Blue & White Day

All photos taken February 25, 2022.

As the winter weather dragged on, we got less and less interested in trying local walks along icy paths. Having purchased some new nanoSpikes from MEC, we set off this day on a route along the North city boundary to give them a try. The temperature was about -7 and the wind, which always seemed in our face, whichever way we turned (Blowmont) made it feel colder then the view out our window had indicated.

But, we persevered and the 6 km walk was literally a breath of fresh air. With flat walking surfaces and our new spikes, we were able to get a fairly even walking pace going. But having just done 6.5 km on uneven forest paths the day before, our energy was flagging by the end. How we long for the good old days of walking on dry paths in normal hiking boots.

Storm pond North of Rue Montalet. Not many human tracks out here yet, but the critters had been out and about on the snowy ice surface.

Blue skies shining on me
Nothin’ but blue skies do I see

My 50x (1200 mm equiv) lens easily picked up the downtown towers 21 km. (13 miles) away

City meets country along the North boundary

Long shadows on the local golf course

The bright sun above made the snow below sparkle

Looking North from East edge of city

The big view East

Even at -7C, the sun had enough power to melt the snow on this pretty barn

take me home, country roads – this road seems to go on forever

More sunny golf course views on the way back

No, they are not making snow on our local hill, just city crews piling the snirt ever higher on Mt. Snowdump

Last view of storm pond on our way to afternoon coffee

The change in gait from wearing ice cleats and the constant wind in the face was wearing us down by the end of our walk. Spring can’t get here soon enough.

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

18 thoughts on “Blue & White Day

    1. Seems we might stand a chance for the next few days in the teens. Calgary got hammered with another snow storm yesterday and I am sure there will be one last reminder in May. Thanks for reading Lynette. Happy Saturday. Allan

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    1. Thanks Marion. Typically on these walks, we do not go into shops. If we have to, we can pill the spikes off the boot. They are shaped kind of like toe rubbers for dress shoes. No spikes needed these days. Everything is bare and dry. Thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. Maybe we should have put our skates on and spread our arms, so the wind pushed us. May have been a bit of trouble getting home though. Today will be a nice snow and ice free day. I may even get my garden raked out. Thanks for reading Linda. Allan

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    1. Today is bright and sunny here Luisa. I even managed to rake out some planting beds. No planting for a few weeks yet, but there is progress. Thanks for reading. Hope your grey day gets sunny. Allan 🌺🌻🌼🌷🤗

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    1. I think it struck home with me whew I got home and looked at the photos. My original title was going to be Blue Sky Day (hence the sky photo). It may be cold here in winter, but we are blessed with sunny skies most days. Thanks for reading Ann. Allan

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