Friday, December 19, 2008
and even more snowscapes
I never get tired of watching the changing seascape outside my window, especially during the winter. Above is what it looked like as the snowclouds moved toward us the other morning. As you see below, we still had only a light dusting here, but we were soon to get much more. In the distance, you can see the shores of Gabriola Island, newly under snow, and beyond that, the Sunshine Coast north of Vancouver.Looking at that incipient drama, I really should have been hauling more firewood inside.By yesterday afternoon, I'd been out and cleared the walkway, stocked up on wood for the fire, and been out to let Skeena, our Golden Retriever, frolic in the new snow. So I could sit inside with my tea and watch this bright conversation between sun and snow.Really, what a beautiful couple -- clearly meant to be together, if only briefly.I've always been quite happy with my lot, living in a temperate, if rainy, climate, and always skeptical of those prairie folk who miss the clear blue sunny winter skies -- I have to bite back my retort about the 30 below temperatures that come with those sunny skies. For a little while yesterday, though, I could see the appeal (although I was, admittedly, seeing it from inside by the fire).Here's the scene just before I started putting this post together. We're under snow clouds now and as I write, the flakes are getting bigger, falling more quickly. Bleak beauty again surrounds me.
And I'm going to get out in it -- I have to go to town for groceries, so I can have a yummy chicken tagine ready for Paul when he gets home tonight. Usually I use my bike panniers to haul groceries, but the bike's no good in the snow, so I'll shop thinking of weight, stowing all my goodies in my backpack. Life on the island is especially challenging on days like these, but rewarding as well. And at least I'm not trying to head through an airport like Toronto!