Monday, February 1, 2021

It's February!

I always think that winter is half over by now, and it will be in a couple of days.  But more than that, we're well over the hump of day length and winter weather.  The days are so much noticeably longer, and the sun higher in the sky.  The worst of our dull and grey January weather is over.  Though we'll still see winter storms, we're much more likely to get sunny days.  Bring it on!

So I wondered what past February days have been like, and I went back and picked a photo out of the first post every February since this blog started, in late 2010.  Seven were sunny days and the other three were after snow storms.  They all reflect my pre-1918 ability to get out and about.

In 2020 I found a peak snow accumulation.

In 2019 a beautiful view down over the bay as we returned to town.

In 2018 a giant old snow-covered Beech seen on a walk in the woods - two weeks before my fateful heart surgery.

In 2017 it was a walk in the woods, checking out a new Bruce Trail property, the snow cover already disappearing in the strong late winter sun.

In 2016 there were two ships wintering in the Owen Sound harbour, this one beside the grain elevators. We've since learned that this is a fairly popular place for ships to spend the winter monts.

In 2015 another sunny day, and Walters Falls, totally frozen over.

In 2014 the ski slopes at Georgian Peaks, with lots of skiers, unlike this year!

In 2013 another snowy walk in the woods.

And another, in 2012, both of these on snowshoes of course.

Finally some winter shadows in 2011, the first February for this blog.

You can thank Blogger for the inconsistent spacing in this post!


  1. Yes, the new Blogger is nutso!
    Lovely theme for this series!

  2. I enjoyed seeing all of these photographs.
    Happy February Wishes.

    All the best Jan

  3. Love those shots of the snow on the trees.

  4. Good idea of posting these pictures. They're all great shots.I think 2015 and the frozen falls appeals to me the most.

  5. So nice to see these annual photos, and I sure wish you could still wander without electric wheels. But I'm glad you are still able to get out most of the year.

  6. Today is Imbolc - exactly half way between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.

  7. Nice snowy photos! I'm always happy when February rolls around - not only are the days getting longer but it's my birthday month. :)

  8. That's a nice photo remembrance of this day back through the years. Of course my favorite was 2017 with sunshine and ground showing through the melting snow.

  9. What a great series that is! I'm hoping we don't have too much more snow and that the groundhog doesn't see his shadow tomorrow!

  10. You can have photos " BS " Before surgery, and " AS " after surgery, so good to see the scenes of other years.

  11. Nice series. By the end of this month there will be real signs of spring, which is why I much prefer meteorological spring to the conventions designations based on solstices and equinoxes.

  12. There seems to be a consistent theme to February in your part of the world - snow! Here we have some serious flooding, not in terms of people's homes being under water but many fields are flooded and, since a lot of crops are sown here before the winter, there's bound to be a lot of damage. Snowfall that hangs around for any length of time seems to be a thing of the past here.

  13. so many favorites, too many to mention!! i love snow and this was a very cool idea for a post!!