This is a very rare double post from me today as I’m juggling two challenges this month.
This past weekend I took a drive down to the marina to see how spring and the melting temperatures had changed the area since my last visit in early March. Since virtually all the snow had melted over the past few weeks, I expected to see a significantly different landscape … but the changes I encountered were not what I was expecting.
My first hint of what was ahead was the long line of cars heading down the battered road to the lakefront. People were everywhere.
In spite of temperatures that were barely in the 10C range by the water, the picnic tables at the beach were full of families gathered outdoors for the day. Small BBQs had been hauled out and the smell of grilling meat filled the air. Soccer balls were being kicked around and the lively sound of conversation replaced the silence of nature I had heard all winter.
Winter weary Canadians had come out of hibernation.
As I walked along the waterfront trail, I passed a picnic area filled with young people gathered around a hookah pipe. It was such an interesting scene and I really wanted to capture it in a photo, but instead I shyly asked if I could simply photograph their pipe. At first they were surprised, but they politely obliged.
What happened next was totally unexpected. They invited me to join them. They claimed to be smoking shisha – a flavoured tobacco – but I had serious doubts that’s what was really being smoked! I was amused by the image of this frumpy old woman with a head full of grey hair toking with these kids the ages of my sons.
I declined with a laugh. I’m pretty sure I would have coughed up a lung which would have been very uncool. They made my day though, and I drove home with a smile.
The next day it snowed. Welcome to spring in Canada.
Thank you Cardinal Guzman for sponsoring this challenge of The Changing Seasons.