Word-of-Day-Challenge-Snow

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atmospheric water vapour frozen into ice crystals and falling

in light white flakes or lying on the ground as a white layer.

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My first experience…

…with a…

…freshly fallen…

…silent shroud…

…of snow.

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Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk261-Ice

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ice

frozen water, a brittle transparent crystalline solid
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Icy snow on the roof in mid-June, at the

Columbia Ice-fields,

Canada

 

 

 

Winter, 2006 must have been cold.

 

 

 

I have never seen this since.

 

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Pic-and-Word-Challenge:...Wk261Ice

 

 

SUNDAY-STILLS-PC-Winter-Wonderland

 

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With recent temperatures nudging

the mid 30s Celsius here we live

and mid 40s further inland…

…I thought I would be posting a

December beach photo this week.

 

Then I remembered our 2018 visit to

the Columbia Icefields.

 

For many of us it was our first exposure to falling snow,

…let alone spending time walking

on a glacier in snow conditions.

We were told that the previous week

temperatures had reached 30 degrees.

While our visit was in early June, that is,

not winter, it is the best I could do.

SUNDAY STILLS PHOTOS:...Winter-Wonderland

Word-of-Day-Challenge-Lightly

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lightly

in relatively small amounts
or in low density; sparingly.

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Some images which fit the moody theme.

The first indication that it was snowing was when

our coach driver alerted us to this sight…

…as we approached the

Columbia Icefield

and the

Athabasca Glacier.

Having never sighted falling snow previously

many of us were not sure if this fall would

be labeled heavy, light or somewhere inbetween.

 

To walk on a freshly, fallen silent shroud of snow

(just had to use that line 🙂 )

was the highlight of the day.

I would say it was falling lightly simply because

it was comfortable out and about.

The only time it was uncomfortable was

when my feet decided to hurry downhill

without telling the rest of me.

I was left behind on my behind.

Certainly a memorable experience.

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Cee-BW-Challenge-Hot-Cold

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Although it did not…

…feel cold from the comfort of our coach,

it was snowing outside as we approached

Alberta’s, Columbia Icefields.

 

 

Nor did it feel cold while walking

on the Athabasca Glacier.

 

 

 

However, 63 miles inside the Arctic Circle

at Wiseman, Alaska, the sun was shining and

shirt sleeves were almost

the dress code of the day

 

Certainly the exact opposite of what we/I

expected weather conditions

that far north to be.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge:  Hot-Cold

Black_White

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RyanPhotography-WeeklyPC-47-Abundant

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An abundance of ice and snow at the…

Margerie Glacier

in Glacier Bay (Alaska)

 

…and the

Columbia Ice Fields,

(Athabasca Glacier) in Canada.

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Ryan-Weekly-PC-47-Abundant

Word-of-Day-Challenge-Odyssey

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odyssey

a long wandering and eventful journey

I am inclined to suggest that any journey

originating in Australia and visiting

the northern hemisphere

could be described as an ‘Odyssey’.

Last year’s travel to Canada took us about

16 hours flying time to reach Vancouver Island

to the start of our Canadian/Alaskan adventure.Falling snow on the Columbia Ice-field was

an event we had not counted on.

Our sled ride on the Mendenhall Glacier was wonderful.

Followed by the Red Carpet treatment

when boarding our

Rocky Mountaineer

Gold Leaf Carriage.

 

 

 

Our Final day, not included in the tour,

was a visit to Wiseman,

a very small township

inside the Arctic Circle.

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Word of the Day Challenge:  Odyssey

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Lens-Artist-PC-53-My-Choice

 

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First up,  Happy Birthday

to all concerned with the

Lens Artist Challenge.

The My Choice theme has seen me needing to curtail my choices….

and still there are too many images.

Sorry.

I have quite a few ‘favourites’ of Corio Bay.

This is one of them.

The Het Zand Square fountain in Brugge, Belgium.

Special, because I like the fountain and it was

our first night on the European continent.In Canada’s Rocky Mountains,

in the province of Alberta is the Columbia Icefield.

It was here on the Athabasca Glacier that many of us

experienced falling snow for the first time in June 2018.

Our visit to Wiseman in Alaska

took us further north than ever before.

At 67.41 Degrees North and

63 miles north of the Arctic Circle,

took us further north than ever before.

Prior to last year my furthest north was

about a half-hour drive north

of Loch Lomond in Scotland.

October 2018 was also when we visited

Shires Rest and Hobbit movie set

in New Zealand.

 

Definitely the first of our wonderful travel experiences

was the last evening and an unexpected game drive

of our 2013 African Safari.

We came across Limpy and her cubs.

For around 20 minutes we had these two cubs

within a few metres of our vehicle.

A day or two ago I read on Facebook

of a Namibian tusker being shot.

When beasts will come to within a few metres,

where is the sport in shooting them.

I refer to this shot as my ‘National Geographic’ shot.

Probably because I had only ever seen this shot in a

National Geographic magazine.

Again the leopard sat there while we clicked away.

 

 

 

 

In 2017 I was fortunate enough to return to

France and Belgium and tour

the Western Front Battlefields of world War I.

I visited many of the well known areas, memorials

and sites of (to me) lesser known battles.

All I could think of was how lucky my Grandfather

was to survive when so, so many didn’t.

The Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate

was worth the visit alone.

 

Finally, a recently posted blue hour

image of Geelong’s Western Beach area.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Your-Choice

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Your-Choice

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Your-Choice

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Your-Choice

 

Tuesday-PC-Wk164-Road

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Since 2013 we have travelled sorts of roads.

Dirt tracks upon which a pride of lions rested.

Then a road which was not much more

than wheel tracks across Sua Pan,

one of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana.

The Sua Pan (or Sowa Pan) is a large natural topographic depression

within the Makgadikgadi region of Botswana.

The Makgadikgadi Pans were once a lake which

was larger in area than Switzerland.

It dried up several thousand years ago

(Source: Wikipedia)

Could we call this a water road, in Venice?

 

An extraordinary trip across to France and return via Eurostar.

Extraordinary because I was ‘talking’ to MGW’s cousin

via Facebook while under the Channel.

 

Last year another Railroad ride on

The Rocky Mountaineer.

Two days of travel through glorious scenery

with first class comfort and service

back to Vancouver.

 

 

I’m probably stretching it a bit to call

the Peak2Peak gondola ride at Whistler a road.

However, it was the only way we could

access the mountain top.

Finally, there had to be a road of some sort

leading up onto the Athabasca Glacier

when we visited the Columbia Ice-field.

I doubt if we will ever get to ride in

one of these machines again.

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