“The autumn wind blows through
Little Pines-a lovely name-
Bush clover and pampas, too.”
The weather of autumn and winter 2016/17 has been more like it used to be in the old days here in Vancouver. Before climate change brought warmer winters, we had more snow and ice, and more pronounced seasons than we’ve been experiencing for the past few decades.
Here on the south coast of B.C., this past autumn and winter have been different, starting with a cold snap in early November of 2016. We’ve had three notable snowfalls during this exceptional winter. It seems that “climate change” does not necessarily signify warmer weather all the time, but it does mean unpredictability and changes in climatic conditions. It was unseasonably cold from November right through until early February, and our heating bills can attest to that fact! We’re back to milder weather now, and spring is on the way.
Here’s a retrospective of photos taken from October 2016 to early February 2017.
Blue Pumpkin with Spanish Chestnut & Hazelnut…Cotoneaster berries in vase…Canadian Thanksgiving, October 2016
Japanese Maple tree, Autumn colour, 2016
“Every leaf a miracle”…
Schizostylis (Crimson flag), Autumn 2016
“To create a little flower
is the labour of ages.”
Super Moon & Clouds over Vancouver, November 14, 2016…the closest the moon has been to the Earth in 68 years. Photo taken from Trimble Park, W. 8th Ave. & Discovery St.
Winter sun & shadows…
“Beauty lies not in objects, but in the interaction between the shadow and light created by objects.”
–Junichiro Tanizaki, in his essay “In Praise of Shadows”. (1933)
Blue sky, white clouds & Blue Atlas Cedar tree…December, 2016
And then it snowed. Three little trees at the edge of Pacific Spirit Park on West 16th Ave.
Hollyburn mountain, West Vancouver housing developments, freighters visible in Burrard Inlet, all seen over the rooftop of West Point Grey Academy, next to Trimble Park, (aka West Point Grey Park).
Grouse & Seymour mountains at sunset. Stanley Park is visible, stretching out into Burrard Inlet.
Snowy West Point Grey sidewalk, December 2016
“Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter,