Our cold, wet hike to Fox Glacier in New Zealand



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Our cold, wet hike to Fox Glacier in New Zealand

jean at fox glacier, south island, new zealand

When Bob and I stayed in the community of Fox Glacier on New Zealand’s South Island, it made perfect sense to hike into the actual glacier for a look.  On the appointed day, a slight break in the rain encouraged us to set off, but we ended up hiking in cold, wet weather for a view of the ancient blue ice. Read more

All dressed up for Christmas, bring on the snow!



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All dressed up for Christmas, bring on the snow!

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With the recent substantial snowfalls, our home and property is ready to celebrate a White Christmas.  And when I awoke this morning, I found that yesterday’s wind and warm temperatures had sculpted the snow into an artful scalloped edge that neatly framed each Christmas bulb. Read more

Fascinating Ice Formations on Lake Ontario’s Shoreline



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Fascinating Ice Formations on Lake Ontario’s Shoreline

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Our winter here in southern Ontario has been a real mixed bag to say the least.  Yoyoing between a series of very warm spells and frigid Arctic air has left us, here in Toronto, with no snow to speak of, and it is now the end of February.  What a surprise then, when Bob and I walked along the shore of Lake Ontario in Whitby, to find the water thick with slab ice and the most fanciful ice formations decorating the shoreline. Read more

Blue Jays dancing in Algonquin Park



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Blue Jays dancing in Algonquin Park

Blue Jays feeding on a snow drift in Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada

Blue Jays are a fairly common bird seen here in Ontario, in Canada, during the winter months, Read more

Shoreline Ice at Tommy Thompson Park



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Shoreline Ice at Tommy Thompson Park
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On our one and only outing to Tommy Thompson Park this past winter, Bob and I felt like kids let out of school for the summer.  It was a pleasantly warm, sunny day…typical March weather with a persistent wind out of the north that threatened to chill us to the bone if it weren’t for the strong rays of the sun beating down on our backs.  Still, winter had its icy grip on Toronto’s lakeshore. Read more

Snowshoeing On Lake Agnes Trail To Big Beehive



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Snowshoeing On Lake Agnes Trail To Big Beehive

Jean snowshoeing on the Lake Agnes Trail at Banff National Park, in Alberta, Canada

During our stay at Lake Louise Village, not a day passed without a dump of fresh snow.  Either we awoke in the morning to an additional 6 inches weighing down the trees, or snow fell so thickly when skiing that we could barely see which way to go.  One afternoon, owing to the lack of freshly trackset cross-country ski trails, Bob and I opted to go snowshoeing up into the mountains following the Lake Agnes Trail from Lake Louise. Read more

Olympic Snowmen In Huntsville – Home of Dara Howell



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Olympic Snowmen In Huntsville – Home of Dara Howell

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Baring their souls on a cold winter’s day with nary a thought for their own preservation was this avid team of supporters for our Olympic athletes!  On our recent visit to Huntsville, Ontario, Bob and I came across this assembly of jovial snowmen all revved up in support of the Canadian Olympic Team.  Their animated faces brought a smile to my own lips. Read more

Icy Waves break over Sunnyside breakwater in Toronto

Icy Waves break over Sunnyside breakwater in Toronto

Waves breaking on Lake Ontario at Sunnyside in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

On a winter morning, Bob and I left our house to scope out Colonel Samuel Smith Park at the edge of Lake Ontario.  We were on the hunt for some Snowy Owls that had been seen there a couple of days earlier.  We had no idea that, later that same day, surging waves driven by gale-force winds would be battering the Toronto waterfront. Read more

Magical Frost On My Toronto Windowpane



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Magical Frost On My Toronto Windowpane

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In 2014, the province of Ontario had one of the longest and coldest bouts of winter weather to be experienced in recent years, decades even, and along with the pristine beauty of fresh powdered snow that had fallen into every crack and crevice came the magical frost on my Toronto windowpane. Read more

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