Monday, December 03, 2012

Dashing through the snow Old Man Winter nips at our heels.

It’s that time of year again, when Old Man Winter dusts the local mountains and chills the air.

Today, as I write this post, the beautiful North Shore mountain range is cloaked in a blanket of rain laden clouds. It is a cold, damp, overcast day...typical of this time of year.

Of course up in those higher elevations the rain is falling as snow and on the next sunny day this is what you will see.

View of Downtown Vancouver and North Shore Mountains
Click on photo to enlarge

My Header and Background are derived from this photo, taken last year on a walk about I took over to Queen Elizabeth Park, where the view, on a sunny day, is spectacular.

Enjoy the links within this post they will take you on a little visual walk about around beautiful Vancouver, BC.

Other links with photos taken in and around Vancouver:
Just the prescription...for clearing your mind (Downtown and the Convention Centre)


Cheers, Jenny

45 comments:

  1. so very beautiful, Jenny.
    karen

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    1. Thank you, Karen - I am indeed a lucky gal living on this part of the planet. I don't forget it, saying a daily "thank you" to the Universe for making such a pretty place and putting me in the middle of it. :)

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  2. I always feel astounded and taken back by the beautiful sights you have on this blog Jenny and once again this doesn't fail to disappoint. Your city is wonderful Jenny, a real treat to see during Summer and even Winter. I'd like to visit Vancouver one day, I loved Toronto when I went to visit five or so years ago.

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    1. Wel,l you know, Matthew, you've got an open invitation in this part of the world...just let me know when I need to make up the guest bed! :) (I hope you bring along a dear friend of ours too)

      It is indeed a wonderful city - I feel very lucky to live here. :)

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  3. Brrr!! So strange to see that snow in the background after I had my windows opened all day. We reached almost the 70's today for some bizarre reason. What a beautiful scene, Jenny!

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    1. Funny you should mention being in the 70's...just prior to last week we were having unusually high temperatures for this time of year. But, that lasted two minutes as Old Man Winter put his foot down and declared he'd arrived bearing gifts. (well, at least it's not a frozen tundra, or a massive flood, or any of the other terrible weather anomalies OMW has up his sleeve - yup, I'll take cold and damp any day)

      This photo is to remind me, all my pals living in the vicinity, that these gorgeous winter days are still ahead of us. :)

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    2. And now that weather is headed to us tomorrow! =P

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    3. Funny thing was this morning the heavens were blue and the clouds were gone...then, two hours later back in the soup we were.

      I packed with my brolly, my layers of outerwear, heels (for work) boots for walking, gloves and scarf...what I've needed so far is just the outer most outerwear (folded the two sweaters) and even kept my heels on.

      But, as I look out the window I know I will need the whole shebang because those ominous rain laden clouds are mocking me. (Bastards!) I'm almost sensing those clouds might be snow laden...feel it in my rickety old bones. :P

      I think "that" weather is here to stay...might be that OMW is thinking of bringing you your own sweet treat! Enjoy it! :) ;)

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  4. Wow! That is just stunning! :-)

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    1. Thanks Ermie - glad you could drop by and enjoy the view! :)

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  5. wow gorgeous mountain view leaves me speechless

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    1. Thanks Becca - hence my short post...I'm often left speechless too. It really is something to behold in person. Maybe one day you'll find yourself in my neck of the woods and I'll be able to show you around. :)

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  6. That's a beautiful photo Jenny. What a view!
    I had to laugh though, your description of rain laden clouds and it being cold, damp and overcast matches exactly what I can see from my window right now - and it's meant to be Summer here! Although I suspect your definition of cold is a bit different to ours ;-)
    Enjoy the beauty of the scene, and have a wonderful Christmas.
    Sue

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    1. Looks like Old Man Winter is making the rounds! Seems a lot of places are getting an earlier than expected visit from the old boy!

      Cold is needing a parka, fur lined boots and a good hat; here in Vancouver cold means layers of clothing, good rubber boots, a scarf, maybe mittens...all things that can be added and removed quickly. If and when it really becomes winter and we get a nice dusting of snow in the city it might mean hauling out the aforementioned cold weather clothing.

      While I definitely have winter clothing for winter sports, in the city I haven't had a "winter coat", as such, in years...I just layer under my durable running jacket and away I go. Ah, such is West Coast living! :)

      And, Sue...I wish you and yours all the best for Christmas too! Hugs

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  7. Sometimes I think the 'one thousand words' analogy grossly underestimates the value and healing qualities an image has to offer. What a beautiful part of the world. Best wishes. Jeff.

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    1. You hit it on the nail, Jeff.
      On my laptop I have five different desktops and each has a different image of this "beautiful part of the world" - sometimes I just sit and enjoy the effects of looking at one of these images: calming, soothing, energizing, revitalizing...makes me smile every time.

      Thank you for dropping by and taking in the beauty I call home. With smiles, Jenny

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  8. Someday it would be nice to head up north. It is just beautiful your way.

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    1. Just let me know, Ruth, when that day might be...and I'm your guide! Seems no matter the time of year this city, and surrounding countryside always has something special to offer. :)

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  9. Hi Jenny - must come back and see Vancouver from the distance - I'm sure I'll visit again someday especially with family on the Island.

    Love the shots - it looks stunning .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Keep me in the loop, Hilary, if you find yourself planning a trip this way...I'd love to meet and show you around...I'm the unofficial tour guide of my fair city. :)

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  10. You've some gorgeous scenery there. Much of it is similar to the West Coast in Ireland where I grew up. The mountains, the lakes and we also had the ocean, all in driving distance.

    You seem to enjoy and appreciate your home and that's a rare and beautiful thing.

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    1. I would love to get over to Ireland, a girlfriend took a tour of Ireland a few years back and she was ready to pack up her bags and move...she was blown away by the beauty.

      I know I'm not the only one that is lucky with living in a gorgeous place...there are quite a few of these gems the world over. I'm glad you live in such a place too! :)

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  11. Vancouver really is the most beautiful city! I miss those mountains. Mnt Benson, behind us, is finally showing signs of winter coming. Happy week to you, Jenny! xo

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    1. Just for you, Carole! I know you miss them...I would too. But if you have a lovely mountain in your line of vision than you are one of the lucky ones too!

      When I lived over on the Island, Mt. Washington was the mountain I focused on! Ah...if you can't live in the place you love, love where you live and be happy! Right?!

      How's your art walk preparations going?...busy, busy, busy, I imagine! :)

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    2. Hi Jenny, I can't seem to keep up with writing blog entries, reading the blogs I follow, creating art, and hugging my two new grand babies!

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  12. Gorgeous city, Jenny! I want to visit there!!
    Thank you so much for your beautiful and encouraging comment. you are one of the reasons I blog :) :)
    xoxo

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    1. Joanna - let me know if you plan a trip - we'll work in a lovely tour of Vancouver and the surrounding countryside...I'm always doing tours! I think it should be my next occupations. :)

      I'm touched, deeply, by your comment...thank you. Hugs to you.

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  13. OMG! I just read your older post about your daughter who is an animator!! wow, Jenny! (pls don't show her my film!!) Lol
    I am so impressed, and she's working on her cool tablet. wow! That's what I was researching (intuos tablets) when I came across the animation software.
    you must be so proud of her :)
    xoxo
    ps. ok...this must be a sign that I must continue my efforts.
    this made my day :)

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    1. Actually, I am letting her know about your little film...if you have any questions she's the person to ask, just pop over to her website and there's an "Ask Me" button...she loves (and I mean really loves) to help and share her knowledge. So....do ask!

      Miss CP will be able to point you in the right directions when it comes to tablets and programs and how not to get caught in the money pit...these things can be a small fortune!

      And yes, I am extremely proud of my girl...I love watching her use her Cintiq. Right now on her website is a link to the making of her Christmas card...it is very cool to watch.

      Yes...this is a sign that you must continue. I look forward to seeing more animated films over at your place. Good luck! :)

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  14. Gorgeous...simply breathtaking. You have such a beautiful eye for detail and sense of place. Wow!

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    1. Well thanks Melissa...I think with this kind of a view it's not hard to capture it without too much difficulty. Mind you, getting it on a cloud free day is the real trick...I still aim for that, but alas there's always a cloud or two wanting in on the action.

      Yesterday...when the sky cleared it was such an amazing blue it took my breath away, but the mountains were still behind their screen, still dressing for winter I suppose...gosh they do take their time!

      Anyway, one of these days I will get my winter scene, cloud free with azure blue sky and then I can really crow! :)

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  15. There's magic in those mountains girl. It starts just by seeing them!

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    1. So true, Bushman, so true...just seeing them I feel the magic. Sometimes when I'm driving to work I will pull over and take them in...as if they will be gone tomorrow. I do love seeing my mountains in their many different shades of nature.

      This time of year, in their winter whites, they appears so close I feel I could reach out and touch the snow. I'm hoping to try my luck at snowboarding...wanted to last year but here I am still thinking about it!

      Thanks for stopping by...I always smile when I see your avatar in my comment area! :)

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  16. It looks beautiful. I love the way you've incorporated the view into your blog!

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    1. Hi Golden Eagle - your avatar sits perfectly in this post...on one of the tree tops! I have been having lots of fun playing with my background and header sets. I'm curious as to whether it looks the same on someone else's computer as on mine.

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  17. I LOVE Vancouver. It's such a great, beautiful city. Nice to revisit, thanks to you.

    Be well, Jenny.
    xoRobyn

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    1. Sounds like you've been here before! I like sharing my city and when I capture it in such a beautiful light, with a dusting of snow, I can hardly contain my delight and have to put it here for everyone to enjoy...even if it is only through a photo.

      Thanks for stopping by Robyn, much appreciated! Best of the season to you and yours. :)

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  18. That's where snow belongs. Far, far away on the tops of mountains.
    Rain and Snow As Viewed Through the Prism of Different Generations
    My Younger Days (yes, there was once a time)
    They: I hear it's going to be a mild winter. Not much snow. Pretty much just rain.
    Me: What? No, screw that!!! I love the snow!!
    Present Day:
    They: I hear it's going to be a mild winter. Not much snow. Pretty much just rain.
    Me: Well, thank God for that!! I HATE shoveling all that frikkin' snow.

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    1. Hey Al - thanks for sharing your views (throughout the generations) on snow. I'm in the same think tank with you! (more like a shark tank, but hey...)

      I love it on those wee hills way more than I like it in the "valley of crazy drivers" - Me...I'd rather walk or bus it when the snow hits our streets because it really is a nightmare. :)

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  19. Such an awesome pic. **sigh** I miss being around real mountains.

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    1. You know I do this for you, right...but you know what I miss - you posting! Life just isn't the same without a little Attitude and Pepper Spray! :)

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  20. A lovely city. I know Canadians always laugh when I say it - but I wish I lived in Canada :)

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    1. I wished you lived here too, Dezzie dear - we'd have soooo much fun turning this town upside down. :P

      So...just let me know when you've booked your flight! :)

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  21. Oh WOW...what a view! My husband works with something who goes on a fishing trip every year to Vancouver. I showed my husband your picture. Bet he will want to go on that fishing trip now. He's been invited twice. What a blessing to go to and from work with such lovely mountains around you. Truly amazing. I've got that travel bug again!

    xo Jenny!

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    1. Fishing off the West Coast is amazing (I'm a bit of a fishing nut) - I've always wanted to fly into one of those remote fishing camps and see what I can reel in. Lucky hubby of yours to be invited on those trips - he really should give it a go.

      If you've got the travel bug this is the place to come - maybe you can come up with your husband and while he's fishing you can enjoy Vancouver - let me know if you do I'll be your tour guide!

      As to the mountains, seeing them daily (when they are not hidden by cloud cover) is truly a highlight of my day. "Truly amazing" sums it up nicely, Lisa!

      Thanks for your lovely comment. Hugs.

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Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts.

I'd give you a penny for them, but alas we just snuffed it out. Yup...gone!
It's all about the nickel now...so at this rate you can leave 5 thoughts!

Cheers, Jenny

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