Category Archives: Canada

Groundhog Day

The basic idea behind Groundhog Day is that the groundhog’s shadow will determine if we have an early spring or six more weeks of winter. This has always confused me because where I live these are pretty much the same … Continue reading

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Finally

At long last we are seeing the first signs of spring. And the first, very tentative, signs of new growth. As you no doubt are beginning to suspect, running water is one of my favorite things about spring. It brings … Continue reading

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Ephemeral

It all comes down to perspective. Viewed through the lens of quantum physics, pretty much everything we see, no matter how fleeting, persists for eternity. On the other hand, compared to the age of a star, or even a mountain … Continue reading

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All Good Things Must Come To An End…

As we were packing for Vancouver the weather forecast showed rain for the full week. Compared to the snow in Ottawa, rain sounded pretty decent, so we were only a little disappointed. The light drizzle on our hike to Crystal … Continue reading

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Crystal Falls

Our first day in Vancouver was cool and overcast with light drizzle. It was wonderful. At home it’s cold and snowing. We hiked along a forest trail up to Crystal Falls, enjoying the fresh air and amazing scenery. The moss … Continue reading

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Context is Everything

Any idea what this might be? Cotton batting? Styrofoam? Without context, it’s difficult to say. As it happens, this is a swimming pool. Yesterday. Needless to say, no one seemed all that enthusiastic about actually swimming. The good news is … Continue reading

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58 Days and Counting

In the fall they lower the water level in the Rideau canal and let the surface freeze. Once it gets cold enough, and the ice is thick enough, they sweep the ice and flood the surface most every night. As … Continue reading

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