I am a lover of winter, of long rainy days, of strong cold winds and most particularly, of snow and ice.
Living on the temperate West Coast of British Columbia, I rarely get a chance to experience the latter, although rain we do have in abundance.I was, therefore, delighted when the temperature plummeted below freezing last week. On Saturday morning, I eagerly packed up my camera and set out with my husband to see how the Fraser River had fared in the cold.
We wound up in Burnaby's Foreshore Park, where the edges of the tidal river had frozen and shattered into chunks as its water ebbed and flowed. I happily snapped some shots and puttered about in the ice thinking it might be the last I'd see this season.
Leaving the park to head homeward, we passed a Cactus Club Restaurant on Marine Drive. To my absolute delight, they had their fountain turned on and the resulting spray had coated the surrounding plant life with clusters of diamond-like jewels.
They formed frozen sculptures of bizarre and beautiful form that were simply glorious.
We quickly went around the block and stopped to check out the other-worldly shapes.
The sun obliged by peaking out to throw everything into relief, and even a wintry gale and freezing hands did nothing to move me along quickly .
Because I have a husband of infinite patience and good will, who shares my fascination with the mysterious ways of nature, we thoroughly enjoyed our chilly afternoon.
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