Monday, March 2, 2015

A Beautiful Winter's Day

Well, the bitterly cold temperatures have broken; it's skyrocketed to a balmy -10°C (still with a brisk wind chill mind you), and the sun was out bringing bright blue sky between the clouds.  I headed out to find my 4th frozen waterfall, and picked out a number of interesting things to illustrate our beautiful winter's day here in the valley.

From the top of the old Talisman ski hill, the view was clear today, looking northeast down the lower valley and all the way to Georgian Bay, that thin white line on the horizon.  Renovations to the old ski lodge at the bottom of the hill are coming well apparently, and it expects to open as the 'Talisman Mountain Springs Inn' later this year.  There is a major spring on the property that  provides water to the village of Kimberley.

Looking straight east across the valley you can pick out Sideroad 7 which goes downhill behind the trees on the right, all the way across the valley and up the other side.  In the centre of the picture are the cliffs of Kimberley Rock or Old Baldy, as it's locally known.

Even though it was a clear sunny day, the brisk wind was blowing and sculpting the fluffy inch of snow we got last night into new drifts that accumulated quite quickly.

On the way north and east to find Webwood Falls (tomorrow's post), I caught this glimpse of Blue Mountain and another angle on Georgian Bay in the distance, here a white line between the trees.  The snowbanks were a little high on this road!

Frequently on a day like this, even though it's sunny, you see snow being blown across the road from the existing snowbanks.

Sometimes it's enough to pretty well cause a whiteout, but typically they only last for a very short distance.  You just have to be careful not to veer into the other lane when you drive through them!

Summer road graders get outfitted as winter snowplows around here, and today was a pretty easy day for them, just keeping those drifts cleared away.  All in all, just a beautiful winter's day.

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23 comments:

  1. It is a beautiful winter's day. Pretty soon the snow will melt and here comes equally beautiful spring day filled with wildflowers and bees.

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  2. Snowdrifting is something that comes very easy in that part of the continent! Beautifully captured!

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  3. Another nice set of snowy photos!

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  4. your world looks like my world too.

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  5. It is a beautiful winter's day there and a nice temperature too. I like the drifted roads although they aren't fun to drive on, One time I hit a drift about 200 yards from our house and got stuck. I walked home to get a shovel and dug myself out. I was a bit upset, to say the least, when several cars passed me and just looked. LOL I'm glad the bitter cold has left, hopefully for good or until next January.

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  6. brrrrrr, that's still so cold!! Such a beautiful winter wonderland!!

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  7. What great pictures. Number 6 is my favorite. Sure looks cold with that snow blowing around!!!!

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  8. Fabulous photos - they really bring out the essence of winter.

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  9. ouch - 10 deg celius? the lowest it gets here at night is about 0 deg celsius but we're in a warm part of NZ so sadly we don't get snow.

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  10. What beautiful skies, the perfect backdrop for the snow scenes.

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  11. Nice winter scenes. I'm loving that blue sky!

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  12. Stunning pictures. Lovely blue skies and they contrast nicely with the snow. Hurry up Summer.

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  13. WOW!! Such a lovely sunny winter day!! I send you a little Spring smile just now!!

    xo, isabell

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  14. It looks cold but very nice, blue skies, fluffy white clouds and lots and lots of snow! Great pictures. :-)

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  15. thank you for leaving such a kind comment on my girly post!!!

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  16. The snow is awesome in those huge drifts and piles. But the sun is shining, so it doesn't look quite so cold. I do notice that there is no melting going on!

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  17. Lovely photos ! It was a nice sunny day here yesterday to but today cloudy mild mind you but freezing rain warnings across the board and it is sleet snowing right now but the good thing is after today the weather is to pick up in warmth with sunshine then rain for the rest of the week and next week even better hope they are right as I want a melt down need to see grass again lol ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  18. That is some serious drifting in those pix.

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  19. How do I know about these wintry views on the road. The view from the hill is wonderful. Actually I 'd say that winter could not be tiring if only there is sun and blue skies everyday.

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  20. Your world looks a little bit like my world. We're still in the midst of winter here in CO. Your blue sky is very welcoming even on a blustery day.

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  21. It was 36 F today and I was out shoveling in a sweatshirt. It's amazing how warm we feel after this brutal cold. Great pix as always!

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