Thursday, March 8, 2012

Why So Blue?

Skies were clearly blue last Monday over Elgin Heritage Park thanks to gusty winds that swept away any lingering smog. Winds brought a chill to the park. Even the hardy wildlife wrapped in the warmth of their downy feathers and fur huddled together at a distant shore.

The beginnings of spring decorated the cold bare branches with color.

Birch trees preparing for foliage were dressed in pre-leaf pink.

To my great surprise the wind also blew in snow clouds overnight transforming bright skies to murky white. The cool blue hues of the previous day were chased away and our trip to the park was canceled. These sudden flakes that melted in hours have shocked early bloomers several times this February and March in southwest BC. Weather patterns seem to be changing and the familiar winter rains too often come down as fluffy crystals of ice.

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Copyright by Penelope Puddlisms

19 comments:

  1. I'm always worried about late snow. Here it can be as late as July, of course, or as early as August. LOL
    Love your blue-sky photos, especially the one with the marina. Sigh.
    Coming out mid-May. Might even get to see Holly as I'll be around on Mother's Day.
    Luv, K

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  2. I love the blues and also the spring snow shots. I worry about flowers too as it's not unusual for us to have snow in March although we're usually safe by the late part of the month.

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  3. It looks so much like spring to me! I guess it's the beautiful blue sky.

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  4. Great sequence. The weather is uncertain here also. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  5. Great shots!
    I wish you a Happy Friday!

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  6. Beautiful captures for the day and such lovely skies -- at least you had them for a while!! The weather has been so weird this year!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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  7. The birches are delightful!And with the sky coming through them - lovely! I could see that in a painting.
    I'm slow, but today I realized you are an author of Umbrella I can?

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  8. Very nice shots.

    Regards and best wishes

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  9. Love the variety of your photos and the strange turnaround to snow. . .we had something similar in Minnesota too. Spring is definitely on its way though.

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  10. Although it must be cold ...your pics show a serenity and beauty that warms my heart ... beautifully captured.

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  11. Beautiful captures, - love the promises of spring!!!

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  12. Hi Penelope,

    I was inspired after reading this post to do one myself. It seems that once again, our experiences were in alignment. It was so cold on Monday! I pictured you in the wind taking photographs of the ocean, and remembered the crazy gusts on the Cambie Bridge. As for the colour blue, I have loved it since I was a child. Your post brings out the coolness, but also the sparkling beauty of that hue.

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  13. I love the blues too! I have been out with the camera capturing a lot of that brilliant blue sky. Nice shots!

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  14. Wonderful colours and nice to see the change to spring although Winter is still hanging in the air as I see.

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  15. It was so windy Monday I thought I was going to get blown off the beach path as I was running! I noticed that the windsurfers were out taking advantage og the weather and I think they were enjoying the wind more than I. We missed the snow here.
    Lovely photos, thanks.

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  16. The top shot is a perfect capture for a wonderful day! Love the landscape and colors and the cloud reflection!

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  17. The pale wintry landscape is brightening up little by little. Like pre-leaf pink attire of birch trees, I also love the pinkish or purplish haze of trees before budding. I feel some enormous energy before birth. Weather can be fickle. In spite of the coldest winter in 20 years, we haven’t had even a little dusting of snow but some flurries here in Nara. All your photos are beautiful, Penelope, in which I feel your excitement for the upcoming spring.

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  18. Oh, those blue skies make my heart sing!

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  19. I remember the late spring snow when I lived on the coast. I used to be worried about the flowering outside plants, but it never seemed to bother them.

    Here, I think plants must be acclimated to sudden cold...when the snow finally melts, plants have already grown, showing green under their snow cover. Tulips and lilacs certainly seem to have no problem with freezing temps here. xx

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