Winds Of Change Are Blowing

I’ve never been a fan of the month of March.

I’ve whined in the past about Mother Nature being on a month-long grouch-fest at this time of year, but this March I decided to embrace a different attitude.

March is a month of change as we transition from winter to spring and, as with most change, it is rarely comfortable.

From bone-chilling cold days ….

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Along the Trans-Canada Trail at Marie Curtis Park in Etobicoke

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Abandoned rail bed … along the Trans-Canada Trail in Etobicoke

…. to balmy, spring-like days …

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Charles Sauriol Conservation Area – the rocks represent flood levels of the Don River in various years from 1886 to 1998.  What’s misleading is that it doesn’t represent the flood level at this particular point in the Don River.
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Everything is looking drab and it’ll be some time before we start to see green buds again
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However, these tulips poked their heads out prematurely … only to be covered in snow again.

The one common feature all these days seemed to have has been the wind.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.  Wind is a feature of changing weather.

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A blustery day at Kew Beach on Lake Ontario
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As the wind swirled the snow around the backyard, Theo was regretting which side of the door he had chosen to be on.

So instead of cursing the winds, I’m trying to appreciate what they represent.  Spring weather is coming – eventually.

Changing Seasons is a monthly photo feature hosted by Max at Cardinal Guzman.

 

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  1. Your photos evoke the kind of cold I’ve rarely experienced but would like to just once. Our windy month is October (when we head into Spring Downunder) and the wind is just annoying, spreading all the winter dust, but it does herald the onset of Spring.

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  2. I enjoyed seeing all of the photos and reading the comments. Makes me regret complaining about our rainy spring. The cat photo and the ducks are my favorite. Hope better weather comes soon!

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  3. Some great shots here, as always Joanne. Here in Las Vegas we were spoiled by beautiful spring like weather and cool nights where we could sleep with the windows open. But now it has dipped back down and, though probably not cold to you, it seems to be freezing today. Had o put my heater on in the car to get to work. The weekend promises to be in the mid to high 80’s again.

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  4. I thoroughly enjoyed all your pictures… I am a picture gal. Loved Theo. I have never given March much thought. I like winter, not misbehaving winter when all the snow and frigid temps hit but when winter starts to settle in and leave. I don’t like the extremes of winter or summer. March has been crazy this year but I am still cocooning. When April arrives I will have to get used to the thought that summer is on the way and stop using cold weather as an excuse to huggle up in the house! And yes, we have had some wind!

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    • So true that it’s the changes of the weather than seem to affect us the most. I find it interesting that days we would have considered cold in the fall feel warm in the spring 🙂

      Like you, I’m not a fan of the extremes. Today we are waking to another gray day, but I don’t mind. The temperatures are warming 🙂

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  5. I liked all the different sights and how you expressed this in a positive (accepting) way, Joanne.
    I tend to complain about the cold and blustery days but you’re right, the wind blew in some nice days and it will blow out of March and into April!
    My favorite photograph was the path leading to the turquoise blue sky and (maybe?) blue water, with a simple wooden plank border. So pretty and natural!

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    • Re-framing my opinion on March and its tendency to blustery winds has really helped me to embrace it. I can honestly say it wasn’t so bad …. especially now that it’s almost over 😉

      It’s interesting how the colour of Lake Ontario can change so much from day to day – from perfect blue, to turquoise, to slate gray. This particular day it was a sparkling beauty!

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  6. My first ever trip to Canada was in mid-March in the Toronto area. Spring had arrived in Kentucky with typical warm days in the sixties and seventies. Also typical in Kentucky spring were days well below forty. What was not typical in Kentucky was snow that late in the year. When I arrived in Toronto, the first thing I noticed was snow everywhere on the sides of the road, piled over my head. I also noticed when I went to the manufacturing facility I was visiting, it was cold as hell and spitting snow. I also understand that the Toronto area is pretty tame as far as a winter in Canada.

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    • hehehe! Glad we could give you a taste of Canadian *spring* 😉
      Toronto winter is pretty tame comparatively speaking. More often than not, storms seem to rim the city rather than hit it head-on, so we mostly get just the edges. Even then, it’s enough in my opinion 🙂

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  7. I am also not a big fan of March because it goes from one extreme to the other in a matter of days. Also by then I am really fed up with winter and can’t stand it when it gets cold again…luckily the month is almost over! (Suzanne)

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  8. I loved the image with broken ice floating on the river, and the Geese are delightful all in line at the edge of the water!

    I would probably hibernate all through a cold, blustery, snowy, icy winter. I think you’re pretty tough to go outside at all!

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  9. Okay, I’m trying to be positive about March, but it sucks. We’re still surrounded by feet of snow. I’d welcome the mud, if only the white stuff would melt and stop falling from the sky. April – maybe it will be better. If it snows in April, I may close all the drapes and not come out until May. 🙂

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    • You have been hit much worse that we have. I’ve monitored many snowstorms this winter but they always managed to go around us. As a result, we’ve had little snow cover this winter and I’m not disappointed at all. Sadly, I know we aren’t completely out of the woods yet.

      I wish you snow-free days ahead 🙂

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    • We have started! It’s been modest, but a start none the less 🙂
      We are heading out this morning to the Forks of the Credit area. I’m less concerned about the wind than I am about rain. I’m hoping for a dry day 🙂
      The cautious thing would be to stay home when there is a risk of rain … but where’s the adventure in that? 😉

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  10. I used to have a poor relationship with the wind but as my cycle lay off continues I’m quite enjoying the feeling of life it’s providing… (Geeeeez, I need to start cycling again…) 😉

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  11. Brrrrrrr! It looks cold. Here in NSW we had an exceptionally hot summer and March has broken all records for rain. Still warm but wet. Today is a perfect Autumn day. Cool morning, hot in the middle and clear blue sky. I love the Autumn light as the sun is lower in the sky. Daylight Saving ends soon and I can’t wait because I’m getting up in the dark.

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    • Our weather has been all over the place – and the cold has been made worse by the winds. BRRRRR! Indeed!

      Our Daylight Savings started earlier this month and I’m loving the longer hours of sunlight … at both ends of the day 🙂
      I’ve always believed that winter wouldn’t feel so bad if we had more hours of sunlight. Sadly, that doesn’t appear to be a possibility. Damn the inflexibility of science 😉

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    • I know I’ve said it before – that I’m not a fan of the wind – but there is something about being down by the lake and the sound of the crashing waves that’s very exciting.
      … as long as I don’t have to swim in it, it’s all good 😉

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    • I was thinking those poor tulips were likely regretting their premature entrance after they were covered in snow … but so far, they seem to be no worse for the experience.

      We’re expecting a mild week, so I’m looking forward to being outside for a few days 🙂

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  12. I think part of the challenge this year has been the ups & downs of the weather. Just when we think spring is on its way, winter arrives again! Think it is supposed to be +15 tomorrow! Let’s keep our fingers crossed spring has finally sprung!

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  13. Too true, March is a funny old month. No snow here, but plenty of fog and mist and dampness and WIND – oh yes, plenty of wind. Our broadband has been playing up no end this month and we are wondering if the wind affects it. But unlike you flowers and buds are very evident! And today marks the beginning of British Summer Time so it is bound to get cold and wet again…

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  14. Lovely pictures, Joanne. It will warm up soon, I’m sure, and your vistas will turn decidedly green. We don’t have the cold like you do, but we get some crazy winds here. Hopefully those are over now and we can put our deck furniture out without worrying that they will end up in our neighbor’s yard.

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    • The winds are such a big predictor of changing weather – at least here it is. On the other hand, I’ve never had to worry about finding my deck furniture in my neighbour’s yard … although last year we had to retrieve our patio umbrella out of the pool :/

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