Friday, December 01, 2006

No Matter Where You Go... There You Are

Out there in the blogosphere there has been much hoo-ing and haw-ing about weather. Comm's made fun of all the hub-bub and in the process insulted Ottawa (Canada) drivers. Hey, I learned to drive in Ottawa!

As a former resident of Ottawa, I know something about snow. Snow imposes maintenance upon us. Owning a condo may have somebody else doing the work, but the work must be done. What I hadn't given much consideration before moving here is that the same may be true of sand.

Here are pics of the beach before and after the maintenance work:

Joe Caputo and his team did a great job!
[Photos by Max Hillier, our General Manager]

My sister thought I should post the beach pictures. But I can't just let it go at that, so I'll add a touch of local seasonal colour.

To whit:
Local tradition has sand, not snow, in the notion of a white Christmas. Preceding the season, people would bring white sand to their front yards; on Christmas Eve they would distribute the piles smoothly to make a pristine sand yard, complete with conch shell path, to lie undisturbed until Christmas Day.


Anonymous Nigel said...

As a former Ottawa resident you know a bit about snow. As a former Winnipegger, you should know alot about snow, and more about cold.

I assume that you wanted to make sure the photos were comparable and so took the before and after pictures from the same spot using the same camera settings including focal length, shutter speed, and aperture. Thus, I think that the job Joe Caputo did was outstanding, as he appears to have built a new building in the process (as seen on the left side of the picture).

12/01/2006 08:41:00 am  
Blogger Brent Buckner said...


:-P Per the credit, not my pics. You can judge the change in position by the proximity of the tree and the ironshore cove formation on the right.

Winnipeggers encounter less snow than Ottawans and more cold (but it's a dry cold).

12/01/2006 08:52:00 am  
Blogger Wendy said...

Oh, silly Nigel! Discussing focal length and shutter speed with Brent! Try instead angling for him to buy a digital camera ... (Note photo credit to Max.)

Great Buckeroo reference, Brent! Today we are trying to emulate the after white sandy beaches ... although I do understand sand rarely falls from the sky.

Loved the local tradition link! And when you get a digital camera ... oh ... nevermind ...

12/01/2006 08:53:00 am  
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12/01/2006 12:32:00 pm  
Blogger Wendy said...

Brent and I were making the same point to Nigel at approximately the same time. How unusual!

12/01/2006 12:34:00 pm  
Anonymous Nigel said...

I have had a fair bit of experience with cold. I know Winnipeggers will claim dry cold. My experience has been that there are only two kinds of cold, cold and f!*%#ing cold.

I am sure Brent has no need of a digital camera because film remains available and inexpensive, as well as being available in a wide variety of formats and types to allow for different looks depending on the artistic vision the photgrapher has. In short, film would allow Brent to show that artistic flair he is so well known for...

12/01/2006 12:39:00 pm  
Blogger David Rotor said...

I'll weigh in on the cold front. In my experience Ottawa winters are much harder to bear than Winnipeg.

I spent two winters in Winnipeg and other than poor ice and snow removal on the streets the "dry cold" really is much easier on the body.

I would often go to work just wearing a light wind-breaker even in -20 or colder weather. Here in Ottawa the air can remain moist even on the coldest days, and nothing is worse than being cold and wet.

12/01/2006 12:58:00 pm  
Anonymous Nigel said...

Rotor said: nothing is worse than being cold and wet

How about cold, wet, and hungry? Cold, wet, hungry, and taxed like a Canadian?

12/01/2006 01:01:00 pm  

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