Monday, January 9, 2012


The winch
Life on the Ottawa River seems suspended during the winter. The Rockcliffe Yacht Club's boat winch stands neglected in the snow, waiting to be used next season, and the plants on the bank are in a state of dormancy too, making shapely silhouettes in shades of black, dull brown and grey.

All the same, these off-season scenes have an allure that can be addictive. Best wear skis or snowshoes on the riverside trail; the snow is deeper here than in other places. With the bank facing away from the sun it doesn't melt so fast.
Sumac in winter

Milkweed stalks

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