Thursday, March 17, 2016

Heart Of A Storm

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Oddly enough our parade is this Saturday, so I'll be photographing, hopefully with enough for a couple of days of posts on Sunday and Monday.

On the 16th of February, Ottawa saw a major snowstorm that left half a metre of extra snow falling on the city. These first shots are from streets downtown that morning.


Later in the day, these shots in the Glebe were taken as things were getting worse- that much snow wrecks havoc on the transit system and roads.


I liked how Fourth Avenue Baptist Church stood out in the snow. I have more shots of the storm and the aftermath in tomorrow's post.

42 comments:

  1. I love your storm shots. Yes, the church looks especially nice

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  2. Nice photos !
    You have snow I am turning on the pool tomorrow. We really didn't have much of a winter. Summer is bearing down on us.

    cheers, parsnip

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  3. I like the first two pictures although I can't imagine half a meter of snow, things grind to a halt over here with just a couple of inches...

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  4. Cities have to be prepared if falls a lot of snow.

    Tomás.

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  5. I look forward to seeing your shots of the parade.
    If you don't have to be out and about, the snow is really beautiful!

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  6. Things can change in one month weather wise. It's a great scene to look at as long as you don't have to drive in it.

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  7. Thank you for this very poignant reminder of one major reason I live in Florida! :)

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  8. I was SOOOO happy to see your tulip banner....hadn't visited in a while, since I had a lot going on, but then was crushed to see the snow!!! We here saw very little, which is fine for me....

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  9. At first I thought that storm was today. Do you get those storms in March?

    Janis
    GDP

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  10. Brrr that's a lot of snow! We had a little snow this year -- not much enough for the office to close. The Baptist Church in snow looks beautiful!

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  11. @Cloudia: thanks!

    @Parsnip: and spring is coming here.

    @Tex: this is what I get for Winterlude- a surplus of photos. I have been relatively light on taking pics since these storm shots.

    @Geoff: it really did a number on the articulated buses.

    @Tomas: and sometimes they are not.

    @Halcyon: I love the snow!

    @Bill: there's been a lot of change.

    @Lowell: but snow is good!

    @Pat: I still have snowy images into April scheduled.

    @Janis: yes, we can get significant snow in March and April.

    @Tamago: thanks!

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  12. Do you feel a bit going back to memory lane to show us this today, it is almost spring?:)

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  13. oh i love the blur shot ... that looks way cool. they are calling for snow this weekend, i wonder? we will see??! hope you still have all the warm winter clothes out. i never put them away. i see folks do that, but not here in VA. you never know what the weather will do? lot of layers and be prepared that is my motto. if i ever had or have one??! ha. ha! ( :

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  14. Makes me especially glad it's warming up here!

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  15. That much snow at one time is a major issue for all who have to be out and about.

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  16. @Gunn: it was quite a cold day!

    @Marianne: it's a good memory, though- we're getting less snow by the day now, with the thaw.

    @Beth: I tend to keep my warm clothes ready around, at the very least in the backpack where I can get them if it's colder at night. Mostly these days I'm walking around in a leather jacket. I'm putting off buying shoes until April, just in case.

    @Norma: we've got thawing going on, but we can still get snow down the line into April, easily.

    @Red: it really was that day.

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  17. Sunny and windy here, but definitely springtime!

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  18. I have to confess, I don't miss those kind of days at all.

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  19. Great snow shots, William, I'm just a bit jealous because we have hard had any winter this year. Damm climate change ... :-(

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  20. Looks very cold over there. Over here we are have terribly hot days.

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  21. I love your colourful header photo!! I didn't realize you got a big storm yesterday. My hubby flies into Ottawa from Winnipeg later today so I'm glad the storm is over. We woke to a few cm. of snow this morning from the same system I guess. I like the street scenes.

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  22. I don't think I saw a bit of green in your pix! Just a lot of white! Brrrr!

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  23. I hope we've seen the last of it for this winter, William!

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  24. Hopefully you have much nicer weather for the parade. I wasn't paying attention and missed our St. Patrick's day parade, oddly enough it was last Saturday. Look forward to seeing photos of yours.

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  25. The winter was so easy here in the GTA.

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  26. @VP: today here was interesting- started partly sunny, we had a couple of bouts of rain, hail, sleet, and lightning run through, and now there's sun again. One of those "don't like the weather? Wait five minutes" things.

    @Sharon: ah, but winter's good for you!

    @Jan: all in all, it was a weird winter here.

    @Nancy: we can get some hot days in summer, but there are breaks.

    @Pamela: no, this storm was in February.

    @Cheryl: I left the green for my other blog!

    @RedPat: it can very easily snow here well into April in significant amounts, so I doubt we're done.

    @Anita: I'd prefer dry conditions for the parade. I'd expected it last weekend, and then looked online beforehand to find out it was scheduled for the 19th.

    @Andy: had it not been for this snowfall, we'd have ended up with a significant shortfall. Even so, I think we were less than average for a winter's snow levels.

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  27. Good grief! We have snow in the forecast here this weekend.

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  28. Yes, the church stands out, but this desert rat is so happy that it is you experiencing that snow and not me.

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  29. Pretty shots. I love looking at the snow…but, so happy I don't have to deal with driving in it or shoveling it anymore.

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  30. While I do admit to liking snow and was sorry we didn't get as much as last year here in NH, now I am ready for better weather. Your snow scenes do make me wish we had got in more snowshoeing this year, but there's always next winter.

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  31. The church looks great in the snow!

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  32. It's easy to get a sense of how much snow you got from comparing those morning and afternoon shots. I agree with Linda: the church stands out nicely in the snow.

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  33. Goodness that's a lot of snow William, I can see how it would affect the everyday coming and going in a big way. I love the look of snow, not sure if I'd enjoy all aspects! Does make for beautiful images though.

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  34. @Revrunner: here it's cool and clear today. Back to the toques again!

    @Mari: I love the snow, what can I say?

    @SRQ: this much snow in Florida would be a disaster.

    @Lois: it was!

    @Beatrice: I only got in one go at cross country skiing this winter.

    @Linda: it does! I've photographed it before from here, I believe in late summer.

    @Kay: we got piled on!

    @Grace: it's the freezing rain we occasionally get that bothers me.

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  35. Well I've already said in tomorrow's post :-)that I like this! You're right, the church looks great like that!

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  36. That was quite a storm. We are supposed to be getting snow this Sunday :( Hopefully it won't be too much.

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  37. Apart from the modern cars in the third photo, this could be from the 1940s.

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  38. Burrrr. That said, I'm about to make peanut butter and banana ice cream.

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  39. Such an eerie atmosphere is created with all that snow - especially with the street lights on in the third photo.

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