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The First Snowstorm of 2013

“Ottawa braces for the first snowstorm of the year”. I must have read this headline—or some clever variant—a thousand of times before “D-Day”, yet I refused to believe it. Snow? Not already! It’s still fall, people!

I emailed my relatives in France. “We are expecting 25 centimeters of snow!” I complained. “But… aren’t you used to it? 25 centimeters isn’t that much, is it?”

Ah ah. It’s like telling French people: “Oh, a major demonstration is planned in Paris and public transportation is on strike? I mean, aren’t you used to it?” Yeah, sure they are. It’s still a pain and it still requires some planning if you want to make it to work.

See, Canadians expect snowy winters and extreme weather. Yet, the first snowstorm of the year is somehow a shock for all of us. Maybe it’s denial (“Fuck… I guess global warming spared Canada…”). Maybe it’s wishful thinking (“The Weather Channel gets it wrong all the time! I bet it’s gonna be around 20°C with a light breeze!”).

Well, it ain’t happening. Or rather, it did.

It started snowing Tuesday night and we woke up to a shitload of snow on Wednesday. It’s beautiful, for sure—the scenery changed dramatically overnight. It has that perfect “Hollywood Christmas” feel. No wind, snow artistically stuck to trees, branches and poles, a picture-perfect white landscape.

But damn, it’s cold. And slippery.

Mark discovered snow. Well, technically he saw it last winter but he was too young. This time, bundled up in his “body bag” (that’s my nickname for snowsuits and I stand by it!), he walked in the snow, ate it and got the full experience. He didn’t seem to mind… he is a true Canadian!

You can see the complete set of pictures in Mark’s set and in the Ottawa – Fall set on Flickr.

Tire Track
Tire Track
Snowy Street
Snowy Street
Bus Stop
Bus Stop
Snow
Snow
Fir Tree
Fir Tree
Snowy Street
Snowy Street
Our Neighborhood
Our Neighborhood
Snowy Tree
Snowy Tree
Snowy Tree
Snowy Tree
Fir Tree
Fir Tree
Fir Tree
Fir Tree
Snowy Mailboxes
Snowy Mailboxes
Truck and Basketball
Truck and Basketball
Yep, That Much Snow
Yep, That Much Snow
Baby Versus Snow
Baby Versus Snow
Discovering Snow
Discovering Snow
Mark and I
Mark and I
Mark
Mark
Our Feet
Our Feet
Mark and I
Mark and I
Walking in the Snow
Walking in the Snow
Walking in the Snow
Walking in the Snow
Walking in the Snow
Walking in the Snow
Discovering the Shovel
Discovering the Shovel
Yep, It Snowed
Yep, It Snowed
Yummy!
Yummy!
Now... Shovel, Please!
Now… Shovel, Please!

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