Changing Season – February Freeze

February has been a mixed bag of everything.  The mild winter we’ve been enjoying – compliments of El Nino – eventually devolved into bone-chilling cold, quickly followed by the snow.

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Downtown Toronto – Trinity Park

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McGill Street Arch from the former St Andrew’s United Church build in 1923, demolished in 1981.

Downtown intersections became slushy lakes.  Pedestrians Beware! … especially if you weren’t wearing a good pair of waterproof boots.

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Intersection of Bay and Queen

Snow plows – big and small – were finally pressed back into service to clear the wet mess.

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Downtown Toronto on Yonge Street

It wasn’t all miserable grayness.  There are always those who chose not to fight the weather, and instead get out and embrace it …. like these skaters did at City Hall in the softly falling snow.

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Toronto City Hall

Then within a few days, temperatures popped up to 13C/55F and all the snow melted again as we enjoyed the spring-like conditions.

Sugar Beach

Sugar Beach

As hardy Canadians, we manage to keep a firm upper lip and stoically accept winter as it is delivered (even if somewhat reluctantly).

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Old City Hall

We know that February will eventually pass.

Changing Seasons is a monthly feature hosted by Cardinal Guzman and in a coincidence of timing, it is also the Weekly Photo Challenge.

 

About Joanne Sisco

Retired but not idle. Life is an adventure - I plan to continue to embrace it.
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97 Responses to Changing Season – February Freeze

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  2. reocochran says:

    My favorite part of weekends is playing catch up, seeing the “body of week’s work” all at once, Joanne. The post had a lot of interesting thoughts and beautiful snowy photos. I liked the snow on the Lion’s head pillar. It definitely had the “stiff upper lip!” 🙂

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  3. Toronto! Love that city. Beautiful, clean, welcoming. Your photos are wonderful. Hoping to make it back there for a visit in the not-to-distant future.

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  4. Nancy says:

    What a beautiful city. I love the photo of the snow covered trees in Trinity Park. It’s also cool that they retained part of the church that was demolished, a great way to honor its history. The snowy weather is no fun in the suburbs either but I think those of you living in the city have a much bigger mess to deal with. I will be glad when there are no more piles of dirty snow around.

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  5. Some great photos here…especially like the lion sprinkled with snow – doesn’t he look miffed! You’ve captured a Toronto February perfectly.

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    • joannesisco says:

      Thanks Carol 🙂
      I agree that the lion managed to maintain his dignity in spite of the snow piling up on his nose. I’m sure there’s a lesson in there somewhere for the rest of us 🙂

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  6. germac4 says:

    Great photos, just as well you had one of the slushy snow in case I start getting romantic about how pretty it looks (in our hot summer here in Australia)

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  7. Great photos of winter out your way. We have had record rainfall this February so I am looking for spring to arrive and things to dry out. I enjoyed your challenge photos, I am still working on mine.

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  8. tildy1 says:

    Your city scenes are great. However, I can’t stop looking at Sugar a Beach! Very inviting!

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    • joannesisco says:

      This was my first time getting a chance to visit this tiny little beach. It’s not technically a beach since there is no access to the water, but it’s like a huge adult sandbox with beautiful white sand, huge all-weather umbrellas and chairs.
      I’ve driven past in the summer and it is always packed with people.

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  9. Sugar Beach looks interesting, I will check it out!

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  10. restlessjo says:

    Hate Winter and slush! 🙂 But today here was bright and beautiful- crocuses peeping through the grass. Hooray for Spring!

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  11. Tippy Gnu says:

    I love the photos. I miss snow when I see nice pictures like that. I think I could enjoy living in Toronto in February, for about one week.

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  12. Great photos, even if they made me shiver. Very good interpretation of the theme.

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  13. They demolished the church but kept the arch? Why?

    I’m feeling conflicted. My heart wants to come to Canada when there is snow but my feet are protesting that we don’t possess suitable footwear.

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  14. Snow looks good on photos when it’s all white and clean, but too quickly it turns into this brown, wet slush. Ice skating one day and the beach a few days later? That’s crazy! 🙂

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  15. Wow, that looks like summer along the water…The winter has been so amazing this year.

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  17. Soon, Joanne, soon. Spring is on its way. Look at that sky at Sugar Beach!

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  18. LB says:

    So I have to ask: why was St Andrew’s Church demolished?
    And while I ponder the reasons, I’ll imagine visiting Sugar Beach!

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    • joannesisco says:

      Since you’re the second person to ask this question, went looking for an answer. This is from wikipedia … the bottom line was money.

      In the mid-1970s great debate arose in the congregation about the state of the church. It was low on funds, but sitting on some of the most expensive real estate in Canada. After considerable discussion it was decided to demolish the old church, build an office tower above, and relocate the congregation to the lower level of the new complex.

      This seems to be typical of development in Toronto 😦

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  19. Heyjude says:

    Nice to see some snow at last! Even if a little weird with a beach next door 😉
    Yup, same here, temperatures fluctuating all over the place and still too much of the wet stuff 😦

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  20. jan says:

    I’m in Hawaii right now and the weather is crazy – very windy. The sea is rough and rain showers mover through without warning. Hope your February freeze gives way to a lovely March!

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    • joannesisco says:

      I’ve only been to Hawaii once – when the weather was absolutely idyllic. I think I would be somewhat disappointed to encounter turbulent weather unless I was expecting it in advance.
      Hope you’re having a fantastic holiday!!

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  21. Lynn says:

    What a crazy week of weather it has been. Some great shots here Joanne!

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  22. Rebekah M says:

    Loved to see all those pictures of Toronto. Hope I’ll get to see the city for real some time.
    We’ve had similar changes here. Was meaning to go out yesterday, and do the ‘Changing Seasons’ shots, but was surprised by rain/sleet/slush.

    Where is the picture in your header from?

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  23. Mrs. P says:

    Is it really February? Even your snow pictures seem mild.

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  24. Love the stiff upper lip of the lion at Old City Hall. February sure has been a mixed bag!

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  25. Norm 2.0 says:

    You captured our crazy temperature swings very well with these pics – it has been pretty much the same thing here; last week’s temperature swing was almost 45C in a little over 24 hours. It has been a winter for the record books.

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  26. It’s been the same down here, Joanne….just strangest winter I think I’ve ever seen. Am noticing your pix here though…….you are aware are you not that you’ve notched it up again? These pix make me FEEL the cold and I actually cringed and drew back when I saw that slush……your pix have MOODS now! Awesome!

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  27. All great shots. I’m not much of a beach person so Toronto City Hall is the most inviting to me!

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  28. Mara Eastern says:

    I love your photos! But the changes of weather within one season are curious: I was struck by the beach photo and was wondering how this one got here 😀

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  29. Paula says:

    Who knew, when we joined in the Changing Seasons series, that all the changes would be in just one month? I would never have guessed by looking that the Sugar Beach photo and the downtown Toronto photos were the same season! Lovely pics ~

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    • joannesisco says:

      I know! Never mind the same season, those photos were taken in the same week! A temperature range from -30C to 13C in one week is significant even any standards!

      I’m glad I managed to finally capture a photo of Sugar Beach though. It is a tiny artificial urban beach that is not necessarily easy to visit by car although I’ve passed it numerous times in my travels.
      Being on a bike this time, it was a lot easier to stop and look around!

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  30. Corina says:

    Wonderful photos. I’ve never begun to Toronto but have always wanted to. Maybe some day I will get to go.

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    • joannesisco says:

      Toronto’s been my adopted home for over 30 years now, but it’s only been the past couple of years I’ve started exploring it.
      … and I’m discovering there is soooo much to discover!
      Thank you for reading my mini-tour 🙂

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  31. Oh how wonderful. People in Toronto are as crazy as people in Ohio -weather wise. Here you see people running around in flipflops and shorts when it’s barely 50 degrees outside. I remember when we moved here, I looked at them in disbelieve and just couldn’t believe it. Now -years later- you see me running around in t-shirt and without jacket myself. I am officially crazy as well 🙂

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  32. What an odd weather pattern! After all the predictions of a rough El Niño here in SoCal, we’ve had a fairly mild winter too. I sure do hope the snow clears up by June/July when we’ll be up in the north east. I love the picture of the frosty lion!

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  33. Purpleanais says:

    Great pics! Since you didn’t seem to be “embracing” winter and the snow, I’m glad you’re finally free of it 🙂

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  34. *sigh* E.v.e.n.t.u.a.l.l.y.
    Fantastic picture, Joanne. Stunning. ❤ 😀

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  36. Joe says:

    WOW looks pretty cold up there Joanne 🙂 Its going to be in the 50’s today on LI.

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  38. Dan Antion says:

    You can’t really appreciate a slush filled intersection until you step in one that is deeper than your shoes are high. Great photos 🙂

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    • joannesisco says:

      I’ve had more than my fair share of soakers and I’m not particularly fond of that sudden rush of icy cold water into my shoes!!
      Thankfully on this day, I had good boots on … but I still sidestepped the puddles the best I could 😉

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  39. We’ve been getting a lot of ups and downs on the weather front as well, though of course nothing as extreme as what you’re having. Oh well, makes for some interesting photos in any case!

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