Ice Storm Aftermath

Part of living in Kingston is that we have to deal with ice storms.

It's cold, it's slippery, the roads are barely passable, trees fall down, the power goes out, the buses are late, and it takes the better part of an hour to chisel your car out from a solid block of ice.

But it is oh so beautiful at night.

First Snow over Lake Ontario

The first snowfall of the year is always a special moment for Canadians. We are, after all, a country of winter. A country of hockey. A country of snow shovels, sleds, parkas. A country that, despite going through the exact same thing every single year, routinely forgets how to drive on bad roads for a week every December (but that's another story).

If you're lucky, you'll find yourself outdoors for the first snow of the year, watching the storm come in over the lake.


The calendar may say it's Naw-Ruz (and therefore spring), but here in Kingston we're not quite free of the snow.

What's left on the lawns now isn't too pretty, but there were a few nice snow days earlier in the winter. Drifting snow plus the wind off the lake can result in some intriguing natural sculptures- and a near complete loss of any sense of scale.

Frozen fog

The Kingston winter should have hit by now. Instead, it's cool, sunny and still rather green.

For those who are wishing for the "real" winter to arrive, here are a few shots from January 2005. We had a very humid, dead calm evening followed by a flash freeze, and the fog precipitated out onto the trees as ice crystals. It was one of those sublimely beautiful things that make the Canadian winter worth sticking around for.

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