Monday, January 30, 2012

Frost on the window

Testing out a new macro lens on the frosty windows in the porch this AM.  I'm looking forward to some close ups of flowers this summer.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

More snow

Yesterday it dumped about 15cm and I went out and cleaned up with the snowblower by the time I had finished there was another 2.5 cm by this AM there was another 10+cm.  Out with the snoblo again nice, bright sunny morning and took these pics to show there is enough.  Some are saying that we have too much now. Can't please everyone.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Friday was the coldest morning of the whole winter so far, my thermometer was hanging around -30C fortunately this AM was a lot better.  Around 9:00 AM the sun was out and it just got warmer, good time for some pics.  Up the Everett Lake road to a new cut by Fiset around the west end of Babs Lake.

The first picture is one of the two rock cuts at the top of the hill into Gowganda I call them the gates of Gowganda.  The second is a shot of the mining exploration camp up the Everett Rd.

The last is a scan of a picture I took in the Gowganda Museum  a couple of years after we bought the house in 1986 and I have carried it in my wallet ever since, I thought you might enjoy it if you have been to Gowganda.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Snow building up

A couple of days ago we had a great overnight storm that dropped close to 7-8 inches.  It is hard to know exactly as it was drifting and blowing everywhere.  The next two days have been sunny and very cold, tomorrow it is warming again.  This mornings temps were around -23C.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Another dull foggy day, good for going to town, didn't look much better when I got back either.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

West on Hwy 560

Out to take some pics with all the new snow.  We have well over a foot of snow now, had to snoblo again this AM.  More snow the the next couple of days in the forecast.  The lakes have enough ice but the slush is very bad.  There are some air holes to look out for too.  Hope we have  some sunshine soon.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Winter arrives

Finally there is enough snow and ice, there are snowmobiles on the lake and one ice hut.  The snow plows seem to have magically disappeared as the snow gets deeper.  I was told that the routes had been changed because their was more need for them around the mine at Matachewan.  The road is now split at Long Point Lake.  One snowplow comes from Shingtree to Long Point and the one from Elk lake turns back at Long point.  The road to Elk Lake is half plowed most of the time until they finally get around  to it.  It used to be one snowplow from Elk Lake to Gowganda and back, which is better for the school bus.  What is wrong with these peoples minds.  The safety of the kids on the school bus should come first.

The second pic is from the high hill looking back towards the west as the sun was coming up.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Bright sunny and cold

Good crisp morning today with temps around -27C.  I had put up one feeder before I left Gowganda and there were only a couple of Chickadees hanging around.  Yesterday I filled up the big feeder and ended up with Redpolls and Pine Grosbeaks like the one in this pic.

I've had the other picture hanging around on my desktop for some time, I took a pic a couple or more years ago of the same place (along highway 65 nr Hooper's hill), but this time the roof is starting to struggle a bit. Now I can remove it from my desktop.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year to All

Well another new year has started, I just got back from another tour of the south, this time  Sudbury, Lindsay and Huntsville and back home about 1400km.  A great time visiting family.  Great to see everyone but it's sure nice to get back home.
The road into Gowganda was covered with snow coming in yesterday and this morning I had a hard time opening the door to get out, the wind and snow had laid a big drift right at the door.  Several large drifts in the driveway got the snowblower treatment.  There is probably enough to get the snowmobiles out now but I haven't seen any all day.
Today's pic is from Lindsay area at the Ken Reid Conservation area.