More Orchids

Friday, January 27, 2017

Stillness

Snow and Mist

There is a stillness that happens when snow falls. Sound is muffled. I found myself driving slowly to take in the beauty. I wished I could stop more as each tree seemed to be more photogenic than the last, but there was nowhere to pull over.

Grey Day

All has turned to shades of grey - a monotone palette. So many grey days in a row.

Holding the Snow in Their Arms

For now the grime of a city is covered up with the clean new-fallen snow. The trees seem to embrace their winter whites.