Snowy Scarves

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After the spider taking over the city, here my entry for Graham‘s February Photograph Challenge. This month, the theme is “pattern” and when I learned about it, I immediately thought of this picture.

I took it about a month ago, downtown Ottawa. I was shopping in the Byward market and it started to snow. Not blizzard snow, but yet pretty big flakes. Soon enough, the stalls were covered by a thin layer of the white stuff, but we kept on shopping anyway cause well, after all, we’re Canadians, right?

As you can maybe tell by the layout of my blog, I love colors and patterns, so I often take close-up of goods on display in markets: food, veggies, clothes and yes, scarves. I loved the mix of snow flakes and the fabric here.


Feel free to participate in the challenge as well!

PS: as you may have noticed, I changed my WordPress theme this week-end. Conclusion of the experience:
1) If you see any bugs, don’t worry, it’s gonna be fixed soon (I hope!)
2) I have a lot of posts sitting in my Feed Reader! I’m gonna start to catch up in a minute.
3) Hope you like the new layout! It’ll be improved this week.


About Author

French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.


  1. I like the theme. It loads faster for me. Great picture too…are you sick of the snow yet?

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  2. Great new blog home you’ve made here – coming from Norway, I feel almost like home you know!

    I love your affection for details – the pics says more than a thousand words – lovely captured!

    I do agree, Oslo, Norway and Ottawa should be sisters city – looking forward to your Winterlund report 😛

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  3. I like the way you captured that picture. I think you portrayed a different angle of the scarves by shooting it with the snowflakes, rather than squeaky clean.

    How do you manipulate your template? Is this something WordPress users can do? I still use new Blogger, and although I am more at home with straight-forward templates, no “clutter” and other little things, I like it when one can maneuver things with the apparent freedom that you have.

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  4. ooo, me likey the new layout!
    The snap challenge seems like a fun thing to do. An incentive for me to start paying attention to what I click!. Good one 🙂

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  5. Hey ZHU,

    Nice found the pattern and HAH yep you are really behving as a Canadian citizen now, just shop andd gooooooooo throught the snow!

    I like the pattern picture, covered with snow , very creative done!

    I also like your new BLOG lay-out, I like the light blue and also do I like the drawings in the sidebars, thats very artistic, I always like to see them!

    I did a little new lay-out also, but I am a bit scared to loose all my links, so now its possible to upload bigger photo’s on the blog, I don’t know if it really matters, but for me it was ‘a big thin’ to do so…

    He ZHU have a wonderfull week there!!
    Take care in the snow, don’t catch a cold:)

    JoAnn Netherlands

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  6. Aiglee: I just needed a change, I spend so much time on my blog I sometimes get sick of its look!

    Chen: I send you some snow if you send me some sun — fair trade!

    RennyBA: funny eh? I’ll blog about Winterlude later this week, but I can already tell you there’s gonna be something about maple toffee… 😉

    Lori: not sick of snow… sick of shoveling it! I gain muscle… or so I like to think! 😆

    Linguist-in-waiting: WordPress does give a lot of freedom, but also major headaches from time to time 😉 Our layout is actually a theme, a collection of files and pictures. Changing it and tweaking it isn’t that easy… but you learn! You should move on WP, it’s a good platform.

    Jay Cam: I’ll try to add the little drawings somewhere, but I needed a change. The pattern are here… don’t be picky 😆

    Spyder: that’s why I love you guys and I never ever kill a spider!

    Ghosty: spring cleaning before spring! :mrgreen:

    Kyh: batik is actually quite popular abroad, stores sell it in France too… love the colors of course! Glad you like the new layout.

    Art: thanks! I love positive feedback 😉

    Rads: the more the merrier, join us in the challenge! Glad you like the new layout, even if I still have to finish a few things.

    Inga: thanks! Do you want to participate as well? Would be fun!

    JoAnn: thanks for visiting! Relooking a blog can be a major headache, can’t blame you… took me almost two days to come to this one! I’m glad you liked the picture 😉

  7. Oh Zhu, I am so close to visiting you last November and I can imagne the icy coldness now.

    I have always enjoyed the colourful display of your blog, very creative and vibrant 🙂

    Happy CNY to you and your hubby 😉

  8. Your theme is looking better and better, i guess i will take a cue from you and personalize my blog with a picture of myself. :mrgreen:

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  9. Hey Zhu,

    Happy Chinese New Year!! 😛

    As I said before: I love your new layout 🙂 !

    I loved the layered snowy scarfs: beautifuly captured! Congrats!


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  10. WOW! First of all, I love the new blog look! You have a wonderfully creative mind 😀

    And then there is the photo of the scarves. Such an amazing and pleasing snap. It has so much to say…. The eye bounces from noticing the weather, to noticing the pile of scarves, and then onto the designs and colours of each scarf. It is so imaginative to have a photo of scarves in cold weather – the two elements marry each other perfectly within the shot.

    Zhu, this isn’t just a very good photo – it is an amazing photo. Perfect indeed!!! Congratulations!!!

    Warmest regards, Graham 😀

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  11. The comments blue background with the black text is making hard to read. Perhaps you should change the text to white for better readability? Other than that, the new look is great!

    PS: you’ve been tagged for a meme. Please see my blog post.

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  12. @Keshi – Thanks 😉

    @kiviniar – You can never go wrong with posting a picture of yourself :mrgreen:

    @princesse ecossaise – Thank you! Yep, it’s pretty cold… although not that cold, just regular Canadian winter cold!

    @Lori – That’s so cool! Thanks cowgirl! 😉

    @kyh – I guess we would just say “bon nouvel an chinois”.

    @Max Coutinho – Happy new year to you too! Glad you liked the scarves. Are you into bright patterns as well?

    @Graham – I’m glad you like both, the new layout and the picture! I thought of this one right away when you decided the theme… hope I can come up with something good in March! I love this photo hunt!

    @Rudy – I’ll look into the comment look this week-end… maybe get something brighter. I though reading was still okay, but thanks for the hint! I’ll get to the meme soon.

  13. Zhu,

    Thank you :D! I celebrate so many New Years: the Western one, the pagan one (Samhain) and now I am sharing the Chinese one with you too :D!

    No, darling; I am not into bright patterns…my thing are dark colours 😎


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  14. I love how the snow actually exaggerates the rib in the scarves. I would imagine that, as the snow continued to fall, the ribbed pattern would be obliterated altogether. You obviously caught this shot of the pattern at the right time!
    Looking forward to your March contribution to Graham’s photo challenge 🙂

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  15. I love this shot – the colors seeping through the snow. Great contrast, and i don’t see snow here often but the shot really makes me able to vividly remember the taste, feel and sound of snow just looking at it 🙂

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