Lions in a frame

The Lions, framed at the north summit of Black Mountain.

Last Wednesday was a gorgeous blue-sky day and I couldn’t resist getting back out in the snow with my camera. The wind that greeted us at the north summit felt almost as cold as that in the Coquihalla at New Year and we quickly retreated to a nearby bump that retained a view of the Lions at least. And that’s when I saw the picture: the famous twin peaks were framed neatly between two snow-laden trees, and I had a nice foreground of smooth sunlit snow. Even the existing snowshoe tracks serve to frame the Lions.

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Snow in the city

White out. Is it really a Flashback Friday if it was only last week? After a few days of very welcome sunshine, we’re back to views like this, even in the city!

It’s been a couple of years since we had snow in the city, and I must admit I haven’t missed it one bit! Still, it was kinda nice to watch the snow fall in great big flakes, and pile up in soft layers on our patio table and in the trees. It was even fun to walk out in it for a while, although it did get a bit wet later in the day. So I figured that this photo from last Friday when Brenda and I went snowshoeing up at Mt Seymour was quite appropriate, as the view in the city was very similar to this!

Winter coat

Crown Mountain looking magnificent in white.

The jagged outline of Crown Mountain draws the eye so strongly, and looks especially striking in the winter. I’ve probably taken more photos of this mountain than any other, and it never ceases to impress me. But I’m still waiting for the perfect shot…

Snowline

It’s back…. Finally looks like winter has arrived in the North Shore mountains.

While out on an errand last Friday, I stopped at the corner of Broadway and Granville to grab this view of Crown Mountain with its first coat of snow of this winter. It’s late this year – we had a very mild October, and November hasn’t exactly been cold. Until now, at least. Now the temperature has dropped enough for the rain to fall as snow on the North Shore, which has led to the closure of the Lynn Headwaters backcountry trails and the Grouse Grind for the season. Time to think about snowshoeing again! Hopefully, the crowds won’t be as ridiculous as last year (which put us off going anywhere near the North Shore mountains all winter).

Fluffy

For all of us who missed Throwback Thursday, there’s always Flashback Friday! Today I dug back into the archives for a photo taken a decade ago, almost to the day. We were new to snowshoeing and loved getting out into the snow at every opportunity no matter the weather. I never thought it would happen, but these days I’m a bit of a snow snob, and won’t go out if I think it’s not going to be good snow. Snowshoeing has also become so popular on Vancouver’s North Shore mountains that I find it way too busy up there now and the fun has gone out of it. If only I were a morning person so I could get up early enough to beat the crowds…

Some things don’t change: the whisky jacks are still as cute as ever, and are always on the lookout for food. But over the past 10 years I think that ravens have become less timid, have muscled in on the whisky jacks’ action, and are now more likely to be the ones stealing your food when you’re not looking. Keep your food close to you, and your backpacks closed, lest they make off with anything colourful – I know someone who lost their microspikes to a raven looking for food!