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In the city, nighttime is winter’s time

December 21, 2013

A slippery slope. Alder Street at 8th Avenue, looking north.

No matter how impressively a Vancouver snowstorm begins, it always ends badly.

The day after can be something of a letdown; reality kick in — grimy, dirty, slippery, slushy reality. The truth is snow has no business in a city; it just gets in the way.

Vancouver winter after dark

Snow-blown. In our defence, Vancouverites don’t get a lot of practice.

But the snow is really pretty at first — magical even — the falling snowflakes, the perfect blankets of whiteness, the hush that seems to fall over everything. Nice!

The wonder of a fresh snowfall continues through the first evening and well into the city night, which is nothing like real night.

Wipe that leaf off your face! The longer you look at it the better it looks.

Street lights and house lights and traffic lights hold any real darkness at bay; everything is twilight, long shadows and sharp specular highlights — perfect for snow — perfectly spooky and memorable.

Where’s this stuff when we need it on Halloween?

Lucky for us the temperature stayed above zero over night; no black ice in the morning — that stuff is really scary.

Pretty slushy. In a few hours all this will just be getting underfoot.

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One Comment
  1. Karen permalink

    I think I’m in love, snowman #2


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