Thursday, October 14, 2010

Exhilarating Winter

I did write that we had four seasons.  Some people dread the cold and gray of winter, dislike the stark contrasts and the biting air and the lack of warm colors.  Canadians see it as a time to be outdoors even more. They ski, snowshoe, hike, skate and slush cross country to their heart's content. The anticipation of the arrival of winter was almost palpable at the Canmore Nordic Center where the Olympians train when we drove by.  I saw athletes racing with in-line skates and ski poles up the sides of paved roads and up paved sidewalks.  Get out your woolies and make some hot chocolate, because I am bringing you a virtual winter that we encountered as we climbed higher...winter just a little early...below.


Me

ANOTHER waterfall.

Grassi Lakes

Awww!

22 comments:

Brian Miller said...

wow. breath taking pictures...esp that finale...wow.

Leah J. Utas said...
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Leah J. Utas said...

My deletion. Mistake in it.

Beautiful photos, Tabor.

ellen abbott said...

Pretty to look at but I don't like to shiver.

Hilary said...

Wow.. beautiful. Just a little too winterish for me.. but beautiful.

Scarlet Ily said...

OMG, am I living in the wrong state! This is just amazing...majestic. I love these shots!

One Woman's Journey said...

Beautiful photos - but I am not ready for winter yet. The more ancient I grow the less I like cold weather.
But then a time to rest and plan Spring gardens! Have a good night.

Pauline said...

gosh - while I was away you posted some marvelous photos! Loved the way the snow just STOPPED in that first picture.

Peruby said...

Whew, made me shiver! But very beautiful.

slommler said...

I had to go and get my mittens and hat. Ha! Beautiful photos! What a gorgeous landscape. Fabulous!!
Hugs
SueAnn

deb said...

I've been there ... it was fall though.

I completely agree in that if you get enough snow you can enjoy it. It's the back and forth unpredictable that gets to us here in the GTA I think.

fabulous fabulous photos.

Bagman and Butler said...

Whew - that last shot is heart-stopping! But I also am not up to dealing with the chillies just yet.

Angie said...

Absolutely breathtaking photos of the snow and ice, Tabor! I am one of those oddities from the South---I LOVE the Winter--and snow---and woolens---and wood fires---and oh my :D. It looks like you had a fabulous trip! Thank you for sharing it with us.

Kerri said...

Oh yes, very beautiful...but much too cold!
Spectacular photos of glorious views!

Hilary said...

I know....I grumble about winter....but it is beautiful, and inescapable. Better to embrace it.

steviewren said...

The lake looks like a mirror of glass. Simply beautiful!

Dianne said...

I love the cold :)

you look so wonderful in red in all that beautiful whiteness

fantastic shots

Dianne said...

oops! I also meant to say congrats on POTW

kcinnova said...

Oh, yes! This is why I love winter.

Congratulations on your POTW.

ladyfi said...

It's a wonderland! I think people dread winter in their minds and then find out it's not as bad as they imagined...

Land of shimp said...

They're absolutely awe-inspiring pictures. I swear, they practically make me want to bundle up and have a cup of hot chocolate.

Also, fellow-wearer of red winter coats, join me as I form the "Nobody is going to accidentally shoot me while I'm tromping around in the woods!" club.

Sadly, even though my coat is the same hue, you'll have to find other club members as I don't actually tromp in the woods. I'm just guarding against really lost hunters.

Lovely shots, all of them. I always wonder what the people who first settle those areas must have thought. I feel convinced that it is the origin of the word, "Wow."

Bimbimbie said...

Magnificent, love the water reflection in number three*!*