Winter perks.

Somewhere on every photographer’s blog you will likely find an entry about winter sunrises. The cliché is not without merit, since sunrises are far, far easier to be awake for at this time of year. Harder on the fingers, when the windchill dips to the -20C range, but you’re more likely to be up anyway….

The slow spiral

September is gone and October is suddenly here. The days have gotten manifestly shorter and slightly cooler and I’ve been eyeing my winter running gear with a little suspicion and loathing, not looking forward to the day when donning and shucking the gear needed to run 5k takes longer than the run itself. Waking up…

Alive

One of the perks of working at home is being able to do things like wander out into the greenhouse on my lunch-break. In Newfoundland during February, this is not a perk to be sniffed at. Today there wasn’t much to see. A few dead grapes, some hot peppers that didn’t get picked last year…

Softly fallin’…

Or it was, yesterday. Today it’s blowing a mad gale outside. Winds are gusting up to 110km/h and the snow is that stick-to-the-greenhouse-and-scour-your-skin kind, which is more like ice pellets than any fairytale snow. Since I feel no need for an Arctic exfoliant, we’re tucked away indoors this morning. Time to work on projects, have…

Get out while you can….

Years and years ago, I vowed that I would buy skis when there was actually enough skiable snow in a winter to warrant doing so. Our winters have snow, it’s true, but they also have rain (and fog, sleet, slush that falls out of the sky, freezing rain, freezing fog, hail, etc.) and lots of…

After the snow stopped….

Night lights, a photo by VickyTH on Flickr. …. we all strapped on snowshoes and headed down into the woods behind the house. Had to trudge over a bog to get into the woods and discovered that the bog was nowhere near frozen. Ooops. Also, snowshoes do reduce, but do not entirely prevent, sinking! Took…

Fighting back

Winter always makes a very credible attempt to kick me in the arse. I am not a creature of snow and ice. I am also not a creature of darkness. I am a spring and fall sort of person; one who loves daylight in all its manifestations and one who has to struggle to survive…