Sunday, December 11, 2016

Winter Wonderland




On a misty, grey Saturday morning, Tim and I crossed the Strait of Georgia for an early Christmas dinner with my parents and siblings. As the crow flies, it's a distance of 133 km, or 82 miles. As the weather goes, it's like moving from one climate to another. Mist and rain soon gave way to fat snowflakes splatting against the windshield. 

We arrived at noon and the snow continued through the afternoon, into the evening and through the night. In the mosaic above two photos show the amount of snow on our SUV, one taken in the afternoon, the other this morning. 10-12 inches of beautiful, white, fluffy snow.



After clearing off the snow, we set out for home. All of these photos were taken as we drove, through the windshield, or out the side window. I'm utterly enthralled by the beauty of snow.



Snowplows and sanding trucks worked through the night to clear the highway. Wreaths of cloud clung round the blue and white mountains with beauty that made me ache with the longing for words to describe it. 



In the opposite lane I managed to capture the snow plow barreling along, throwing up great waves of snow mixed with sand from the road. 



A feast of delight for the eyes and the soul.



Crossing the Vedder River.



And then, one last gift before we left the snow for brown and green fields and the grey ocean. A pair of snow geese, necks stretched long in flight, beating their wings as they flew overhead. Edited to add: Thanks to Sara, I checked and these are indeed Trumpeter Swans and not Snow Geese. They are so lovely, aren't they?

Linking to Mosaic Monday, hosted by Maggie of Normandy Life. 

41 comments:

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

The snow looks so beautiful...you have managed to capture its brilliance.
XO

Maggie said...

Stunningly beautiful, a fabulous backdrop to your family weekend. Happy MM.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Wow! Really so pretty. Amazing how different the weather can be just a little over an hour away.

riitta k said...

A true Winter Wonderland in your photos! At the moment we have -10C but very little snow...
Wishing you a lovely Holiday Season!

Daniela said...

Happy Monday to you Darling Lorrie !

Thanking you so much for your lovely post,
and for the wonderful comments you always leave on my blog, which always put me in such high spirits and bless my heart with gladness, I'm sending hugs and ever much love on your Holiday Season, may it be filled with Love and Peace

With utmost gratitude

Xx Dany

Coastal Ripples said...

Such beautiful scenes, particularly the snow geese. If we had that much snow we would go into emergency mode and be banned from driving :). Those snow plows certainly look efficient and much needed I'm sure. Stay warm. B X

Rosemary said...

I love that first falling of snow when the world looks so pristine - a beautiful white winter wonderland - you have captured that feeling perfectly - no signs of any snow here.

Vee said...

You are appropriately grateful for the beauty of the snow. I need work as I am tending to grumble. I will be out clearing the drive at least three times to keep ahead of the anticipated 6 to 10 today. Perhaps when I am driving up to see my father, I will appreciate the beauty. Hope so! It certainly has that festive, Christmas look.

Cranberry Morning said...

Your photos are beautiful. Those mountains! We don't have mountains, but plenty of snow. Unfortunately it often interferes with family travel plans as it did this weekend. Still, it's pretty, although it's not as welcome when we're still scraping windshields in April. :-)

Mereknits said...

Such stunning views, thank you for sharing them.

Happy@Home said...

Now that is truly a winter wonderland. So pretty!

Elizabethd said...

Beautiful, but not so easy to get about. My daughter tells me that Vancouver is under snow....and she has to get to the airport next week!

materfamilias said...

You got the snow you were hankering for, and we got some gorgeous images!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It is altogether breathtaking! And the snow geese...what a sight to see! Beautiful! Glad you made the trip safely too! I wouldn't want to drive in this but I could take the photos! Hugs, Diane

mamasmercantile said...

You certainly took us on a beautiful journey. Stunning scenes of beauty.

Karen B. said...

Oh Laurie,
your photographs are just beautiful. How I miss BC and the wilderness and beauty of it.
Sending you many hugs,
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Lowcarb team member said...

Such wonderful photographs, and I especially like the snow plow barreling along too - great shot.

All the best Jan

ourfrenchoasis.com said...

So stunningly beautiful and I am more than a little envious! Your photos are gorgeous. Enjoy your winter wonderland!

Margie said...

Snow makes things look so pretty! I like snow...as long as I can admire it from the cozy indoors.

kathy b said...

SUch breathtaking photos. I went into a store that had snow sprayed trees, and thought, I can have the real thing outside! How lucky I am

Cheryl said...

Oh, I'm so glad that your trip was filled with wonder. Indeed, the snowy mountains scenes are stunning...and I'll bet even more so in person! (Do you have any qualms about travel on snowy roads? I only like snow if I can stay at home!)

happywonderer.com said...

Great shots! So you braved Chilliwack in the snow storm when churches even cancelled their services. Glad you had safe travels.

GretchenJoanna said...

The snow geese are magical! Yes, it is a winter wonderland, which you have shown so clearly with your photos. Thank you, Lorrie!

Charm and Grace said...

Wow! Amazing how beautiful the whites and blues are... a wonderland indeed. And your artist's eye captured the scenes beautifully. A feast for the eyes, although looking at these photos makes me cold to my bones. Thankfully, we have heated vehicles and homes!

Mary Cromer said...

Snow captivates me as well and I am looking forward to having some in our area, which may happen between now and Sunday. Your photos taken through the car windows, that is my main stay...ever since I got hurt, as well as many times, it is just the easiest way, so one does not have to pull over. I love that you had a lovely time with family and then also enjoyed the journey and the splendor along your route~

Latane Barton said...

What delightful pictures. I, too, am a fan of snow... if I don't have to get out in it, that is. We haven't had one this season but I am sure we will at some point.

Helen Philipps said...

Such breath taking snowy pictures...thank you so much for sharing these Lorrie. You really captured the blue and white snowy magic and even included the snow geese...so beautiful.
Helen xox

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

This really is a visually stunning post Lorrie. Andy Isn't it interesting to go from one climate region to another in a day trip! Thank you for sharing your winter wonderland.... almost makes me wish to experience a real winter. (But only almost ;))

Debby Ray said...

Oh my...what stunning beauty! I love this kind of snow that just hangs on to everything and you got a lot of great photos from your moving vehicle! I am a lover of snow and we don't get it very often in these parts. I will hold off on my wish for a white Christmas since we will be on the road across the hills of eastern TN. After Christmas, BRING IT ON! :)

Rettabug said...

Breathtaking photos, Lorrie...and throughly enjoyed from inside my nice warm house!!
We've got snow falling right now but it won't be anywhere near as pretty as that on the mountains! Awesome!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Lovely pic's...captured in my corner of the world! It is a picture perfect winter wonderland out there still...but the wind is howling over here today and I haven't set foot outdoors to take any pictures.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Thank you for sharing the beauty of the gorgeous snowfall, Lorrie, as seen through your eyes!
In your previous post, I'm now wanting a mug of hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows and some spiced pecans. I have made marshmallows and there's nothing quite like them.

ann said...

There is magic in the song "Walkin' in A Winter Wonderland." A snowscape is certainly beautiful and you live in beautiful country. I love the swans in flight, something that we would never see here. Beautiful photos.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

You're lucky that with a short drive you can enjoy the wintry snow scenes that we have for several months.

handmade by amalia said...

Time with family is always nice but these snowy photos! Wow!
Amalia
xo

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Wonderful photos of mountains and snow, Lorrie, and the snow plough photo is (surprisingly) beautiful as well!
To me those beautiful birds look like (trumpeter?) swans, but certainly you know the local fauna better. :)
Thank you for sharing!

aimee said...

Absolutely beautiful Lorrie! Snowy landscapes feed my soul also:)
Blessings,
Aimee

Marilyn Miller said...

Oh my! What beauty in the snow, but those snow geese are the icing on the cake. Just gorgeous!

Kit said...

Look at those geese! My how lovely. I too love snow and the beauty behind it. We have just received 8 more inches and I never tire of looking at it. And add Christmas lights to it, and I can't quit smiling. :) Kit

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

You have some amazing captures of winter's beauty here and then how wonderful to have the snow geese do a fly by for you :)

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful snowy scenes, Lorrie. I was amazed at the amount of snow they got in the lower mainland after talking with my sister. Glad you had a safe trip.