Turning to Winter

During a brief noontime walk on Friday it was not hard to see that our much-warmer-than-average summer and fall have come to a close. The date, December 14, suggests that winter is just around the corner. The eyes, or rather the camera, say otherwise. At Long Pond, by the water’s edge you can see the first signs of ice. Another few days of this sub-zero weather and the water will ‘catch over.’

Long Pond, on the trail

Long Pond, on the trail

Further along, Burton’s Pond is completely ice covered. Well almost–the agitator that keeps one part ‘open’ is doing its job and all the ducks have congregated at the one place where they can still dive down for the few remaining bits of food at the bottom.

Burton's Pond, looking across at the Daycare

Burton’s Pond, looking across at the Daycare

Rounding the far end of the pond my hand goes back into the pocket for the phone to take another picture. A puck! I must have left it in there from yesterday. Another look back out at the ice covered surface. Not enough ice–yet–to lace up the skates, get the sticks and toss out the puck.

…but  enough to make you want to.

Burton's Pond, other side, looking at student apartments

Burton’s Pond, other side, looking at student apartments

Later, Saturday night, the snow begins. Hardly any wind so the snow falls pretty straight. See the little bluish-white streaks? Snowflakes.

Snow has begun

Snow has begun

Around midnight, a walk past the playground shows an accumulation of 10 cm or snow…and still falling. It’s quiet. Far off you can hear the rumble and scrape of the snow plow but that’s it. Not even traffic. The children who frequent the place were likely tucked away in bed before the snow started falling.

Playground, after midnight

Playground, after midnight

Christmas lights signal those that are still up.

Christmas lights are 'burning'...well at least some of them are

Christmas lights are ‘burning’…well at least some of them are

Sunday morning. The snow is tapering off and the air is quiet and still; barely enough to stir the flag. You can hear a snow-blower down the street. Barely. There’s something about the new fallen snow–natural acoustic insulation; hushes everything.

You can tell, from the table top just how much snow has fallen so far. A measuring tape says 21 cm. The little dragonfly doesn’t mind, though. Snow, rain, wind, she’ll fly anyway.

The morning after

The morning after

Coffee with the family. So nice to break the routines and get together once in a while. Nothing like a fresh snowfall for bringing people together…

Best response to snow

Best response to snow

Looks like winter’s here on the Eastern Edge.


About Maurice A. Barry

Coordinator: Teaching and Learning Commons, Faculty of Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Parent & Husband. eLearning consultant/coordinator. Program Development Specialist - eLearning (Department of Education; Retired). Writer: over 40 Math/Physics texts/webs. Developer & Manager of web content. Geek. Not into awards but loves comments.
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17 Responses to Turning to Winter

  1. Love the pictures of the dawning of winter. Thanks for sharing.

  2. marthasway says:

    What a joy to see winter! Here in New Orleans, we get a day or two of snow about every four years. The least bit of snow or ice sends people into a flurry of panic and exceptionally bad driving. Personally, I have a theory that it takes much cunning to live in a cold climate than in a hot, humid one. I love to see scenes of life going on about its regular business as seasons change and the world goes on.

    • There are many, many days we all wish for the beautiful weather and cultural life of New Orleans. …and, by the way, you would find that we people from this province have much the same outlook as people from your city. We love our home and love life.

  3. wisdompartner says:

    Thanks for liking my post at Bold Conversations. I’m a warm weather girl but having gone to school in Maine, I can still appreciate the beauty of winter. Enjoyed your pictures.

  4. strawberryquicksand says:

    It’s bizarre to see Christmas decorations and real snow!

    • Funny, isn’t it. We’re half a world away and what each takes for granted seems so different for the other. But beneath it all, the Christmas Holidays are so beautiful; so complex.

  5. wow! I shivered reading that brrrrr.

  6. fitzythird says:

    Great shots and narrativie. I am curious as to where this is. I live outside of Boston so winter is really taking her time….love the shot at the top with the fishing boats. Also, thanks for the like on Fitzy’s Focus!

    • Most of the pictures were taken near St. John’s, NL, Canada. The fishing boats were shot in a small community, Southerm Harbour, around 120 km away. I spent 9 years in the eighties teaching school.

      Speaking of Boston, I have two things:
      1–My Dad worked in Boston for five years in the thirties. He was, at the time, an electrician at the Western Electric factory. For most of his life, though, he was a school teacher here in NL.
      2–(just for fun). I got a great laugh from the Dropkick Murphys Christmas video :>) Their style of music is very similar to ours here in NL.

      • fitzythird says:

        Yup…we love the Dropkick Murphys…my last name being Fitzpatrick, I am always drawn to the bands with an Irish drive behind them. My wife has family connections in NL. Her last name is Birmingham and again with Irish roots but apparently her ancestors had settled NL.

  7. johnlmalone says:

    great pics; snow is a long way away from us in the land down under where we are approachimng mid summer: 100 degrees on Sunday but then a cool change to the mid seventies by Xmas: Santa’s little meteorological gift to us. I didn’t see a dragonfly in that snap perhaps because of its small size; down here in Oz dragonflies are creatures of summer

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