Not far from the location of yesterday’s post is this little valley, sheltered from the wind.
Conditions here are much more hospitable for resting the winter away.
The area near Barrie gets some fantastic snow when the northwest wind blows across Georgian Bay. The farm fields can be quite inhospitable to living things that stick up above the windblown surface. It’s also darn cold when the wind blows.
But there is a certain perverse beauty to the cold snow and minimalist landscape. Everything is dormant until next spring.
The land is resting.
A small grove of birches beside Peninsula Road.
But it was three days ago.
Bleached grasses on the shore of frozen One Mile Bay.
We are blessed to have Laurentian Ski Hill in the middle of our town. The City Bus will take you there.
And when the Snow Gods are a bit tardy, as they are this year, we are equipped with the ability to fashion a sliding surface from artificial snow.
Opening for Christmas Holidays is very important for the financial health of the hill and it was opened on Dec 23 with good conditions on part of it.
Cold temperatures and some help from Mother Nature will make it possible to get the remainder of the runs open soon.
In the meantime we should all pray for snow!
One Mile Bay is frozen over…
…but it doesn’t look like we’ll have a White Christmas.
Oh well, it’s cold outside.
Christmas ornaments outdoors:
Two Sleeps to HO HO!!
Three days to Christmas. It’s time for some seasonal colour.
Poinsettias are a popular plant at this time of year for good reason.
Today is the shortest day of the year, or if you wish, the longest night.
Tomorrow we begin climbing back up the year into light.
Curves are everpresent in nature.
These reeds growing this past fall near my place have some of the most gentle and elegant curves to be seen
King’s Landing is an interesting place to make photographs of Lake Nipissing.
The moods of the Lake and clouds are emphasized by black and white. Colour reduces the impact somewhat.
A little Christmas touch at a mailbox near our place.
Neat and elegant and understated.
Who’s next in the Barber Chair?
Rather stark surroundings.
When it’s warm all the time construction requirements differ markedly from my part of the world.
This is a section of an intererior wall of this house.
Note the lack of insulation.
Of course, ventillation is always good!