Waiting for the snow that is. In most years Edmonton would by now have snow on the ground (the last of which wouldn’t disappear until sometime in April). This year though, we’ve been lucky and yesterday I was able to get out for a bike ride and capture a few photos of the valley landscape (mostly in Rundle and Dawson Parks).
Although the ground is not covered by snow the temperatures have been consistently below freezing for the last week or two. As a result, ponds (such as the one at Rundle Park) have developed a thin layer of ice (not enough for skating yet, but able to support the weight of a goose)
Canada Geese on the Rundle Park pond
Another of the Rundle Park ponds has been drained for winter.
Dry Pond and Larch
Bridge between Rundle and Goldbar Parks
Looking West Across the Valley (downtown Edmonton in the distance on the left)
The Riverbank in Dawson Park
Bike Path through Dawson Park
To see more photos from this day, featuring scenes form the bike path, visit my cycling blog: Zen Cyclist.
The snow started in the morning and City plow/sanding truck were already out.
Ah, winter in Edmonton – Today (2014 November 27) we got our first real taste of it, for this winter of 2014/15. Sure we’ve already had a few centimeters of snow and few days with windchills below -20C but there is nothing like a blizzard to make it real. There are 10 to 15 cm on the ground (and maybe another 10 to come) and with enough wind to cause drifting. The roads are a mess and driving is slow and frustrating.
But, as the snow came down during the day and conditions got worse and worse I was perversely looking forward to my 25 minute walk home. Why the glee? Well isn’t it obvious? Nothing says prime photography conditions like blowing snow and a -25 temperature (with windchill) – and oh did I mention that it would be dark? Well not completely dark, there are the street lights and the lights from vehicles and the glowing light reflected from the snow in the sky. All in all, I thought there was a good chance to capture some interesting images and perhaps even some beautiful ones. This is what I came up with:
A tow truck poised at the top of a river valley hill just waiting…
Evening commuters crawl down Dawson Road in Edmonton’s river valley
Lights from across the valley
“Stairs in the Snow”
Snow sparkling in the sky over Riverdale
“Deliveries to Make” – Pulling a wagon through the snow