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Friday, 27 March 2020

Spring around here

These days, my husband and I are on the boardwalk any day the weather permits. Since we are not seeing our grandchildren, family or friends, except via technology, the outdoors and exercise are more important than ever.


Since pandemic isolation keeps us physically away from others, keeping up with fellow bloggers is important too. The signs of spring in your blogs are spectacular as bulbs erupt and bloom and trees blossom. Even the autumn looks of Australia and New Zealand are filled with colour. As we walk here, we look for signs of spring around us, though they don’t involve colour. Here, disappearing ice and snow signal spring. These photos were taken just over a week in time. They show the melting ice, shifting and thinning sea ice and melting snow. 


From the bridge, looking out to the harbour, 





the snow covered ice gave way to clear ice 





which then melted.





When it’s windy, the sea ice moves around. The Northumberland Strait 





which was full of ice a few days ago is now open, with ice predominantly along the shoreline of the island.





Along the walkway, 





the snow is disappearing as well.





While there aren’t any blossoms or blooms, our time in the spring air as the temperature rises gives us hope for the colour to come and the end of the pandemic.




30 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

The huge pile of snow on our lawn, from clearing the driveway, is close to being gone. This is actually a little early for it, and it is not so much due to warm weather as to wet weather.

DJan said...

I'm glad to see that the snow is beginning to recede. I look forward to seeing the first of your pretty spring blossoms. Stay safe, Marie. I so enjoy your posts. :-)

Boud said...

Does it all smell different when the thaw gets under way?

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Enjoy those walks!

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

I'll bow to your local knowledge but it looks very wintry to my English eyes. I'm glad you're still able to get out for walks.

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

I would the think seeing the snow melt is a happy sight. It is a beautiful place to walk, love the views! Enjoy your day, happy weekend!

Danielle L Zecher said...

My husband happened to walk by and saw your pictures. He stopped to see the rest of them and is very envious of your snow. I think you have more in the "beginning to melt" phase than we had all winter. Not that I'm complaining about that! Our high today is supposed to be around 82 degrees, and is supposed to be a record for us. I'm enjoying the sunshine.

bill burke said...

Love your walks, something I need to do more often. The snow is receding and then new growth will begin to rise.

Shammickite said...

It's wonderful to see the snow disappearing isn't it? It means that spring is on the way. But we need a gentle spring, no big rainfalls and no big snowstorms. Just glide gently into warmer weather.

Elephant's Child said...

Loving the elegance, the beauty and the hope in these photographs.
Stay well, stay safe.
And thank you.

The Padre said...

Such Beautiful Photos - Thanx For Sharing Your Part Of The World With Us - Big Hugs

Cheers

Barbara said...

Thank goodness we still have Nature to look forward to in this New Normal.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Lovely scenes. We also, still have some snow and definitely no blooms yet.

At Home In New Zealand said...

It is amazing how quickly things change - it will be summer again before you know it. I enjoy going with you on your walks, your surrounds are so different to ours. Stay happy :) xx

Mage said...

I long to walk again. These jaunts you share are wonderful.

Joanne Noragon said...

I remember these sorts of pictures a year ago. Hard to believe we've had a trip around the sun.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

For those of us who are able to get outside it is really important to do so. The change of scenery and the sense of not being confined is really significant to our well-being I find. My wife and I had a glorious walk around a local lake yesterday, and were easily able to maintain social distancing from others (not many I must say) who were doing the same thing,

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Must be wonderful to see the first signs of melting snow Marie, although looking at it through eyes that are so tired of hot weather it look pretty gorgeous :) I don't think it will be long before you see the more colourful signs of spring.

Barb said...

Our world looks alot like yours (except no sea!). We got a bit more snow overnight. It's lovely that you can walk for exercise. We continue to get outside, too. It's quiet now in our neighborhood and town.

Goldendaze-Ginnie said...

Your whole area looks so pristine to me. It's like a breath of fresh air to see it. Thanks Marie.

Rhodesia said...

You are so lucky that you can go out. We are totally in lockdown. Keep well Diane

Rose said...

The land is awakening...and I am glad. I just hope we don't get a hard freeze now. I enjoyed your photos...cannot imagine living where it still looks like that.

Debbie said...

gorgeous captures marie, i really enjoyed all of them!! we are on lockdown here in new jersey, i don't think we are allowed to leave the house. we have gone for a few rides in the car but i always feel guilty. we are going to do some yard work tomorrow, fresh air without the guilt!!

stay well!!

Retired Knitter said...

We never had snow this year. I love snow. And ... still ... spring is on its way here and it can't come soon enough.

Down by the sea said...

Amazing still seeing so much snow still, it is easy with a week of sunshine to forget that other countries are that much colder! Sarah x

Liz Hinds said...

Wow! It's amazing to see, especially the sea ice. That is so impressive.

Stewart M said...

We have had wonderful autumn weather here - which makes it harder to stay home (some people have not!) - but I am grateful to have a garden to sit in.

I hope that in some small way our community of blogs helps people in these crazy times.

Hope all is well - Stewart M - Melbourne

Catarina said...

Loved the pictures!!
We are snow free!!!

baili said...

Finally :)

happy snow melting and happy arrival of spring dear friend :)
i am so happy you are about to receive nature's delightful colors and smiles around you
enjoy and stay well !

William Kendall said...

Beautiful!