Winter’s Chill

Winter’s chill made an early surprise attack on my little island freezing pipes and icing roads. We even had a minor dusting of snow the other morning that brought joy to some and panic to others. Though the snow barely settled before it was but a memory of winter’s past the chill has remained for days. About a month early for these parts and my weekend was spent partly attending to west coast winter dilemma such as rummaging about the workshop looking for that lost chicken coop heat lamp. There is nothing sadder than the scene of a chicken beak-frozen to the water trough. Alas, I take it with humour because it could be worse. December on Salt Spring Island usually means wet winter storms, high winds and power outages. I will always take a clear and chilly winter day.

With Christmas sneaking up fast and a space cleared in the living room of our cabin to be filled shortly with a tree the items under it wrapped with care and my anticipation of happiness at their giving, it is those items that cannot beat the gift of a Sunday morning coffee and a spontaneous outing to the woods at the south of the island with good company. What we found with our cameras was worth being pulled from the warmth of a coffee shop to standing chilly on the fringes of an icy lake and waterfall. Here is a sampling of what we found.

Ice forms on stones in waterfall pools. Photo by Dave Barnes

Ice forms on stones in waterfall pools.
Photo by Dave Barnes

Waterfall spray freezes over surrounding moss and leaves. Photo by Dave Barnes

Waterfall spray freezes over surrounding moss and leaves.
Photo by Dave Barnes

Nothing escapes the freeze. not even a sapling. Photo by Dave Barnes

Nothing escapes the freeze. not even a sapling.
Photo by Dave Barnes

Only in Canada, eh. Photo by Dave Barnes

Only in Canada, eh.
Photo by Dave Barnes

On a morning that I wished I had brought the macro lens for all the small textures that nature presented. Photo by Dave Barnes

On a morning that I wished I had brought the macro lens for all the small textures that nature presented.
Photo by Dave Barnes

Frozen water wishing to flow as the water moves freely below.  Photo by Dave Barnes

Frozen water wishing to flow as the water moves freely below.
Photo by Dave Barnes

Wooden pallets make a bridge to the swimming dock used all summer by nudists at a local lake. No chilly behinds to be found today! Photo by Dave Barnes

Wooden pallets make a bridge to the swimming dock used all summer by nudists at a local lake. No chilly behinds to be found today!
Photo by Dave Barnes

A shot from the space shuttle, no. Lovely textured ice on the surface of the lake. Photo by Dave Barnes

A shot from the space shuttle, no. Lovely textured ice on the surface of the lake.
Photo by Dave Barnes

Roots frozen into the ice reeds stand tall on the lake edge. Photo by Dave Barnes

Roots frozen into the ice reeds stand tall on the lake edge.
Photo by Dave Barnes

A cool winter wind met me for this shot, but it was too good to pass up. Photo by Dave Barnes

A cool winter wind met me for this shot, but it was too good to pass up.
Photo by Dave Barnes

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