Winter is Coming……

2016 has been a great year on so many fronts including the weather, but now there’s no escaping the fact that Winter is coming.

I remember when I came to Canada many years ago, the winters were long, cold and arduous. I was built for the more temperate, if cool and damp, UK climate and it was quite an adjustment. Not being a sporty person, I wasn’t out revelling in winters sports, though over time I did try skating, cross-country skiing, tobogganing and even curling! I do have vivid memories of working late into the evening and learning the art of how to coax an old Buick Century to start in minus 20 degrees.   I’m glad to say it’s been a while since I’ve had to do anything like that.

Winter snow blizzard
Farmland near Meaford, Ontario during a winter blizzard

That all said, from the beginning I loved to get out into the cold crisp winter air and tread on the crunchy fresh fallen snow to hike around street or field. Being dressed for the occasion always helps! And, it’s an excellent time get out and take some really atmospheric photographs.

Winter scene
Winter scene, in black and white

Everything looks so different from season to season and some places really excel in the winter. Niagara Falls is one of those places, to my mind. All the ice formations and the water cascading down over the partially frozen falls is beyond dramatic and so picturesque. Can’t beat it.

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls in Winter

Winter over more recent years has seemed milder, or at least not as consistently cold, but it does still get there. I wasn’t able to get out as much to do autumn shots this year but I know I was still doing them up until just a few weeks ago, well into November! Now the temperature is dropping and snow is creeping into my mind. Time to prepare, because as we know……Winter is Coming.