Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Our World Tuesday: Fraser River

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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15 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

How absolutely glorious! The ice sculptures are spectacular! After an entire winter that was NON-winter, we got a dump of snow the other night, after that cold snap and it is all rainy and slushy and miserable out right now - perfect weather for staying indoors......LOVE your gorgeous photos! Wowzers!

Powell River Books said...

Beautiful natural ice sculptures. I drove over the Fraser today on Highway 1, but was too busy towing a trailer that I was afraid to take my eyes off the road. - Margy

Jane said...

Very beautiful with the sun shiuning on the river and the cool looking ice sculptures!

Nancy Sinclair said...

Stunning photos Nette! Glad you got them before the rain came!:)

Linda W. said...

Nice photos of the icy environment! And thanks for visiting my blog.

Gerald (SK14) said...

a splendid series of photos capturing the icy scenery.

The Artful Diva said...

we've had some rain - but no ice or snow here - you live in an amazingly beautiful part of the world

Sue St Clair said...

Lovely pics! Reminds me of the ice storm we had in December. Everything looked so pretty covered in the ice, but with such a devastating effect. I like winter too I like all seasons actually and walks in nature. Thank you for sharing your finds with us :)

EG CameraGirl said...

I love the magic of winter too. Your photos are wonderful!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lynette those are absolutely gorgeous -- ethereal works of art that you can now keep forever because of your beautiful photos. Amazing. (Must admit that I'd rather see than be in that cold however....and it is unusual for the Pacific Northwest (where we used to live).

maryaustria said...

ABsolutely stunning photos! So much ice. It is beautiful but I think also very very cold...

eileeninmd said...

Lovely images of your icy world. Happy Friday!

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Gorgeous, and lovely to see down there, and not up here. We seemed to have mostly missed the freezing rain, thank goodness.

Jen

Powell River Books said...

I know someone that lives in a floating cabin on the Fraser near Fort Langley. She had pictures of the wind driven waves and broken ice pounding her home on the river side. That must have been very scary. - Margy

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