How about a little snow on the first day of Spring?
It was a beautiful, sunny, cold day here and I had the day off. As much as I’m tired and uninspired by the snow, I thought I should actually take some pictures as it is now officially being reported that we’ve had the most amount of snow ever in this city – 196 cm (or about 6 1/2 feet)! Last year, at this time we had no snow. Like most everyone in this province, I’m so over wearing a winter jacket, winter boots, scarf, mitts and trudging through the snow everywhere I go. This winter will end, though, and hopefully a beautiful summer lies ahead.
In the meantime I’m amusing myself with a new photo app for my iPhone called KitCam. It’s great! I paid $1.99 for the specialty lens pack and have had great fun with the kaleidoscope lens. I will likely do at least one more post with pics taken with the lens, but for today, these ones are pictures of various snowbanks at different angles. Followed by a couple of regular “I guess I should take some pictures of the snow” even though I don’t find them very interesting! 🙂
I took these pictures of the Legislative Building with my iPhone on Saturday after work. I haven’t taken a lot of pics this winter, but now that the days are getting longer and the temperature is getting warmer, I’m starting to come out of hibernation! It’s been a long winter, with a LOT of snow. I think I may need to invest in rubber boots this year and hope for a slow thaw, because there is going to be a lot of water when it starts to melt. Maybe there will be some interesting picture taking opportunities!
As I write this, we are in the middle of another snowstorm. I’ve lost count at how many snowstorms we’ve had this winter. It’s getting to be a bit much…
I took these cloud/blue sky pictures on Saturday which was a much nicer day!
This is what it looked like downtown this afternoon…ugh… I will definitely be trudging my way to work in the morning.
I went out on my balcony this morning (it was only about -6 outside, so not too bad!) and got this shot. I’m quite happy with the way it turned out and how the brick on the First Baptist Church (foreground) and Knox-Metropolitan United Church looks on a grey Sunday morning. That’s Regina’s City Hall in the background.
It made me think of the song “Up on the Roof” by the Drifters so I looked up the lyrics and really liked them, here’s an excerpt:
When I come home feelin’ tired and beat
I go up where the air is fresh and sweet (up on the roof)
I get away from the hustling crowd
And all that rat-race noise down in the street (up on the roof)
On the roof, the only place I know
Where you just have to wish to make it so
Let’s go up on the roof (up on the roof)
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America
It could be a long winter here. We’ve had snow since the end of October. A lot of snow. We’ve had freezing rain, too, making walking and driving treacherous at the best of times. It’s been cold, too. I’ve never lived anywhere but in this province, where we experience all the seasons, and as much as I complain about the cold and snow and chapped lips and dry air and itchy skin, there is still beauty to be seen.
I can’t say I’m a Yoko Ono fan, but I like this quote:
“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”
― Yoko Ono
These are some winter pics I’ve taken over the last few weeks: