Day 117 of 365

Back to the snow

Back to the snow

Back home. 19 days without snow. No snow on the ground until Syracuse and only a bit all the way to within 10 miles of Ottawa.

This is the view of the backyard today (March 14). arrggghhhh!

I guess the snow that I did miss was quite the mess.

Day 96 of 365

Roof line

Roof line

Third day in a row of snow.

I’m back to my earlier estimation of winter – it’s long, tedious, bleak, snow filled, cold, whine, whine, …

That’s it – I’m going someplace warm.

Some isolated spots get sun and, due to the physics of absorption, actually give the impression of spring like climes.

Day 83 of 365

IP Bridge in snow

IP Bridge in snow

One of the snowiest days this winter. Ranged from heavy to moderate in intensity, but steady from early morning until after midnight. Total accumulation? I’m guessing 25-30 cm. (Update when available.)

Crossing the Interprovincial¬†(Royal Alexandra) Bridge toward Gatineau (Hull), I shot this through the front window. Afternoon traffic was light as, I’m sure, many folks decided to stay home & wait it out. It was, after all, a Friday.

Day 71 of 365

Speed Skating

Speed Skating

The Provincial Long Track speed skating championships were held this weekend at the Brewer Oval, located, appropriately, at Brewer Park. Long Track skaters use outside ice due to the size required and Short Track is usually held on hockey rink ice.

Photographically, Long Track is great for capturing speed and detail – especially on a sunny day, but the action suffers from there being only 2 skaters and sweeping corners. Short Track has the excitement of bunches of skaters fighting for position, swooping low into tight corners with hands extended to the ice surface, but suffers from hockey rink lighting.

Anyway, I lucked out with this shot. This is Kevin Frost, a Canadian skater with Olympic ambitions (and he is fast). There are only two things in his way — Usher Syndrome and the International Paralympic Committee’s failure to recognize deaf-blind speed skating as a sport.

Did I mention he’s fast? He was half a track ahead of his competitor after 2 laps.

Day 67 of 365

Sunset on the Farm

Sunset on the Farm

Got a call from Cassandra. Get out to the field, quick, it’s a beautiful sunset. Of course, by the time I got there, a scant 4 minutes hence, it was mostly gone. This is the sunset’s sunset over some buildings at the Central Experimental Farm along Woodroffe Ave.

I’m not sure if the -24C temperature had anything to do with the show. Going to be a frigid week for the middle eastern part of the country. Interesting that Whitehorse is -10C while Yellowknife is -28C.