Tag Archives: Winter

A Water Sign

Well, it’s a frozen water sign. Aquarius the water-carrier, to be exact, which is kind of perfect, because this frozen water is carrying cars and trucks.

I know that I’m really stretching this symbol, but I like the idea of the Aquarian water-carrier carrying ice for a safe crossing on an ice road.

Don’t exceed 40,000 kg!

This ice road crosses Great Slave Lake between Yellowknife and Dettah. In the summer, you have to go around, and that takes about 20 minutes more.

A sunny shortcut!

I hope we all soon experience some sunny and safe shortcuts. After all, most of us have had to do the long way around for the better part of a year.

Happy mid-week. 🙂

Tree Hugger

I love this snow sculpture! Very endearing.

Bear love. Bare love? 😉

In this area, we have brown and black bears, but you have to go much farther north to the Arctic to see the white polar bears.

Climate change has lead to some of the polar bears mating with grizzly bears and producing a sort of blond hybrid called a grolar.

Grolar Bear

If you’re interested, here’s more information: https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/did-you-know-environment/grolar-bears

Happy Friday; happy weekend. 🙂

Snow Awning

This should give you an idea of how much snow is on my roof. I took this on Tuesday (March 16).

It’s beginning to melt and I’m starting to think we had better knock some of it down. I wouldn’t want any of that falling on my head!

Today, the icicles were starting to develop …

Do you see the bird?

… and we had +7°C! It was such a nice break after literally, months of -30 and -40 … and sometimes, I really just didn’t want want to know. It was better that way.

The snow was soft and beginning to be slushy; snowballs were waiting to be made, snow sculptures were waiting to be found.

Yay! Bring on the melt!

Happy weekend. 🙂

Ice Runway

When you work in the north, lots of things are different. Since you’re surrounded by snow and ice for many months of the year, you learn to make tools of them.

Northern ingenuity.

So, what is this? It’s a frozen lake runway. There is another nearby airport (quite a large one, actually) that’s on dry land, but here, summer float planes can become winter ski or wheel planes just off Latham Island on Great Slave Lake.

Happy Wednesday. 🙂

Frozen Falls

A photo of a partially frozen Niagara Falls, Ontario, from January, 2019.

Caymanted/Instagram (Ted E. C. Duncan)

Isn’t our natural world magnificent? It’s amazing to see that green tint in the water, and that hue certainly contributes to how cold it looks. It’s cold here in NWT, but that somehow looks colder!

After all the recent nasty weather, I hope that wherever you are, you are warm and comfortable.

Happy Wednesday. 🙂

Snow Road

Up here, we drive across frozen lakes. Temporary roads are created, ploughed and come complete with signs. There is a government department in charge of these winter roads, as they are called.

Below is a photo taken from one of our drives on the Yellowknife – Dettah road.

Yellowknife – Dettah winter road.

Using these roads is an interesting northern experience that can’t be duplicated in most other places in the world.

If you’re interested, here’s a winter road website.

https://spectacularnwt.com/story/cool-highways-4-awesome-ice-roads-northwest-territories

Happy weekend. 🙂