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Winter has its own beauty. It is a time of contrasts between dark and light, of blues and whites, silvers and subtle pinks. The ground is carpeted with white, trees are decorated in frost or draped in blankets of snow. On a Canadian winter evening you may feel the nip of the cold but you might also hear the sound of snow flakes falling like quiet cat steps, and see the rainbow glints of light reflecting off of ice. Stand among the trees in the quiet and the cold and see beauty all around.
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Photo 1. Aspen trees thrive in the foothills of the Eastern Rockies. While many other deciduous trees can not handle the sudden temperature shifts of the climate in Western Alberta. The temperature may change by more than 30 degrees celsius in a number of hours due to the warm winds called Chinooks. Aspens are superbly adapted to the environment and on days when the frost comes they are beautiful.
Photo 2. Winter nights have their own colours and beauty. Purples and pinks, silvers and greys, blacks and blues with a little rose thrown in from distant lights. I love the sharp contrasts and silhouettes.
Photo 3. Here is what you should know about winter in Canada. It is cold. You will encounter snow and ice. You will see your breath when you breathe. Your face may hurt, the days are short and the nights long. And when the snow falls and blankets the ground and trees it is peaceful and beautiful and it is still cold.
Photo 4. Black Tree, Blue Ice. In early evening, the black silhouette of a young tree set against the blue hues of river ice.
Photo 5. A still night in Bowness Park, Calgary with heavy snowflakes falling and the air cold and clean. The trees a dark and perfect contrast to the white and pale blue hues of the snow and sky.
Photo 6. Late afternoon light leaves the snow a hue of light blue and the sky a subtle shade of pink on a snowy day in Confederation park in Calgary, Alberta.
Photo 7. The first hours or days after a snowfall, before the wind strips the snow from the branches, the coniferous trees are dressed in elegant blankets of snow. there is a majestic beauty, a sense of purity with the new snow. Among the trees, the world is peaceful, still and lovely.
Photo 8. Trees line a snow covered path while another intrepid soul wanders the park in a snow storm. You would think that no one would be out in a snowstorm in the park in the late afternoon but the cold doesn't bother... some of us,
Photo 9. A wander through poplar trees on a chill winter day has its own rewards. Every season has it's beauty even winter. Coyotes, squirrels, rabbits, mice and an assortment of overwintering birds remain active here in the winter time.
Photo 10. A dark spruce, framed in the silhouettes of aspen trees against a violet-grey sky and a dark blue hued snowy foreground. Winter in Canada has its own harsh beauty.
Photo 11. As a photographer, I am always drawn to light on water and the many different manifestations of colour and beauty that are showcased at different seasons and different times of day. I love the contrasts, the textures, and the lines.
Photo 12. Winter light on the river gives play to hues of blues and silvers,
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