Tuesday, January 16, 2007

A Surprise in my Neighbourhood

Today we had an ice storm! I woke up this morning to get ready for a regular teaching day but no sooner did I get up when I found out that school was cancelled because of the weather. Since I was already up and ready to go but had no place to go, I decided to go for a walk with my camera to capture the beauty of the ice. What I came across during my walk was a complete surprise to me!

About a five minute walk from my house, I came across a stream that I had never noticed before down the side of a gully. Now I have lived in this area for over nine years and yet there were still things about my neighbourhood that I had yet to learn. I swear that I drive past this point 4 or 5 times a day and yet, here I was oblivious to this piece of nature.

One thing I should say is that I was aware of the woodlot in this area but I had never had reason to go into it. Most of my hiking is done outside of a fifteen kilometre radius of my house…I had no idea there was this creek so close to home.

For the rest of the day, ice covered every surface of the city. Every tree and every blade of grass was covered with a thin coat of ice. Every road and sidewalk was treacherous.

Later on in the day it took me one hour to get into my car as well as scrape the ice off the windows. I was planning on Bar-B-Quing but as you can see, I was in no mood to clean off the Bar-B-Que after I had just finished with the car. Enough said!

Well, I think that winter has finally come to our neck of the woods! Hopefully it won’t last long… I will be glad when spring arrives. That’s all I have to say!

Stay warm!

15 comments:

Monika said...

Lovely picture of the creek. I wanted some snow though, not ice! I couldn't make a decent snow angel this winter so far, but I'm still hoping! ;o)

Dave said...

Monika, be patient :-) the snow will come, though I really don't want it to! Have a good day!

Janice said...

What a pretty little creek...you folks really get the ice storms there! But there sure is beauty in it as well as frustration of falling on butt LOL

Mel said...

Amazing photo. We are just hitting midsummer in New Zeland - the contrast is awesome

Michelle said...

Brrrrrrrrrr.....

It looks lovely but I would snap some pretty pics then run back inside to huddle by the fire with a hot cup of tea!

I am a cold-weather wimp!

Josie said...

Omigosh, what a beautiful little stream. I wonder why you never noticed it before.

Well, we have sent our Arctic weather your way, and we are a balmy 2 degrees Celsius today. Hah.

Josie

Dave said...

Janice, Beauty is not the half of it! Try breathtaking!

Dave said...

Hi Mel... Yes the contrast WOULD be awesome if I was getting the hot weather!! LOL :-)

Dave said...

Hi Michelle! My fingers were frozen as were my toes as I was out in it for about 90 minutes! Brrr is right! :-)

Dave said...

Hi Josie... I never noticed it before because I never walked by it during the day nor ever went down into the gully to even notice it. I am glad I finally made that trek!

Becky Wolfe said...

What a good find! It has potential for great photos throughout the whole year. Glad you finally got some winter - we haven't lost ours since November. Another cold day with a few flakes comin down.

Good time of year to process a few more photos form last year :)

Dorky Dad said...

Did you go ice skating down the street? That's the best part of ice storms. Skating. On streets.

I think ice storms really make the world look interesting.

Le Nightowl said...

Ice storms are a wonderful opportunity for spectacular photos.
I envy you, with my current boring weather :)
Marie

Dave said...

So Becky...You glad I got some winter? I'm not! :-)

Though I must admit that it was great for taking photos!

Hi Dorkydad... That's all my skate blades need! I am definitely going to stay off the streets with them...besides, the salt got to the streets frist! I agree, the ice sure is beautiful though.

Hi Marie! ... My beutiful icy weather is all but gone. It is again becoming mild. I just have to take what we are given I suppose. Take care!

Le Nightowl said...

Too bad... but at least you have your picures and memories :)