Weekly Photo Challenge: Seasons

Winter is my least favorite season, but it is a long, cold reality in Canada. I find fresh snow beautiful when it covers the trees and landscape around me, but I still struggle to enjoy this season.

It is snowing again!

It is snowing again!

This winter I have made an effort to appreciate it by cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing. When I force myself out the door to go for a walk, a run or go skiing my mood immediately improves. However, when it doesn’t snow and the temperatures dip below zero I look out the window and see the dull, dirty snow in the yard I simply want to hibernate in my cabin and wait for spring. Golden Tips also likes lounging in the cabin rather than going out with his new scarf to enjoy the winter.

Tips wearing his new scarf.

Tips wearing his new scarf.

The positive news is that the deer are hanging out around our place and this is a sign that spring is just around the corner.

I spotted these deer yesterday.

I spotted these deer yesterday.

Another deer going for a stroll in the afternoon.

Another deer going for a stroll in the afternoon.

This is my take on the weekly photo challenge, and now Golden Tips is going out with me for a walk in the snow before it changes to rain – another sign that spring is on its way. 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Time

There is never enough time to do all the things that I set out to do some days. Yesterday was a prime example. I wanted to post something for the weekly photo challenge, but I didn’t find the time in my busy day of shoveling snow, grooming a cross-country ski trail, and skiing.

Today, I have time to share photos of how I used my time yesterday. During the night, we got a fresh snowfall of about 20 centimeters (8 inches). Here is a view of the snow in my driveway at 7 in the morning.

View from the veranda.

View from the veranda.

It took a little over an hour to clean off the vehicles, and clear the snow out of the driveway.

After the clean up.

After the clean up.

Fresh, clean snow.

Fresh, clean snow.

While I was shoveling  I asked my brother to use his snowmobile and sled to make a path for skiing on a road that is not used during the winter. All he had to do was ride to the end of the road, make a loop and come back through the woods. I figured this would take him about ten minutes, but save me a ton of time. (This is my new method to groom a cross-country ski trail.)

Previously, this winter I spent two or three days making a trail with my skis and very little time actually skiing. Why didn’t I think of this earlier? Anyhow, I started from my yard and broke a path to the start of the trail.

Where is the groomed trail?

Where is the groomed trail?

Fifteen minutes later, I reached the groomed section and I was able to enjoy the winter wonderland of rural Canada.

Finally, the groomed trail, straight ahead.

Finally, the groomed trail, straight ahead.

The route continues.

The route continues.

I love zooming down this little hill.

I love zooming down this little hill.

Turn around point.

Turn-around point.

Through the woods and eventually back to the starting pint.

Through the woods and eventually back to the starting point.

After two hours of cross-country skiing, I returned home  and used the rest of my time yesterday to recover.

Enough exercise for today!

Time to call it a day!

Now, it is time for me to go skiing!

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Afloat

A peaceful scene of some boats securely anchored near Salalah, Oman ruined by a plastic bottle afloat in crystal clear waters.

WPC-afloat

The next time you have the urge to toss a plastic bottle into the ocean, please remember that it remains afloat for years. Instead carry it to the closest garbage or recycling bin and do your part to help keep the world’s oceans clean and beautiful for the next generation to enjoy.

Enjoy more weekly photo challenge interpretations of afloat.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

Another week in my stuffy cubicle is almost over. Yet, as I sit here my mind wanders off in various directions, away from my work. I should prepare for my afternoon classes but I drift off in my dreams and think about images that might possibly invoke “dreamy“. I finally settle on this photo of an older Omani gentleman relaxing  in the mountains overlooking Mirbat Wadi in the Dhofar region of Southern Oman.  

dreamy1More weekly photo challenge interpretations of dreamy.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sign

Last week, while visiting Mirbat Wadi in the Dhofar region of Oman,  I saw children, youths and adults enjoying the water and I suddenly wanted to wade in and cool off from the scorching heat until I spotted this sign. Sign1Snails seem so innocent that it is difficult to imagine them carrying such a dangerous infection like bilharziasis. Yet, I did not want an exotic souvenir from my visit to Salalah so I heeded the warning and took a photo of others braver than me.Sign2

More weekly photo challenge interpretations of sign.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Room

This afternoon the temperature edged past 50° C (122° F) and many students decided it was too hot to study.  When I arrived in the classroom it was empty – only desks scattered about with empty water bottles on the floor and not a student in sight. So, I sat at the desk and took a few photos of a classroom without students for this week’s photo challenge.

The teacher’s desk is situated in the middle of the class and it acts as a barrier to separate the students. After years of studying in boys and girls schools most students feel at ease when they are separated in the classroom.

The classroom was so quiet that I decided to stay and watch some videos on my tablet instead of returning to my cubicle. As I was getting comfortable for the afternoon three boys from another group showed up and chatted for a few minutes.  They complained about the heat, saying it was absolutely awful that students should be expected to attend class when it is so hot.

They were also curious as to why I was alone in the classroom and taking photos.  When I told them the photos were  for my blog they suggested I take their photos as examples of serious and dedicated students who are willing to work hard no matter what the weather conditions.

Students working hard in writing class!

Students working hard in writing class!