Winter Photos

There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you…. In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself. ~Ruth Stout

Here are a few snowy photos taken at Black Duck Lake yesterday after Saturday night’s snowstorm. DSC04758


Before this happened there was scarcely a scab of snow to be found. It looked more like spring in these parts than winter. Not only that, the temperature was on the plus side all week long. Nice, since we’d just come through a cold snap.

But, Mother Nature decided to remind us that winter is far from being over. Although spring was flirting with us, she certainly isn’t ready to stay anytime soon.


I’ve been busy writing this winter, as you would expect. The cold weather makes me want to stay close to home and put a pot of soup on the stove to scorch  simmer. I  also have some reading to catch up on– along with all the usual boring things like housework– as I wait from spring to  arrive again.

What are you doing this winter? Are you enjoying the beautiful scenery or are you hoping for an early spring?

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  1. Although I dislike winter and cold, I do love seeing the trees laden down with fresh snow like this. Always feels like a bit of an alternate universe to me. Keep that soup warm and keep writing! It will be spring before you know it.

    • I’m with you, Joss. I prefer warmer weather. Looking forward to an early spring. How is the weather where you are?

      • I went for a walk at 8 p.m. tonight and it was +8 and very still out. Lovely weather for January I say!

        • It does sound wonderful. I wish our warm temperatures would have lasted a bit longer, like maybe the rest of the winter. ;) Enjoy your travels. :)

  2. Yesterday’s snowfall was beautiful. I was out too snapping pictures. It was like a winter wonderland.

    I wish I could stay in by a fire and write all winter, but…I’ve young ones in the house which means routine all winter. I am writing more, baking more and reading.

    Thanks for sharing the lovely photos.

    • Today is another day to stay close to the fire. I hope things are going well in your corner of the province. Stay warm. :)

      • The blizzard is building. There’s a lot of snow down and still falling and the wind is picking up. I need only go out once more to feed and water the animals and make sure everything is secure. Then it’s back to the warm house. How’s the weather on your end of the province?

        • Oh my, the snow plough just went! That’s twice today. Quite a bit of snow is down. I was out and shoveled off the doorsteps earlier, why? I have no idea. The wind is picking up as well and the upstairs is creaking. I just hope we keep our power. It was off 14 hours on Sunday, which wasn’t bad considering it was the first time all winter we’d lost it.

  3. Mae Lorette

     /  January 20, 2014

    Beautiful photos, thanks Dianne. i put the bottom one on my desktop. I can see tons of snow outside my window, but ours is polluted by gravel and sand, which we would grouse about if they didn’t spread it so liberally.Your snow is pristine. I suspect most Canadians have a love/hate relationship with snow. Thanks again. I miss the Maritimes!!!

  4. Another winter storm warning for Wednesday, so yes, I guess that Mother Nature is still throwing her winter weight around…I like to think of her as a menopausal woman–freezing cold one minute and heating up to her very core the next. So goes winter in our Maritimes! Glad to hear that you’re using your seclusion time to write and scorch soup…

  5. Although I moved to the west coast to get away from the snow, the pictures are lovely. I suppose if one could stay in and write and read, it would be OK. But when you have to go out to work in it, it is no longer so attractive. Enjoy your writing time. I look forward to the next book!

    • OK is a very good way of putting it, Darlene! I’m not a big fan, especially when I’m out shoveling or have to travel. I’m with you on that one. :)

  6. Glad to know you are writing during this (already) long winter. I teach a day and a half every week, and on the other days I’m editing and working on a freelance contract that ends Jan. 31–oh yes, and marking and housework, etc. It’s nice to have a routine that allows time for just thinking, unlike my fall semester which was absolutely frantic. Great photos.

  7. What a lovely world you have all covered in snow. Ours started late this afternoon, it will be interesting to see what it looks like in the morning.

  8. David

     /  January 22, 2014

    Very nice winter photos.
    What kind of scorched soup will be serving? :)

    • David

       /  January 22, 2014

      My grammar editor isn’t working today. Should read “What kind of scorched soup will be served?” :)

  9. I’m actually very good at scorching them all, pea soup, turkey, beef barley, you name it, I’ve probably scorched it. ;)

  10. We had pea soup for lunch today, but not because of the weather. Out here on the west coast it’s mostly sunny and mild this week… not wintry at all. I love your photos! The stillness that settles over everything is beautiful. A fresh snowfall muffles the world’s distractions… always a good thing when you’re writing. :)

    • We had a blizzard yesterday, Carol, with lots of snow for shoveling. I just came inside a bit ago as a matter of fact and will be going out again the afternoon. I’m trying not to grumble, at least we didn’t lose power. There’s always a bright side if you look for it. Glad you’re having nice weather. You can send it our way anytime. ;)

  11. P.S. I tried three times to comment on your old June Dalhousie blog post, but each time it just disappeared. I don’t think Blogspot likes me anymore. LOL.

    • It doesn’t seem to like me either, Carol. I couldn’t get the printing right on the post as many times as I changed it. It just wouldn’t do as it was supposed to. I find that blog difficult to post to with dial-up. WordPress seems a bit easier for me.


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