Sunday, April 13, 2008

The first blackfly of spring!


A late snow has covered everything in white, but the bright sun is bringing out early blackflies ANYWAY!

Image: a T-shirt design from a nearby town.

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Saturday, April 05, 2008

Canals on Mars?

No, runoff in the back field, following paths made by the horses.

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Spring treat

It feels like spring here at last, but it was still possible to skate on a runoff pond this morning. I'll bet the sap is running fast today.

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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Inner Norwegian? Nay, real Canadian!

A brilliant little report from Toronto, which ten years ago had a mayor disgrace the city by panicking over snow.

If you are wondering, it's a lot less snowy up here in the Near North.

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Life in the Snowy South

It's been a snowy year in Toronto and southern Ontario generally, much snowier than in my area. A family member sent me this spooky photo of emergency snow removal on the Toronto streets. His camera just gives a hint -- there was a huge line of trucks being filled.

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

More from English Russia

The amateur photojournalists (meant as a compliment) of English Russia continue to present us with great images of "1/6 of the Earth's surface." Today I went back to the site and found two treasures: a portfolio of views of Northern Russia (region unspecified) and a group of pictures from Nazi-occupied Russia.

In connection with the first, I was struck by how little this cold landscape looks like my cold part of Canada (though we had clear blue skies today). In connection with the second, I found it interesting to see how many people used the German presence as an opportunity to hold religious processions.

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Winter wonderland

Snow falls in Baghdad. (From the Associated Press via Yahoo.)

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Winter solstice

It's coming back!

Image: Nguyen Vo photographs snow skiing.


Saturday, December 01, 2007

Here it is again

We had a mild, warm fall until about a week or so ago. If your eyes were well trained, you could still see green in the grass. (After a decade and a half, my eyes can see the slightest speck of green in the landscape; but it wasn't just me, horses were still grazing.)

Now it is really wintry and supposed to stay that way for a long, long time.

Image: This is not our area, but Minnesota, but close enough, close enough.


Monday, July 23, 2007

Tewkesbury: a medieval town's layout revealed by floodwaters

The town of Tewkesbury in England was built around its Abbey and abbey church. Yes, it's rained a lot in England, and not just in Tewkesbury.

From the Guardian, with thanks to Paul Halsall
who said the poster-sized printed version was even more impressive. Indeed, the electronic version accessible from the above link is better than what Blogger can show.

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