A Snow-Filled Neighbourhood

The month of February was filled with snowy days. On one of these late afternoons, I took a walk with my daughter and my camera to capture some of the sights as we walked down streets we saw every week. The snow had not yet been cleared off the roads and was instead being churned by the wheels of vehicles.

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A snow-filled intersection. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

We approached an intersection we see everyday and saw it differently as it was all covered in white. The benches placed on the side of the roads for pedestrians were not in use. Instead, snow covered the seat preventing people from sitting and watching passers-by.

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A snow-filled bench. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

As we walked down the side roads heading for our destination, the snow fell gently on our faces. We looked though the trees and all was covered in white with the winter branches reaching for the skies.

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Looking between the trees. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

The snow covered the sidewalks – in some places as high as our knees. We moved through the silent white world, laughing as we wished for wider-based shoes that would help us move easily through nature’s covering. “We should have snow shoes!” my daughter exclaimed. They certainly would have helped in our trek!

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View of a snowy side street. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

I found some of the views beautiful and peaceful. Walking on this snowy day was not a chore as I breathed in the crisp, fresh air and filled my soul with the earth’s beauty.

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A winter scene. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

I could not miss an opportunity to have my daughter take a picture of me on this beautiful day. The snow was still falling gently and the world had that peaceful sense of quiet which comes with it.

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A portrait. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Walking home in the evening, the light sparkled on the freshly fallen snow. It was still hazy (yes, the snow was still falling), and the scene had a beauty all of its own.

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A snow-filled night scene. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

When we walked past our neighbourhood park, the playground was silent. Looking at the swings, one could almost hear the echo of the children’s voices.

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Swings in the park. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Before we left the outside behind, we looked back at the night and silently said goodbye to the falling snow.

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A snowy night view. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Because we knew that the next day our experience would be different when we walk the same streets.

What is your experience when you walk in your neighbourhood on a winter’s day in the late afternoon?

(This post was inspired by this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge prompt by WordPress.com)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

61 thoughts on “A Snow-Filled Neighbourhood

  1. Neat fact about the postal building you can see in the first photo … if you look above the door, you can see the insignia of Edward VIII (the building was constructed during his reign). It’s a rarity for Commonwealth buildings as he was King for less than a year.

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      1. am sure soon that will happen to, i guess the weather is ready to change now, even here in pakistan its NOW that i can actually pack all my sweaters away knowing now i really wont need them, winters prolonged a lil too much here this time, i dunno how usually it is at ur part of the world 🙂
        but i really hope u see some good spring sunny days 😀

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        1. We are beginning to get highs above 0 degrees – and hopefully it will soon reach double digits. As soon as it gets a little warmer we can ditch the winter coats and boots 🙂

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  2. Love the snow, but it’s hard to get around in. Rather have it just on the trees, ground and houses, but not in the street. Beautiful photos, especially the first one.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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  3. Love the photos! It snowed alot here in Brampton as well during February. I didn’t take any though saw alot of my facebook friends pictures.
    As a runner I only wish sidewalks were better taken care of during the winter not just the roads! I’ve been dressing more in layers as I got out now in winter and find I have enjoyed it more in past couple of years more then others! Thanks for the blog!

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    1. Ah sidewalks! As a pedestrian I struggle with those too. Now whenever I see someone shovelling the sidewalk in front of their house, I thank them. Snow-free walkways makes access easier for us – and makes it less slippery when the ice comes in.

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    1. My memories of winter afternoons in South Africa are always pleasant with the sun warming your face and the heat not too high. I am more appreciative of those mild winter days now that I have experienced colder 🙂

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  4. I love taking the dog for a walk on the night of a big snowstorm, once it has stopped snowing. The city is so very quiet, unlike any other time. It’s as if all of the snow acts as a muffler, absorbing all of the normal city noise. Hopefully, I won’t be able to have that experience until next January. 😉

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  5. Our winters are never like that, we never get snow, so it is wonderful to be seeing your images, thank you so much, I love looking at winter images like that, and you have taken some beautiful images.

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    1. Thank you Leanne. Maybe one day you can visit a place where it snows. I am sure you would be able to capture some interesting views of people and places.

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  6. The composition of your photos are exquisite! I love the photo showing you in the distance and the streetlamps dissolving into the background at an angle. Dimension at its best. You definitely have an artistic flair, Colline.

    I love the winter. While everyone else is lamenting the arrival of snow, I look around in wonder and appreciate how it looks because I know that it will melt soon. I enjoy walking in the snow and seeing the world differently. It is fresh, quiet and beautiful. As I walk, I feel renewed and peaceful.

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    1. Thank you for your compliment Darlene. Now that I am sharing photos, I am certainly thinking a little more about the end result and what I would like people to see.

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