Ice Print

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Print made in wet snow,

With onset of freezing cold,

Transforms;  turns solid.

 

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I took this photo early in February of this year.  I had made the footprint in the snow with my boot, as I was coming up the stairs to go inside late one evening.

And we had had several major temperature drops this winter, and so overnight, the temperature dropped significantly so that the wet snow turned into really solid ice.

It wasn’t until the next day, as I looked outside that I noticed how the bootprint had been “preserved.” I was so fascinated by the change.  I ran my fingers along the edges and down the hollows…..every detail rock hard ice, even though it seemed to look still soft.

 

 

 

 

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Would you make up your mind already?

February 2nd was noteworthy.

Not only because of the fickleness of our wintry weather – I have witnessed it a few times in the past month, actually – no….but also because I decided to take some photos to record the strangeness of it.

All within a matter of  only minutes, the scenery would change….and then change again!

In the late morning of Feb. 2nd, I went out to do some errands.  Bright sunshine beating down.  Blue sky.  The sparkle of white snow in the fields and along the roadside.

As I was driving back towards home, I noticed that the sky was turning back to grey with clouds blocking out the sun.

 

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Only another kilometre and a half further……

….no more sunshine and back to that blanket of grey clouds.

And the wind joined in by blowing and swirling snow across the road….

 

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….as well as down our country road.

 

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After I parked the car and got inside, I hunkered down all nice ‘n cozy and checked for messages.

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Now within a mere ten minutes – I kid you not! – I glanced outside.  What ?!?!

I went back out to take photos of these next three views!

 

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…..the only way one can make shadows is with the aid of the sunshine, yes?

 

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It truly felt as if that grey period hadn’t happened!

 

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So, feeling all gleeful again, I went back inside.

 

Ten minutes later……

…..sigh……

 

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Yep….a few more minutes later, and everything was grey everywhere again with lots of snow falling down.  Lots of flakes.  Big flakes.

Except by that point, I stubbornly refused to go back outside and take photos.

So, you’ll just have to imagine it, okay?

 

 

A Study of Ice at Night

Yesterday throughout the day we had a substantial amount of snowfall, which was then followed by freezing rain.  Now, in this area of Eastern Ontario, freezing rain can wreak havoc with the trees – the weight of the snow and ice causes some distress to them – as well as driving on the roads – oh so slippery! – and even power outages when the hydro lines become affected.

In spite of the stress it puts on nature and us, there is still beauty to be found in the diverse ice formations.

When I was taking the garbage bins out late last night to leave by the road, I couldn’t help but notice all the glittering in the trees that was going on, and decided to grab some shots.

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With the house light, the mood was set….

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An accumulation of frozen water globules and orbs on the railing….

And then these next two….

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…..with the different reflected ice patterns from the branches with the light…..

 

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This next one reminded me of fireworks, with the circular shapes and the rippling outwards effect….

 

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There was a little shrub with its evergreen leaves embraced by the ice….as well as the back side of my car with its bit of encrusted ice layer…..

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And finally a variety of icicles and suspended frozen water drops…..

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It was a quiet night with a tiny bit of wind and still more raindrops falling.

A Canadian Treat – Maple Syrup Taffy

 

Taffy on crushed ice,

Tasty, delicious sweetness –

A winter-time treat!

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One of my part-time jobs is working at a sugar bush business.  In Canada, with our proliferation of sugar maple trees, there are small and larger maple syrup businesses; many of them family-owned.

During the first two weeks of February there is an annual festival called Winterlude that takes place in Ottawa, Ontario, encompassing the Rideau Canal, which when frozen over, turns into the largest skating rink in the world!  Two other nearby areas are included in the Winterlude fun – Confederation Park, where there are booths and displays as well as a stage for live music performances and an assortment of small and large ice sculptures.  And Jacques Cartier Park, where there are exciting snow-constructed slides for children’s amusement.

We participate each year at Winterlude by setting up our tiny trailer and display booth in Confederation Park and making up fresh batches of taffy and laying them out on freshly crushed ice for people to come and buy as they wander around the park and explore all the nifty things to see and do.

All kinds of people come visit here during Winterlude…..many of them from other parts of Canada or the U.S. and even from other countries…..and they have fun checking out ice sculptures, skating on the canal, looking at special art displays and other interesting things.  Sometimes, when it comes to having some maple syrup taffy, they will chat and tell us that this is their first time to try this sweet treat or else reminisce about their taffy experiences from their childhood.

 

 

The above photos show our display area from today’s activity, as well as some of the maple syrup taffies on crushed ice.  As it’s becoming evening, we were slowly starting to clean up our booth area.

 

 

Some friends of mine who dropped by today to have some delicious taffy on a popsicle stick.  Looks like they’re enjoying it!

 

 

And lastly, two young ladies, who stopped by our booth and bought some taffy to try, as they had never had it before.  It was a big hit!

 

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