hey, it’s winter!

snow! i woke up to snow this morning: not a lot, just a dusting, and a crunchy-icy sheen all over the road and sidewalks. if it were sunny, everything would be all sparkly, i’m sure. as it stands, the sky’s all grey… does this mean more snow on the horizon?

(the weather reports say no.)

growing up in southern ontario, i saw a lot of snow as a kid, and for the most part i loved it. my parents were firm believers in no-children-in-the-house-during-daylight-hours, so i suppose we had to learn to love it… but regardless, i was happy. my thoughts on the matter changed a little when i got into cycling, because even in the city, it’s hard to ride a bike through an ontario winter. that’s one of the reasons i moved west: i wanted to be able to enjoy my bicycle year-round. i still think this was a good decision, because being a part of the bike community out here has been amazing. but! but i dream of snow. as in, my dreams often feature snowy landscapes.

so when it actually does snow here, as it has quite often this past winter, i’m pretty damn thrilled.

talking with Oats this morning, we were speculating as to whether or not the climate is going to stay this way, if we’re going to have cold and snowy winters from now on. the funny thing is, i knew that i’d seen some old photos of this area under snow, during one of my forays into the archives. i fished around on the internet, and learned that there’d been a huge snowstorm in 1916: most of the snow photos that i was remembering were actually from that one event. however, there’s still a number of pictures from other years, showing at least as much snow as we had this year. so, maybe instead of getting more unusual and extreme, the weather is simply returning to a previous part of a long cycle. on the other hand, there’s also this global warming thing going on, and i could be completely wrong. i guess we’ll find out eventually!

in the meantime, it’s interesting to think about where we get our local standards for climate.

from my research, here’s a couple of my favourite pics:

I love this photograph because of the way the light shines off the water; it makes me think of good winter sailing.

i love this photograph because of the way the light shines off the water; it makes me think of good winter sailing. (189?)

this photograph reminds me of toronto, with its brick buildings and blowing flurries.

this photograph reminds me of toronto, with its brick buildings and blowing flurries. (1937)

want to look at more photos? the bc archives has a great online database of visual records, guaranteed to provide hours of entertainment for all!*

*well, maybe all history nerds. up the nerds!

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