Monday, January 19, 2009

Clearing The Ice/ My World

Creating an outdoor rink on Lake Simcoe

It was a cold Saturday morning (well below zero on the Fahrenheit scale, -24 Celsius), but tons of people were outdoors enjoying the rare (so it seems lately) winter sun. This dad, son and golden retriever were clearing a place on the edge of the lake to skate, almost like in the olden days...except the dad had a snow blower.

Got to love this age. Doesn't the boy look happy shoveling snow?


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48 comments:

Kerri said...

What a sweet capture!

Walker said...

Interesting and beautiful. Funny, I had this picture of the ice forming a natural rink never thinking it needed to be prepared. Ha ha. Great pictures.

Jan said...

Like Walker, I'm a Californian, never thought of having to do this. Ergggg. Great captures, EG. Love those rosy cheeks on the son.

Small City Scenes said...

Now that is a ton of snow. but what a great family picture.
Our snow is gone, gone, gone.!!! MB

Shammickite said...

Wish I could skate.

Jarart said...

This is great! Such a happy scene. I loved the bench shadow also.

Louise said...

How cool. (Honestly, no pun intended!) I thought snow blowers were like leaf blowers until I met my husband from North Dakota. I had no idea they were such a powerful machine.

Ms. Hays said...

WoW - I never thought of how it was done - good to know!

2sweetnsaxy said...

Wonderful shots! Looks like a lot of work to have a little fun. I hope it's a LOT of fun. :-)

WillThink4Wine said...

I did a collage today for my sister's haiku post today. It is a collection of shots from our childhood. The collage consists of photos from just 2 days in the late 60's. One day was Easter and the other was just an ordinary winter's day of skating on the rink my Dad had made for us to skate on. It was huge! And it was a great hit with us, as well as every kid in the neighborhood! http://mybellavia.blogspot.com/

Rose said...

That looks like a big job to be done....a nice capture of a moment in time.

Sara G said...

Great post and photo's!!
Brrr, looks awful cold!!

SandyCarlson said...

That's dedication. I am impressed.

ViennaDaily said...

Our lawn cleared away when the sun shone, but like there I saw people at the lake clearing it so they could skate...just need the time to go there and take some shots!

Beautiful scene!

FickleMinded said...

no ice for my entry today, but you know your world is my world, so go figure. :)
good for you that you still make a great photo out our of icy world. :)
Thanks for stopping by.:)

Mamapippa said...

So cold, brrrr .... I feel the cold. Very nice pictures !

Reader Wil said...

The photo of the boy is great and it has a perfect composition!

Janie said...

I love the photo of the child shoveling. He does look like he's enjoying himself. Beautiful scenery. Hope you get to go skating.

Carver said...

I am enjoying your winter shots so much. These are great.

The Good Life in Virginia said...

love the little guys red cheeks :)
great post ^..^

Mojo said...

I suppose if it had occurred to me to think o fit, I might have realized that you'd have to shovel the snow off the ice. But considering that what usually passes for snow here is ice, it didn't occur to me.

And yes, I was actually born in Raleigh and other than a few brief periods when I moved away, I've lived here all my life. So I remember more than most about the area, though it's grown so much so fast I'm not sure it'd be fair to say I know more than anybody else.

My favorite part of this? The look on the dog's face. He's all business looking out for his humans isn't he?

Too bad the enthusiasm for manual labor is something the kid'll grow out of in a few years ;)

ms426d said...

Good catch of the young man enjoying his work. Love to see all that snow!

imac said...

Glad the lad was wrapped up well, well caught .

Guy D said...

Those shots are so Canadian, perfect myworld shots.

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

Ruth said...

I would say that boy looks about 7 years old, a rather perfect age in my opinion. Work is fun, isn't it? Great winter pictures.

Glennis said...

A big cold job for a young lad and his Dad, but I am sure they will clear a nice patch together. The fun will be all the sweeter for having done the work.

Susie of Arabia said...

Your world is SO different from mine. Just looking at your photos makes my feet cold!!! They are great photos for sharing for MyWorld.

Rural Writer said...

Lovely pictures, and great subjects. But glad all that snow is where YOU live and not here in my part of the southern US, ha, ha!

Carletta said...

Isn't he the sweetest with his little purple shovel.
That doggie seems to have his eye on you.

Babooshka said...

So cold but a lot of fun.

ewok1993 said...

Winter looks like so much fun at your world. Thanks for sharing.

precious said...

Love d pictures. Love d story it brings ..

Natural Moments said...

You'd think they would have marketed a kids snow blower to emulate dad :) O

mannanan said...

Wow I want to do that. Fantastic captures again just what I expect on this great site. Thanks for sharing your world with us all.

Wren said...

Ah, yes - Once upon a time, I asked to wash the dishes. I hope this young man keeps his love of the outdoors, even if shoveling snow loses its appeal.

Swarna said...

I am happy to visit snow covered peaks in the summer! Looks like good exercise though! :)

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Wow that's ALOT of snow and alot of clearing to do - beautiful though

fishing guy said...

EG: What a super capture of the ice clearing. That is one thing I never thought of using a snow blower for.

GrandmaKathleen said...

Lovely photo af snow removal being so much fun, the anticipation of skating on your cleared snow ice rink.
Growing up I went skating at a pond with my dad and little brother and I remember he would bring a shovel and a broom with him to clear away an area that we could have for our family. Brings back some wonderful memories of my dad being a great skater, of course he taught my brother to play ice hockey. I just did the figure skating wanting to be like Dorothy Hamill.

Arija said...

Oh that brings back memories of shovelling a pond in Vermont so that we could skate on it. It was wonderful fun and good exercise too.

Catherine said...

Thanks to share that typical "hobby" of your world ! I wouln't have imagined one could do such hard task just for to skate !
I wonder how much the ice is thick underneath. That's a sort of question people who aren't used to cold weather ask !

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Catherine,
The ice is VERY thick. Cars and trucks are driving on it this time of year.

Steffe said...

This is winter to me. You seem to much more snow in Canada than I have in Sweden, but we still have the frozen lakes.

Mary said...

Great post! A winter world it is! If he looks happy he's either getting paid or just started. (I guess that sounds cynical) OK...it's a lovely family portrait!

Susan said...

Beautiful photos! I love to see snow photos because we hardly get any here, and seeing folks out in it is an extra treat. Enjoy the beauty of it, and thank you for sharing the photos!

gnometree said...

My kids love shovelling things too! Only they shovel beach sand. LOL. It sure seems like such a lot of work.

Luiz Ramos said...

Great your World and photos.

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