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.