I’m taking a brief break from my heritage sites theme today to share an image of “spring” in Edmonton, Alberta. Many of the photo blogs I follow are posting happy spring time pictures – flowers in bloom, rivers full and flowing – but not here in the centre of Alberta. While the vernal equinox has come and gone, we’ve not taken notice of the traditional date for the arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere.
This being our first winter in Edmonton, we have been expecting an extended winter so this delay in spring is no surprise. We knew we were in for a long, cold winter, but how long will it last? At first, winter was fun – there was snow, skiing, snow forts, sledding. After about three months, we started getting a bit tired of winter. That was two months ago. On the bright side, temperatures are finally creeping above 0C, there’s not nearly as much snow falling, and the local ski hills are still open!
I found these icicles formed from melting water falling from the High Level Bridge. The dark diagonal swath in the background is the North Saskatchewan River which flows fast enough that it’s only frozen over in extreme cold. In a way, I guess this picture does represent spring.