January 8, 2014: Toughing It Out

"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness." - John Steinbeck


Polar vortex, extreme windchill, power outages, frozen pipes, and there's more to come!


Montreal, QC

I’m not one who pines for warmer climes at the first sign of snow. Acapulco? Ocho Rios? I’ll take Athabasca and Trois-Rivières. But this winter started early, and even committed skiers, snowmobilers and snowshoers, people I know who would never entertain the thought of escaping to a southern destination for a break, are now dropping the F word, Florida, in casual conversation. 


Lex Lake, NT

Many years ago, when Echo Bay Mines had a winter exploration site at Lex Lake in the Northwest Territories, I had the unique pleasure of camping at -50C. This portrait of a surveyor has been my gold standard for facing the elements and making the best of it. 


Near South Lancaster, ON

On a day trip to the very frozen Cooper Marsh in southeastern Ontario, I came across a flock of black-capped chickadees. More accurately, the flock came across me. These birds are gregarious, inquisitive, and think nothing of alighting on your gloves, especially if they suspect you’re carrying sunflower seeds for them. It was -25C when I took this photograph, and that’s without the windchill factored in. There was a stiff breeze blowing over the icy Saint Lawrence River and my numb extremities made it clear that the birds, true featherweights weighing 11 grams and measuring 13 centimetres from head to tail, are a lot tougher than me!


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Montreal, QC

Carey Management Philanthrophy Photos are printed and shipped at cost. Recent announcements from Canada Post may lead to small revisions that reflect the increase in postal rates, but for the moment, nothing has changed.


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