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Spring in Canada

Spring in Canada
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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-22
Categories: River
Camera: Olympus C-50 Zoom
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-22 12:43
Viewed: 3546
Points: 17
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Spring came in like a Lion this year and not a lamb. Yesterday was a sunny warm day +6C and today it's +2C with 20 cm of snow and still snowing.

March is usually a snowy month in Alberta. The snow is wet, and very heavy. The benefits of spring snow is that it does bring much needed moisture to the surrounding grasslands and prairie. The moisture helps to keep the grass fires down this time of year. Because of the strong winds that can occur this time of year, the land can dry out very quickly. The dry grass is easy fuel when fire occurs. Grass fires have been known to burn over 100 km if the winds are strong, burning everything in it's path.

I'm dedicating this image to all my Alberta friends who have been through a long, cold and snowy winter. (the sun will shine very soon)

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Hello Janice,
It has been a long time since I have seen one of your posts.
Brrr... Is this really Spring? I'm glad I live south of your location!!!
I like the river and trees, you have captured the elements excellently.
Hope you have a warmer week, maybe just rain...

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-03-22 13:57]

you put a smile on my face because spring can look like this here too! And the winter has been cold, cold coming from west ;-) Here, in the mountains, the snow is still here but we had great weather even though it's colder since the past week. But we haven't had so much sunshine in years, including summer! I like the small specks of snow in your picture and the colour of the light, it is very natural. It's a black and white world that's gonna turn colourful and so lively within a few weeks. Thank you!


Sounds like typical Alberta weather. Looks to me a bit underexposed and the white balance slightly off (should be whiter). This image though is a good depiction of how winter can come and go this time of year.

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2009-03-22 15:41]

Hi Janice , a nice view of our recent weather , I got to work overnight and watch as the snow piled up on the streets here in High River. I agree , it is welcome moisture , though it was hardly very dry here , it will help to raise river levels and break up the last of winter ice , and also help to fill some of the many ponds that dry up in autumn time. my favorite is when such March/ April snow falls melt away to reveal that the green grass has sprouted up under that white blanket , kind of like wrapping paper on springs first gift :-)


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  • [2009-03-22 17:41]

Hi Janice
the photo is a beautiful!!


Hi Janice,
Looks like you can keep your weather, lol, we just got rain. Really I love spring snow storms, as they usually bring lots of moisture to wash the winters dirt off. This is a great image showing natures sense of humor in Alberta. Just when you think spring is here, bam think again. Lucy had me loading the trailer the day before, she wants to get camping in the worst way.
Thanks for sharing this great image my friend.

That's Alberta for you.
Friendly greetings from your neighbour,

I wonder how spring could be, under snow!
A superb shot, Janice!
I love the perfection in your balance of the elements in this shot, the earth, the sky, and water!
Very well done, indeed!

hello Janice

that day in western Canada (or Alberta) was snowy day
and here in eastern Canada (Québec) was a sunny day,
a bautiful Landscape/River photo of a beautiful and
peaceful scenery, i love the background of your photo,
in march this year here in Montréal area was a sunny month,



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