It is too cold!

We are just coming out of a long cold snap here on the eastern flanks of the Rockies.  Temperatures started out around -10°C (14°F) last week and then dropped to -25°C (-13°F) a couple of days ago and have stayed there.  This image is from a stretch of the Elbow River just a couple hundred meters from my home in Redwood Meadows (west of Calgary).  Most of the river there is now iced over but I haven’t been back at dawn to photograph the difference.

Winter along the Elbow River - 2013 © Christopher Martin
Apparently we start climbing upwards later today and should be just below freezing by the weekend.  That will feel balmy – I hope the forecasts hold!  I love the winter landscapes but this year when the temperature fell below about -15 my enthusiasm for the season fell too.  Maybe some powder skiing on the weekend will remind me of the upside of winter.

10 responses

  1. I empathize with your feelings about the cold-been staying in doors and reading a lot here in Edmonton. It is more difficult to take a photo with all the bulk of the extra clothing but I will enjoy the “heat wave” this weekend and of course, we will all adjust . Love the movement and the combination of ice and water.

    November 21, 2013 at 2:01 pm

  2. Fraz

    too hot in Karachi pakistan…. come here you all ….and enjoy with me

    November 20, 2013 at 10:00 pm

  3. Very nice. I like the positioning of the bluff(?) in the background.

    November 20, 2013 at 9:10 pm

  4. I think your cold is headed our way. Single digits – not as cold as your, but still too cold for me.

    November 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm

  5. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography)

    Great photo, but it sure does look cold.

    November 20, 2013 at 3:38 pm

  6. thanks for capturing beauty expressed in those conditions, while I sit inside, cozy and warm.

    November 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm

  7. Beautiful photo, but I’m sorry to hear it’s so cold! I hope it does warm up, at least a little!

    November 20, 2013 at 1:46 pm

  8. So I have just learned the difference between a Blue Norther and an Alberta Clipper. While both are extremely fast-moving storms, Alberta Clippers form on the east side of the Canadian Rockies while the Blue Northers dramatically lower temperatures from 10-20 degrees in minutes. Whoa that doesn’t sound good.

    November 20, 2013 at 1:33 pm

  9. great picture!

    November 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm

  10. Great photo, Chris–full of movement in the foreground.

    November 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm

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