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Make the Best of it

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I know I’ve been moaning and groaning about the snow and how hard it is for the tiny hummingbirds and other little creatures who have to try to survive in the snow and cold.

But for those of you who can shut that dilemma out of your head, you may want to make the best of this snowy weather.

If you have access to a ski hill, you can do that (if you’re still young enough to take advantage of this vigorous pastime).

 

At the top of the chairlift, have a look around and enjoy the crisp air. Take in the vastness of the valley below. Do you feel small?

 

Forget about birds that want to land on a branch. They are gone from this frozen place, leaving it all to you.

 

Pure and clean! And now for an exhilarating ride to the bottom of the hill.Β  Swish! … Don’t fall.

Photos by Pat Gerrie

British Columbia

Author: wordsfromanneli

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66 thoughts on “Make the Best of it

  1. Atemberaubend schΓΆn. Das schaue ich mir lieber nur an. Wintersport ist nichts fΓΌr mich πŸ˜‰

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  2. It is beautiful to look at and fun for skiers.

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  3. Winter is beautiful, and also killing for so many creatures, and sometimes for us, humans, too.

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  4. I’m not a fan of winter but the photos are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing, Anneli.

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  5. These are gorgeous photos, Anneli. They look like they could have been taken in the north. Yes, so, so hard for all the little ones – beautiful and cruel.

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  6. Thanks for showing these great winter pictures. We love snow, actually we need snow, therefore we go far north during the wintertime. We enjoy cross country skiing and isn’t it fun driving on snow? When we were children we were so much looking forward to the first snow. As we lived in Skandinavia we usually were lucky having snow from November to March. That meant skiing, building igloos and snowmen, skating and snowball fights.
    We can’t imagine how people can live without the joys of snow.
    All the best
    The Fab Four of Cley
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    • It is beautiful, but I must admit I enjoyed it more as a child than I do as an adult. Have a great weekend, KB.

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    • Fun driving on snow, Klausbernd?
      I still remember my life in Bonn, where, as the saying goes, traffic breaks down immediately when there’s just one snowflake on the ground. πŸ˜€
      But on a more serious note: I still vividly remember skidding on iced-over snow in Oklahoma years ago when Mary and I were extremely lucky not to have been in a serious accident. The road was covered in iced-over snow, and it had a lot of ripples, “Waschbrett-Struktur” I’d call it in German. I was driving our old Ford F-150 at around 30 – 35 mph, just ever so gently, not even touching the brake pedal. Well, in those ripples the truck started to swerve all by itself, mainly because of its rigid rear axle and the fact that there was no noteworthy weight on the bed. I did what I could to gently correct the course and also de-clutched to make sure the wheels could roll freely, but we drifted further and further into the middle of the road – which proved to be good luck because a big 18-wheeler which could not stop nor slow down could pass us on our right-hand side with barely a food to spare. I could not prevent the car from more drifting and spinning. In fact, it turned around a full 180 degrees and ended up on the other side of the road, halfway on the shoulder, facing in the direction we had come from. We were extremely lucky that at that moment no car had come the other way.
      It took us quite some time to catch our breath and for our heartbeat to slow down to normal again. The we drove on, ever so careful again, and in the next town went to a DIY-store to get 5 bags of cement to put in the bed of the truck to have some weight on the rear axle to prevent it from “trampling” again. We were happy/lucky that we later arrived safely at Mary’s cousin’s place in Denver.
      That much about the “fun” of driving in snow.
      Oh, btw, you might have heard about the snowstorm(s) that just a few days ago completely blocked many highways in the northeast and had people stranded for up to a day in their cars, plus caused quite a few deaths?

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      • Dear Pit,
        when I lived in Finland I exchanged driving lessons on frozen lakes every day for two hours with German lessons for several months. My student was a professional rallye driver who took part for three times in the Rallye Montge Carlo. I had a lover living up North on the Eismeer Rd. and I drove up to the Arctic Ocean from Inari and back once a week.
        Later in my thirties I got to know a driver from the Mercedes rallye team and he taught me winter driving on closed roads in the French Alps.
        And when I lived in Northern Scotland I once drove down south to Edinburgh to get medicine in a snowstorm in the north and pure ice in the south.
        As I wrote I think it’s fun driving on snow and ice. Maybe I am a bit out of practise but I do a driver’s training sometimes. Normal driving is kind of boring as the car does nearly everything nowadays but on ice it is a kind of art or playing with powers. Actually, it’s all pure physics.
        Anyway, with icy roads lately I noticed that my Volvo is very reliable but I had to get used to the 4 wheel drive power.
        Enjoy the weekend
        Klausbernd πŸ™‚

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        • Ok, Klausbernd,
          before I have to drive again on ice and snow I’ll hire you as a driver! πŸ˜€ But seriously: you had quite a lot of training for those conditions. Great!
          Have a great weekend, too,
          Pit

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          • P.S.: as such wintry conditions on the roads are very rare here, we decided against a 4×4 drive for our new truck.

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          • Well, dear Pit, I lived for years in countries where it was normal to drive on snow and ice. I suppose (and hope) it’s like learning to swim, once you learned it you have this ability lifelong. It would be a honour being your driver πŸ˜‰
            We just came back from Norwich and Dina and I brought many books home. We can’t wait to read them.
            All the best
            The Fab Four of Cley
            πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  7. Gorgeous photos! So strange for B.C. to be getting so much snow while we here in Newfoundland have so little for a change. Hoping for some in the forecast though.

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  8. Good grief those are gorgeous photos. I won’t say it makes me want to ski, but I continue to appreciate nature through your lens.

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  9. Wow! Such a beautiful place, Anneli! β€οΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

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  10. Dressing for the weather and getting out there is one way to make winter move along. Wonderful, crisp photos.

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  11. I can hardly wait.

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  12. I haven’t downhill skied in years but these photos made me take a vicarious trip! Gorgeous photos!

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  13. Herrliche Fotos. Ich liebe Schnee.
    Liebe Grüße,
    Martina

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  14. My goodness! That was a beautiful, exhilarating ride and gorgeous photos. Thank you, Anneli!

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  15. These great winter pictures are fantastic, Anneli. They show how incredibly wonderful winter can be. I love snow because I was born in deep winter, in January. On my birthday there was sledging or skiing, igloos were built and snowmen were made. And sometimes there were even snowdrops outside. I love winter!
    Thank You, Anneli, and I wish you all the best!
    Rosie

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  16. If anyone asks you what does it mean to be covered in a magnificent mantle of white, show them any one of the spectacular photos you posted, they’ll never need to wonder what that means again!

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  17. What gorgeous photos. I used to ski, but it’s too hard on me now since my talent at skiing includes lots of falling and crashing. We are feeding the birds and squirrels instead. Beautiful post, Anneli.

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  18. Lovely photos, thanks Pat πŸ™‚ The snow laden trees look alien, yet beautiful to me Anneli, I can see why Canada is calling my daughter back with scenery like this!

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  19. What glorious photos!!! Wow. Makes me almost miss skiing. Almost, but not quite. I actually accidentally skiied sideways down a hill when I was a teen. I think that was the last time downhill for me. I took up cross country after that.

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