Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Snowshots

I ventured outside to give you a glimpse of what it's like around here after the big storm. We have already had more than half our normal annual snowfall and it isn't technically even winter yet. Above, you see the train tracks viewed from the bridge.

The restaurant across the street.

The wind howled all day yesterday and sculpted the snow. It looks like a view of a distant planet's surface to me.

The sun is low in the sky, even at noon time.

Hard to believe, but we don't live in the mountains.

The street next to our house. The sidewalks are too treacherous, so people walk in the street.

The car is inside the garage. Notice the 6 foot pile of snow the city bulldozed in front of it (fuckers!). I've got to get it dug out before tomorrow when I need to use the car.

Finally, the view from our front door. And yes, it is as cold as it looks.

29 comments:

christopherc said...

The sight of freshly fallen snow is enchanting, deceptively so, for as you later pointed out someone has to work a lot to get things cleared out and navigable around the stuff.

Ahh, the joys of our entertainment and labors!

-C

Anonymous said...

It is supposed to warm up here and be in the 40's for Christmas. Torn, be careful while digging out the car. Take several breaks and don't over due it. Maybe take turns digging with serge. The pictures of snow cover look nice but very cold. Ed

dbv said...

BRRRR...

Timmy said...

so pretty!

CoffeeDog said...

I would not be happy w/all that snow

Patricia said...

i wonder what this means for the rest of the season :|

David said...

I shan't complain about the weather here in NYC ever again.

bardelf said...

Your photos are spectacular. I find it disheartening, however, to read that many parts of Quebec have received so much snow, and winter doesn't officially begin until this weekend. My friends in Newfoundland have already had some fierce wintry storms, too.

Here in eastern North Carolina it is a very chilly morning, with temps in the mid-20s F. Time to huddle together and keep warm!

Fatinah said...

makes me feel so homesick looking at these pictures...20 years living out west and we are having a brown Christmas again....

RoxRocks said...

The Weather Channel keeps saying that this will be a winter of extreme conditions for us Canadians. I say when the hell isn't it?

You need to call the city and complain about your six foot dump of snow in what looks to be a clearly marked "do not park" area! Bastards!

Shirley Heezgay! said...

The views are similar out my windows, too.

I live in a neighbourhood that probably won't get plowed for another 4 or 5 days.

Cars parked every which way,,,looks like a battlefield.

Stay warm, and congratulations on the Verve award!!!

mainja said...

interestingly, that's what Toronto looked like on Sunday, and kind of yesterday too.

But last night they finally ploughed our street, so I'm going to get the shovel and dig out the car and head out I think...

don said...

You have a St. H across the street? Drool...

Your pics remind me how happy I am to be flying to Hawaii on Sunday.

Belle Neige Tabernac!

Java said...

I like the picture of the train tracks, especially since you posted the same scene last week. I get to see the difference from then to now. I've been wondering about the sun shine and day length there. You are so far north of me here in South Carolina, I figured this time of year you wouldn't get a whole lot of sun.
I've never ever seen that much snow in all my life. And Damn! How do you move a 6' pile of snow? I'd be so lost. Or SOL.

Doug said...

Those pics make our 50-degree weather feel downright hot.

Lewis said...

I remember living in Anchorage...with similar snow piles.....they seem to always leave the piles right WHERE WE DON'T WANT THEM...like in front of the garage. Why???????????????
Be careful......it looks horrible.

em said...

Oh, I'm so very jealous. I mean, I know I would get tired of the snow shoveling, but dang, I miss winter.

jali said...

I am sooo NOT jealous. I've had years and year of that and I'm happy to be in the south. If it snows more that 3 snowflakes here the city shuts down.

TJ said...

I know it looks all white, pure and pretty but we also know it has it's downside. Hopefully you will find a happy medium. Stay warm and stay safe but at the same time Enjoy!

Dantallion said...

...ooo..ooo...and the TRAFFIC -- people who don't know how to drive in winter, navigating their way around huge MOUNDS of snow...while the city spends the next 10 days trying to clear it all away...ahhh it's going to be a great week...

cameron5408 said...

Who needs the gym when you can get your strenuous workout right in front of your house! ;)

But please don't get a heart attack.

Mark in DE said...

Very beautiful, but I'd hate to have to shovel it. Perhaps you should have asked Santa for a snow blower instead of an iTouch.

I've heard that in Chicago they scoop up the snow and truck it out of the city in huge dump trucks, as there's no place to plow it. Do they do that in Montreal?

Mark :-)

GayProf said...

Suddenly the five inches I shoveled from my driveway doesn't seem nearly so bad.

Polt said...

Cold? Absolutely. Beautiful? Absolutely. You brave for venturing out to get us photos? Absolutely. Are we appreacitive? Absolutely.

HUGS...

Truthspew said...

Here in Providence, RI we didn't get nearly as much snow as you did. However it was annoy-o-snow here since temps shot up a bit into the mid 40's which cause enough melt for ice. It's a real mess here, particularly after Sunday's Snow/Sleet/Rain/Freeze.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kd1s/sets/72157603461797471/

Frank said...

I love the photos. Thanks. I think that if I faced that pile outside my garage I might not move the car before the thaw.

Here it's rain, rain, rain. But then it is the Pacific Northwest. I wouldn't mind a freeze just to get rid of the mud.

I just noted that the air fare to Montreal has dropped. Maybe I'll fly over (we're about the same latitude).

And don't over do the shoveling!

The Persian said...

*brrr* those pics make me feel cold. It's bad down here in Massachusetts, but not nearly that bad.

I love the photos tho :)

Willym said...

Damn you're making me homesick again - almost wish I were back amongst the snow and cold - notice I said almost.

Wait a minute I just thought of having to shovel all that snow off the 2nd floor balcony onto the walk below and the shovelling it again off the walk... homesick moment passed!

Steven said...

And, now it's pouring rain.

Here comes the ice! Woo hoo!