Saturday, February 9, 2013

0 A WALK THROUGH A WINTER BLIZZARD OF 2013 (60 Snapshots)

This was our first major winter storm this year and we have to admit we didn't get hit as bad as most places in the USA or even most places up north here in Canada, but it was a blizzard that was worth capturing through snapshots anyways for those of you who have never experienced it!  A walk that usually takes us about 35 mins on a good day, took us 2 hours this day.

We started our walk off from this building which, by the time we ventured out, was already covered in quite a bit of snow.  Check out the snow on top of the cars...





The wind was blowing strong at times hence the visibility in some of our pics. Snow was flying around everywhere including in our faces.  We finally found a bit of reprieve in a local plaza...







Can't you just feel the coldness yet?  It was -7C here, but with windshield factor it was more like -18C.  As you can see, despite the winter storm, business carried on as usual...





Even the Tim Hortons coffee shop was open.  Notice the pick-up truck with the headlights on at a Tim Hortons drive-thru window...













Then we came across these 3 trees in an opening between the plaza and thought they made for a beautiful snapshot.  





Some pebbled stones nearby the trees.  The snow covering them also made for an interesting snapshot!




We thought these trees were protected from the wind being situated between 2 buildings but the wind still got to them as we barely captured in this shot...




There were quite a few of these (windshield wipers up), throughout our walk.







The grounds keeper cleaning the walk to the entrance of a local supermarket.  We bet ya he was having a busy day! We were loving the 'Cozy up to GREAT FOOD' winter event sign...










We also seen a lot of these (snow plows), of course, throughout our walk.  This was the city plow cleaning the main roads...




While this was one of many private snow removal services for the plaza...





Now it was time to leave the semi-comfort of the plaza and really venture out into the storm...





Here goes nothing!..






This guy was equipped!  Salter, (salt dispenser) in the back and all!







This great pine tree protected us a bit but we had no time to stop... we must move on or we'll be frozen!








We had a good walk ahead of us, so we had to keep moving although we stopped numerous times to make sure the camera wasn't getting too wet.




















We were fascinated by the snow on the pine trees which made for such a beautiful shot and an even better one when taken close up!




But we had to keep moving.  Jack was finding it more and more difficult to trudge through the snow since the sidewalks weren't cleared yet and we weren't even half-way to our destination!






Well this car must have been parked in a garage recently...




So many interesting and traditional snow-like shots we seen along the way such as kids playing in the snow. It was a 'Snow Day' for kids all over which meant no school!!





A school closed because of the winter storm...



The school's parking lot to the right all empty...




We had to keep moving...



But just to prove I was walking in all this mess, Jack took a few snapshots of me!







Another city plow going by...




Then we came upon a park.  We rested for a few minutes, not long, but long enough to take some snapshots of the kids park...












Then on we went...




It seems someone forgot to take their Christmas decorations down even though for some strange reason it seemed appropriate at the time the shot was taken...


A child playing in front of the same house...



We were almost back to our starting point when we came across the mail man or mail lady in this case and we couldn't believe they were still delivering mail in this weather but we guess the mail must go on!












Another plower, which was a 'white gold' day for them on this day...







Finally, back to where we started only to find a Mercedes stuck exiting the complex...



 Some stranger stopping to help push him out, which was also a typical scene we witnessed often.




And off he went.  Thank-you kind sir.







So how was your snow day??

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