Memories of Winters Past

As winter strengthens its icy grip in these part — it’s only slightly over 0F as I post this — lately I have been perusing previous pictures of winter at the cottage. I have almost had to do this as despite some recent glorious snow, ice and sunny days locally, I have felt too under the weather to go about snapping pictures in the cold. Winter certainly brings more than its share of energy sapping viruses.

We’re likely to be snow covered for another two months or more, so there may be more local opportunities. The first snow to fall and remain came on December 23, followed by another on Christmas Day. Naturally, more has followed and any number of shovellings has been required. In the Ottawa Valley, we can usually expect to be snow covered for at least three months and frequently four months or more, unlike more western parts of southern Ontario where the snow often melts away for periods or at least doesn’t remain for quite so long.

Winter Photos

Morning light from the back stoop of the cottage

Via Snowshoe

Cuppa, showshoeing by the barn

The Wood is Burning

Smoke from wood burning in the furnace

Down the Driveway in the Gloaming

Down the lane toward the farmhouse in the gloaming

The Old Road

Looking along the former road just inside the property line

Reach for the Stars

An attempt at an inspirational poster

Walking on the Water

Cuppa, snowshoeing on the river


Not taken at the cottage but a photo from that era

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15 Responses to Memories of Winters Past

  1. Ginger says:

    Wow. All are lovely, but the blue-framed ones are especially gorgeous! We have snow with a hard crust of ice on it out there today. It’ll be interesting driving…

  2. Hilary says:

    Very beautiful photos, AC but I especially love the night images and that adorable deer.

  3. Kila says:

    Usually snow makes me look away, but these are beautiful photos. Photos 1, 5 and 6 are my favorites. 🙂

  4. KGmom says:

    Lovely scenes of winter. I take it you also have had less snow than usual?
    We had snow this morning–the first of the winter.
    We did have an earlier snow storm–at the end of October. Crazy weather.

  5. Today we had a full day of rain, so it was lovely to see these photos tonight, AC. Hope you got to the cottage before all that snow fell.

  6. I enjoy seeing you stretch your photography and editing skills. Love the poster and also the red barn shots.

  7. Mary says:

    I long for this kind of beautiful snow and some time up at the farm. I hope I can get up there in the next couple of months.

    It was 6 degrees today and it rained consistently throughout the day. The skies were grey and it was, generally, just a really crappy day.

    I know the snow can be a terrible pain but I’d take a bit right now. It would sure beat this rain.

  8. Diana says:

    Even though it can be tiresome and unwanted at times, still, it makes for some beautiful photos. It also reminds me of winters in Chicago. I can’t honestly say that I miss it. The winters that is not the city itself which is beautiful! Love Di ♥

  9. Oh! I don’t know how you get the smoke to do that but it’s SO cool looking Ac!
    Love the shots! And what a cute deer…
    Oh, and you’re Good! My B&W shot of Sam WAS cropped! Look at the door to the left…
    Stay Warm!!!

  10. Ginnie says:

    As always your pictures are awesome! I’m embarassed to say that our temp. got to 69 today!

  11. Ruth says:

    Beautiful winter scenes. I am getting tired of the rain, freezing rain and muck this winter.

  12. Pearl says:

    oh! deer! close up too. the smoke out the chimney is an awesome shot.

  13. QMM says:

    Wow those are some awesome shots. Looks like you are both enjoying the snow. Did you get out and go snowshoeing too? I have making posters too. Love that photo enhancement.

  14. Mary G says:

    Inspiring. Today looks like a good bet to take some more beauties. Before it all goes to hell tomorrow.

  15. Dimple says:

    I love these, John, especially the first. Winter light is breathtaking sometimes!

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