My back yard was just starting to wake up. The rhodos were flowering. The forscythia is in full bloom, and the buds on the lilacs are starting to swell. I hope this untimely snow fall doesn't damage them.
This lilac bud is shrouded in ice. I love the way the light comes though the ice crystals. You can even see the fuzz on the freshly unfurled, baby leaves.
I was thinking of starting a series called Macro Mondays but I am so excited about these I couldnt wait to share them.But I did get one shot that is amazing, and I will hold that one back until Monday.
Ive had a few comments over time, from various Bloggers, who are confused about the rarity of our snow, and the mild winter conditions. "You live in Canada, I thought it was a winter wonderland up there"? We are in an area of Canada that is very mild. In the South West corner of British Columbia, Canada. Just a few minutes North of the Canada-U.S. boarder. Less than three hours north of Seattle. Do you think of an arctic environment when you think of Seattle? We are less than an hour inland from the Pacific Ocean. Running along our coast, is Vancouver Island, which acts as a breaker for the worst of the winter storms coming in from the ocean. We are nestled at the foot of the Coastal Mountains. Just the other side of them is the South Okanagan, which is a desert. There is a town there called Osoyoos, which holds the record for hot spot of Canada, with summer temperatures getting as warm as Texas. The other side of that valley is the Rockies, which shelter us from most of the cold fronts coming out of the East and North. We rarely get below freezing. Though we do get a heck of a lot of rain. However, what rain we get down here, falls as snow in the local mountains. Our closest ski resort in North Vancouver is on Mount Seymour. They have a five meter base. Thats alot of snow, one of the best years ever. We are hoping for it to be as plentiful in 2010, when Vancouver will be hosting the Winter Olympics.One of the coolest things to see on our local slopes is the spring skiers, who can ski at mid day withoutjackets. Yes folks, come to Vancouver in April and ski in your short sleeves.
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