2/3/12


Winnipeg winters are known for being bitterly cold. While some relish all the snow sports that the season provides, I much prefer holing up inside with a book (never the sporty type!). However, this winter has been unlike any I can remember. It's been unseasonably warm (which is slightly worrisome, I suppose), with temperatures hovering around zero celsius. Rather than cursing my existence every time I set out the door (even running between the house and the car is horrendous when it's -40° C), I've been enjoying my walks to school and around our neighbourhood.

And to top it all off, we've also woken up to hoar frost the last three mornings. "Hoar" is an Old English adjective for showing signs of age. Apparently the trees and bushes look elderly with their white hair. I think that's a beautiful (and apt!) description!


Last winter (2011).
The winter before that (2010).

42 comments:

  1. I'm not much of a winter gal myself, but I must admit ... it's peaceful looking out there during this time. Thanks for sharing a new word. :)

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  2. I got so chilly looking at those photos. But they are so stunning! And that word, 'hoar' is a perfect description. Never heard it before..

    Maria xx
    www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

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    1. looks cold, but seriously, it's warmer than i can even comprehend right now!

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  3. you are oh-so lucky. right now in texas it's 71 degrees. blech.
    your photos are spectacular! :))
    -jocee <3

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  4. i know just how you feel! today i have a snow day (the perks of working for a school district) and i've been reading/brunching/fire-making all day...

    i bet you're seriously lovin' the unconventional february warmth :)

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  5. Wow. I love your photos. Given I don't live in a place that gets this kind of weather it just seems like a wonderful fantasy land to me. Although I understand it must get so unbearably cold. Here in Australia, as much as I hate to think it about any season, I am finding myself wishing for the end of our hot, humid summer.

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  6. I agree - not usually a fan of our winter but the last few days have been so lovely and have had me spending hours outdoors. Even with the fog the weather has lifted my spirits and made me relaxed as well!

    Happy weekend - lovely photos {as always}!

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  7. oh boo. i think my comment got deleted somehow? Beautiful beautiful photos.

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    1. sorry about that! it somehow got marked as spam, but i moved it out of the spam folder!

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  8. insanely beautiful--yes, hoar frost is the best! our winter has been crazy warm too...in fact, I kinda feel like we've gone from fall straight to spring, ha!

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  9. I KNOWWW it's so great outside now! i love the fog ... although it makes driving in the morning kind of interesting.
    i like those links to past winters - bon iver/her fearful symmetry are two very good things

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    1. bon iver is THE perfect winter music!

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  10. I have loved waking up these past mornings. It's so magical and mysterious outside!! I especially love the first photo in this post, but they are all equally beautiful ♥

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  11. The trees look pretty like that! Even though it's cold there! Brr. I'm surprised it's not colder where I am in VA. We've been having warm weather lately. Fingers crossed it'll stay like that!

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  12. You are so incredibly lucky to have snow and coldness! A CLOUD, even. Here, in California, the seasons are inverse, apparently-- it's been seventy+ degrees every day for the past couple of weeks. I want the cold! And the rain! And the clouds! Anything!

    Those pictures are beautiful, also.

    Jessica | Vixenelle

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  13. Mmm, these are simply lovely pictures. The hoar frost (*smile*) photographs very well!

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  14. these are so beautiful, janis. how do you manage to make me miss winter just a little bit? xo

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    1. first these photos of snow, then picture of poutine one facebook - i think someone is a bit homesick for canada! ;)

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  15. love love love these images, you are inspiring!

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  16. Wonderful images, i love snow pictures!
    I'm your follower now, we could follow each other :)
    If u can, visit:
    http://unknownlooks.blogspot.com/
    See ya!

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  17. ahh, prairie winters. so long, so cold, but so incredibly beautiful. these photos are wonderful, janis!

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  18. we haven't had any snow this winter at all! Which is so crazy for our corner of the mountains. These photos are beautiful

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  19. Love these photos! Love winter. And today - we have snow again! Yay!! ;)

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  20. stumbled on your blog- absolutely loved it! your photos are gorgeous!

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  21. how beautiful. makes me miss snow a bit. haven't seen for a couple of years now!

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  22. beautiful pictures, makes me feel glad I'm wrapped up at home!

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  23. absolutely loving these pictures!! although i do love my hawaiian winters, i must say that seeing these pictures makes me miss the beauty of the cold!

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  24. Thank you for your book suggestions!! I have read the hunger games and looooved them. Matched (the book I am reading now) reminds me a lot of the goodness of the Hunger games. I will check out that love book too. Speaking of love, LOVE all your photos. Your blog inspires me to take more delightful, in the moment type photos. Yours are always so beautiful.

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  25. SO, so beautiful. I've never had a real winter like this (living in San Francisco and what not) but I love that I can (kind of) experience it through your photos.

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  26. beautiful photos, i love hoar frost, but living in Australia we don't get much of that here ;)
    i'm a new reader here, and i already LOVE your blog :)
    http://thepheasantandi.blogspot.com.au/

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  27. i never knew what the frost was called! it was always my favourite thing about winnipeg winters. it's been unbelievably warm here too.

    i used to live in the west end when i was a little kid and these photos remind me of my childhood. that sounds so pretentious but it's true!

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  28. these photos are just to die for, janis. i love the whiteness.

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  29. since we get no snow in Miami I love seeing other people's winter images... lovely!

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  30. wow, i love that first photo. actually, i love them all.

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  31. Amazing photography!

    http://paisley-desireelaidler.blogspot.com/

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