Record Lows Bring Winter Wonderland

Yesterday was officially the coldest January 13th on record here in this part of Ontario. Temperatures surpassed the previous minimum, originally set in 1918 and matched in 2004 (which was incidentally less than a fortnight after I moved here). At 8 am the temperature was a frigid -24ºC (-11ºF), and with the wind chill it felt like -29ºC (-20ºF).

IMG_5626This morning at 8 am it was a positively tropical -21ºC (-6ºF), with absolutely no wind chill and bright blue skies.

IMG_5633Now, those of you living in warmer climes are probably wondering what on Earth you do on day as cold as this. The answer is simple… grab your camera and go for an early morning walk!

I've nothing against snowmobiles - in fact I'm off to Quebec snowmobiling next month - but a morning like today deserves peace and quiet

I’ve nothing against snowmobiles – in fact I’m off to Quebec snowmobiling next month – but a morning like today deserves peace and quiet

There's nothing like a trail untarnished by footprints

There’s nothing like a trail untarnished by footprints

Off into the Wild White Yonder

Off into the Wild White Yonder

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Looks like the trail's not so untravelled, after all

Looks like the trail’s not so untravelled, after all

In fact, it looks like a Piccadilly Circus of small feet

In fact, it looks like a Piccadilly Circus of small feet

Now those are rabbit...

Now those are rabbit…

... But I'm not sure about these. Fox perhaps? Or maybe coyote?

… But I’m not sure about these. Fox perhaps? Or maybe coyote?

The ice crystals were so delicate...

The ice crystals were so delicate…

...Before the sun began to slowly melt them.

…Before the sun began to slowly melt them.

I love the white filigree of the crystal covered branches against the stunning blue sky

I love the white filigree of the crystal covered branches against the stunning blue sky

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A farm across the fields

A farm across the fields

Ice crystals lazily drift down from the trees

Ice crystals lazily drift down from the trees

This post was inspired by this week’s Cee’s Which Way Challenge.

It really was a Winter Wonderland out there this morning

It really was a Winter Wonderland out there this morning

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25 Responses to Record Lows Bring Winter Wonderland

  1. shail says:

    Winter wonderland indeed. It sure looks so for someone living in the tropics. What a lovely collection of photos!

  2. Louise Dukes says:

    Those are gorgeous pictures. I’m a country girl, too, albeit 85 years old, and I love the beauty all around us. I love the pictures of far-away places, too, that remind me of some of my own travels. Thanks!

  3. Ruchi says:

    Beautiful snow pictures. I can only imagine a temperature of -24ºC. It brings shivers till west coast 🙂

  4. jpeggytaylor says:

    That is indeed cold! … but oh so beautiful too! The ice crystals are wonderful and the trees look magical. Thank you for braving the cold to share those frozen images with us 🙂

  5. Amy says:

    Beautiful winter wonderland via you lens. It looks very cool… Thank you for taking these wonderful photos in such a cool weather!

  6. DailyMusings says:

    Such beautiful photos. The ice crystals are amazing!

  7. treerabold says:

    Such beautiful photos. I also love the crystal branches against the pristine blue sky.
    Adore your picture walking down the path Jasper!
    As for me….i’ll stay in Texas and whine about 40 F temps!!

    • Jaspa says:

      A lot of people are surprised to learn that in the summer it’s often in the 90’s here in Southern Ontario, and sometimes even hotter. So we get the best of both worlds, Tree. At least we can go for a hike without getting eaten alive by bugs at this time of year!

      • treerabold says:

        I love Northern Ontario and have spent many summers vacationing up there. I was surprised a few years ago to visit during a heat wave (90’s).
        My Canadian friends laughed at me because I should be able to handle the heat since I live in Texas…..the big difference I noticed was – we have central air conditioning…the only place we could get AC in that area was in the car!!
        I have never visited Southern Ontario….hopefully soon!

  8. dunelight says:

    Those are some beautiful photos, I love hoar frost. Happy 2015!

  9. Cee Neuner says:

    How very beautiful!

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