Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Snowstorm: Victoria BC, Feb 23rd, 6:00 a.m.

This is the snowfall from 4:20 a.m. to 6:15 a.m.(It was raining at 4:20 a.m., snow falling 4:25 a.m.)
Linda is sad about the flowers just emerged.

By the time I got downstairs, the walkway was not suitable for wheelchairs, limiting me. The sky and clouds were blue/purple with yellow spots of light dotting the street and coming through trees as I could see fat snowflakes whirling around and down.
A blogging thanks to Linda, who ventured out in Moccasins of deer skin and rabbit fur we got in Churchhill, MB, on Hudson's Bay in the arctic and got the shots I asked.

A cyclist rides on, disappearing into the fog, as they go up the steep hill towards town.
The sidewalks are untouched, and the snow drifts down over cars and trees. Twice, the weight of snow on an upper tree branch showered Linda with a silent snow deluge.

Though the sun is up, there is no light as yet, only a odd reflection of blue on the underside of the clouds, and the fat flakes, indicating it is just below freezing. I don't know if midday will leave us with a mucky mess, but now, it is both pretty and means delays.
I provide 'moral support' and most importantly, make sure the door is open when Linda returns.


Kate J said...

What lovely pictures, Beth! I know that snow can be a real drag, and I'm sure it would make getting about in a wheelchair pretty well impossible, but it is beautiful... and Linda's pictures really capture that!
Here I can see signs of spring, with the snowdrops everywhere and the daffodils starting to come out - we'll have them for St David's Day next week. I know you spent time in Wales, and have some good memories of our country, I'm sure, so I'll try and get a good picture of some daffodils to send you.
Love & peace

rachelcreative said...

Deep and crisp and even. Beautiful :)

Shame it messes up the flow of everyday life but it's so pretty.

tornwordo said...

Beautiful pictures, I'm always so irritated by the snow, I don't appreciate it's prettiness.

Kathz said...

Gorgeous pictures and so beautiful. I thought I was fed up with snow because of all the problems it caused me around Christmas until I saw Linda's pictures and read your commentary. Thanks for posting.

e said...

Wow...I wonder if someone will ever develop snow tyres for wheelchairs...

Linda McClung said...


Thanks for waking me up to see the winter wonderland. I always like how quiet it is when the snow is falling and the ground is covered. It muffles all the city noise.

The snowflakes were massive - so pretty. Not so much fun was the snow the tree branches dumped on me. It happened again to me this afternoon when I went out to get groceries. Driving in it reminded me of winter on the prairies - scraping the vehicles, approaching intersections slowly, wlking through slushy parking lots.

Right now the snow is sticky and heavy - perfect for snowmen!

You did a great job describing the magic and with cropping the photos. I really appreciated the moral support - and the open door. Thanks.

Beautiful - but not the place for wheelchairs.

Elizabeth McClung said...

Linda actually went out ankle deep through the snow a second time, after I looked at the pictures she first took and said what I wanted different - she is VERY patient. But her pictures are great, getting that odd lighting, not quite dark, not light, but a blue purple colour, and snow thick with fog.

Kate J: Yes, it would be nice to have St. David's Day again, the daffodil and the leek.

I am concerned about boxing tomorrow, as I need that for health, but I need to get up (AND DOWN) the big hill, I hope they clear at least the other sidewalk?

I remember it snowing in Wales and how much I liked that, and how much everyone hated the snow AND ME dancing around.

Rachelcreative: I got Linda out of bed as the chance to take a thick clear snowfall is not one that comes by often. It does look pretty - I will say our cyclists are die hard, as I would have looked outside and said, 'forget it!'

Tornwordo: Well, you have it so much more there than here, that I think the magic of it coming once every couple years, and so thick and quick isn't there. Plus, you have salters and road cleaners and we don't. But it does invite a snow angel I think. Or a round stamp down to play, fox and goose (with the 'safe spot' in the centre but only one can be there - did you play this?).

Kathz: Yes, now snow is at the dirty slushy stage, it looses the magic quickly in an urban city. I was glad to get the pictures, and more so to Linda to going out and getting them for us.

e - I think they do, I know I had a loaner which had like super grooved dirt bike offroad tires - but unless you live in a snow and ice city, the time and expense of getting them changed over is too much. Are there snow chains for wheelchairs - that might be dangerous for the fingers but I have yet to figure out a way to go DOWN hills safely - getting up is possible, down the problem is NOT going down at high speeds with no control.

Elizabeth McClung said...

Linda, I wish I had a picture of you in the middle of the road. As there was the snow thick all around, only one set of footprints out in the 'up to shin bones' snow, leading right to you, and the noise, a soft 'whump' as the branch snapped back, to take a picture as the load of snow had just be released above the poor unsuspecting Linda.

Thanks for taking the pictures, you got to sleep while I stayed up an extra hour doing cropping and sorting the pictures (if in doubt, take 92! We did!).

wendryn said...

Beautiful pictures! I hope you and Linda both managed to stay warm today. I deeply love the snow as long as I don't have to go anywhere in it...

cheryl g said...

I love the quiet of early morning in a fresh snow. The glow of light on the new snow, the hush of all sound the pristine white expanse just begging for a snow angel...

Then I scamper inside to cuddly quilts and hot cocoa. I am glad you and Linda got to see the magic.

Raccoon said...


An example of why I live in sunny California. And not in places like, oh, Canada or Massachusetts.

I mean, it's bad enough when people don't clean up after their dogs, never mind trying to clean the mud off of my tires.

On the other hand, very peaceful looking.

Lene Andersen said...

gorgeous photos! I'm particularly enamored of the first and fourth ones, they'd look awesome enlarged and framed. And I love the words that accompany the photos - so atmospheric that it felt as if I was there.

snow is so beautiful, but such a pain in the asked when you use a chair. Hopefully, it'll melt soon.

Baba Yaga said...

There's a lovely peace which goes with snow - so long as the dratted construction was quiet at that time!

I wonder if it's possible to put chains on wheelchair tyres? All-terrain accessibility, here we come...

Raccoon said...

I just had a thought about putting chains on chairs...

You'd have to take them off every time you went in the house, otherwise they would destroy the floors.

I don't think your landlady would be very appreciative.

Elizabeth McClung said...

I'm a fan of Wallace Stevens and I think of his poem:

One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

fridawrites said...

The lighting in these particular pictures is beautiful. We had a lot of snow days this month, though I didn't capture anything so pretty. Maybe that's because a friend's kid left our camera open on the grill, the lens facing up. :|

The Wallace Stevens poem is lovely.

Neil said...

Beautiful photos, both of you! But that snow would have turned into something less photogenic, I suspect.

Sorry for not commenting earlier; I went to Edmonton for a medieval event. And I encountered a blizzard there, but I was trying to drive in it and not run into the crashed cars as I came home, so no photos from me...

Love and zen hugs,

J. said...

Echoing the others' comments: Beautiful photos! I think this is the first time I've left a comment on your blog - but I stop in every once in a while.

PS: Loved the photos of the fungi and mold, too. Really. The one of you under the green archway looks like it came straight out of a fairytale; made me think of "The Secret Garden," actually. :)