Our friend and neighbour Paul Knettig took these photos from below his house just before Christmas when we had another one of those wild windstorms that like to lash us throughout the winter on Vancouver Island. The road on this narrow spit leads to a wider piece of land that has a military base on it. It serves as a cadet camp in the summer time but is maintained year round. It is important to them to keep the road passable, but on occasion, extra high tides and strong winds combine to make a storm surge that overflows the road. Last week parts of the road were looking a bit dicey as you can see from the photos.
In the photo above, see the kite surfer on the upper right corner? Brave or foolish? Regardless, they had fun.
You may think that the photo that follows is out of place. Well, it is, in a way. After this wild windy weather and tons of rain, it looked as if Christmas Day would be a dreary affair this year. But what a surprise we had when it started to snow and kept on snowing all morning.
The photo below was taken by me and is by no means of the quality of Paul’s photos (above), but I wanted to show the contrast of the weather, and how it changed in a very short time.
By early afternoon it was raining again and all the snow was gone by evening. That suited us fine because although the snow is pretty to look at, it’s not much fun to drive in. But at least it turned out to be a perfect Christmas Day.
What will the future bring us? More of the everchanging sameness, I’m sure. Wind , then rain, followed by rain, then wind. A little snow squall in between.