Where were you this past Boxing Day? Did you have electricity like so many didn't? Were you braving the traffic and crowds for Boxing Day sales?
This year, we drove the highways and backroads of Nova Scotia to visit Wally's father in Truro.
We had no idea of what we were in for.
Although we did know that the roads were forecast to be clear,
though that doesn't necessarily mean it's true.
We headed down the highway, me with my little camera in hand,
heading south on Highway 101
delighted by all the photo "ops"
despite the one
to two seconds delay on my camera.
You can be sure I had a lot of lost photo "ops" (oops!) as well
but out of the 263 photos I took,
a few turned out.
Many were blurry but romantically salvageable;
most were tossed.
You will find that I am not my best editor
so I hope you will forgive the amount of work I'm sharing with you today.
These are more familiar sights for me now
along the road to Windsor where we will turn
just past this abandoned Nova Scotia Textiles factory
(that someone had to give up renovating into condos)
onto the road that will take us to Truro, past these gypsum cliffs,
for an hour of sideroad travelling
past the most remarkable scenery
and humble homes
like this one
and this one
like this one
and large ones
always with the quiet that only winter can bring.
It pleases me to share this sheltered part of the world with you,
so raw for the most part,
that sees a steady summer traffic
but a much more local one in winter.
Every now and then, one will see a grander home that knows how to do up Christmas
with garlands wrapping the house like giftwrap ribbon.
But by far
the outstanding feature of our drive
was the icy winter corridor we drove
with these guardians of the forest watching over us
It's been a long time since I've seen anything so otherworldly
So utterly of its own primal world
a tangled wilderness unto itself
one cannot underestimate the vastness
of these sprawling Canadian forests that so typify the north country
It is truly humbling
As we got closer to our destination
the fields began to open up.
The grass wrote messages in the snow.
In fact there were graphic messages written everywhere.
It doesn't take much to understand how close we are to a time when nothing was taken for granted.
and I think of Joni Mitchell's song:
I wish I had a river I could skate away on...
The next afternoon we would lose our electricity along with 4,000 others for 15 hours! How beautiful the snow, and...how cold!
As you can see, we survived, which is probably why I'm content to do this photo essay today in the sanctuary of my warm home. My fondest hope is for all to have safe and secure sanctuary in a home that they love, and , as always,
peace on earth