A Winter Memory

The shiniest weather result I have ever seen was in December 2013, a week before Christmas. We experienced an ice storm and the ice covered everything. The Christmas decorations, which were shiny anyway, became even more so with the film of ice.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
Planters after the ice storm in December 2013. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Nothing, though, was as shiny as this shopping cart we saw outside Ikea:

Icy Shopping cart. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
Icy Shopping cart. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The ice took months to melt. We are now past mid-April and thankfully the ice has disappeared. We are still waiting, however, for warm and sunny days to melt the memories of a long winter.

What are your memories of the last winter you experienced?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

(This post was inspired by Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge prompt: shiny)

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52 thoughts on “A Winter Memory

  1. Winters always seem endless to me, Colline, even when they’re relatively mild, like our last one. I hate the absence of leaves on the trees, but they’re coming back now. Finally! 🙂

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      1. Thanks Colline – and you know – after viewing the post again I love how you gave us man made and nature made – the hard steel – and the lively flowers – both succumbed to the ice…. and then the first one has all those extra back ground details – rich and full – while the cart is the sole subject – but then we get a line design treat. Such a lovely pair. 🙂

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  2. That photo of the shopping carts is incredible. The ice has turned everyday objects into a work of art. All the same – I can’t imagine living in such an icy climate. Hope this spring is warmer.

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  3. The ice makes the humble shopping cart look like a work of art. My memories of this past winter–more winter than we’ve seen in a long time. May we all thaw soon!

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    1. It has been rather long Patti. As I am sitting on my sofa reading blogs, I can’t help but be pleased by the birdsong that I hear. Surely a sign that warmer says are near.

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  4. I remember mostly walking behind the snowblower. Colline. I keep my walkway and those of my elderly neighbors clear and, this Winter, it seemed like I was always out there. This week I’ll drain the gas tank and put it away until next December, I hope.

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    1. Finally we are able to put the winter goods away. I am hesitating with the boots, etc, as we had snow fall last week. Hopefully soon it will be time to take out the lawn mowers 🙂

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  5. It is always summer on the Gold coast, Queensland Australia.
    I spent late autumn In Hobart Tasmania.
    It was golden leaves and beautiful.
    The first time I saw sparkling icicles, like in your post, was in the 60s in Switzerland.
    Working on the Snowy Mountains Project it was either dusty in summer or wet cold in winter.
    I have avoided icy winters ever since.

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  6. Love that shopping cart photo!

    Memories of the past winter? Seniors who were children, teens or young adults in the 1940’s told me that they have not seen a winter like this past one since the 1940’s. It was incredibly snowy, wintery and cold. Brrrr.

    I hope not to have a repeat of it this next winter for convenience sake. It was however, beautiful on many days. Winter is my 2nd favorite season.

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    1. I would prefer not to experience it like this again for a while – especially the lingering part. I am waiting impatiently for true spring to arrive so I can enjoy the warmth and beauty of the flowers.

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    1. Those carts could not be moved Ian – the rolling mechanisms had all been frozen and were thickly covered with ice. We used the warm ones inside 🙂

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