#endlesswinter

March 6, 2014

The winter that simply won’t end sent yet another blast of snow our way.  The large snowflakes fell in beautiful clumps that made photography a real challenge – keeping the camera dry, keeping the lens clear, getting the focus to settle on something other than an airborne snowflake – but it was worth the effort.  A trip to Sir Casimir Gzowski Park at the lakeshore reminded me of all the beauty this harsh season can hold, provided I actually leave the house.

Seagulls beside frozen breakwater on Lake Ontario, Toronto

Seagulls beside frozen breakwater on Lake Ontario, Toronto (c) Allyson Scott

Seagulls flying over frozen breakwater on Lake Ontario, Toronto

Seagulls flying over frozen breakwater on Lake Ontario, Toronto (c) Allyson Scott

Lifeguard tower at frozen beach, Toronto

Lifeguard tower at frozen beach, Toronto (c) Allyson Scott

Lake Ontario and breakwater frozen in ice during snowstorm, Toronto

Lake Ontario and breakwater frozen in ice during snowstorm, Toronto (c) Allyson Scott

Frozen breakwater on Lake Ontario, Toronto

Frozen breakwater on Lake Ontario, Toronto (c) Allyson Scott

Stepping out onto the ice struck a kind of fear into me I haven’t felt in years.  I’m sure the ice beneath me was solid as a rock as I made my way across the bay, however I couldn’t control the trembling in my legs and had to turn back before catching the view beyond the breakwater.  Many thanks to my wife for keeping an angry eye on me from shore.

Frozen breakwater on Lake Ontario, Toronto

Frozen breakwater on Lake Ontario, Toronto (c) Allyson Scott

Seagulls flying over Humber Bay Arch Bridge and frozen Lake Ontario in snowstorm, Toronto  (c) Allyson Scott

Seagulls flying over Humber Bay Arch Bridge and frozen Lake Ontario, Toronto (c) Allyson Scott

Lake Ontario frozen during snowstorm

Lake Ontario frozen during snowstorm, Toronto (c) Allyson Scott

Woman walking dog at Sir Casimir Gzowski Park in winter, Toronto

Woman walking dog at Sir Casimir Gzowski Park in winter, Toronto (c) Allyson Scott

Sir Casimir Gzowski Park and Lake Ontario during snowstorm, Toronto, Ontario

Sir Casimir Gzowski Park during snowstorm, Toronto (c) Allyson Scott

It was cold, wet, windy, awkward, and wonderful to shoot.  Maybe it’s the Winnipegger in me, but there is something so satisfying about the snow crunching underfoot on a walk. This landscape will likely look quite different in just a few days, so I’m glad we took advantage of the season while we could.