A late-March azure sky is punctuated by a row of snow geese heading north, announcing their presence with a cacophony that belies the small size of this advance party.
Near Lancaster, ON
The sound of cracking ice reverberates through the woods, producing tones that are surprisingly drawn out and theremin-like in their otherworldliness.
Near Pointe-Fortune, QC
Near Saint-Ursule, QC
Mid-afternoon on Easter Sunday, I’m passing through the town of Maskinongé on my way to a favourite waterfall near Sainte-Ursule, QC. Although the temperature is just 4°C, sunshine and the anticipation of warmer weather have encouraged people to queue up outside the ice cream parlour on Route 138. The Maskinongé River is swollen and the waterfall, impressive anytime of year, is a wall of rolling thunder that crashes over the escarpment delineating the Canadian Shield from the Saint Lawrence Lowland.
Near Saint-Ursule, QC
Nearly four weeks after the solstice, nascent buds and patches of open water appear in the Abitibi and Upper Laurentians of Quebec.
Near Amos, QC
Near Saint-Marc-de-Figuery, QC
It's a glorious time of year, after the bitter cold and before the appearance of swarms of the Simuliidae family, aka black flies, a scourge not to be taken lightly.
Near Ferme-Neuve, QC
In the city, signs of spring are ubiquitous. November through April, unsightly polyethylene-fibre car shelters turn distinctive neighbourhoods into tracts of Soviet-style sameness. They are being dismantled, and not a moment too soon.
Having lost their cover of ice and snow, long-forgotten Christmas lights are rediscovered entwined with bare branches.
Weeks ago, we were taking cover from the wrath of Old Man Winter; now, we are relishing the longer hours of daylight and the return of warmer weather.
The occasional day filled with sleet and slush is part and parcel of the season.
Like an Arthur Murray dance diagram, when we plot the route to balmy evenings and backyard barbecues, it's two steps forward and one step back.
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We've done our spring cleaning! Please take a few moments to tour the Carey Management Philanthropy Photos gallery.
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The Parting Shots:
April 18, 2016, 7:29 am: during a light snowfall, workers board their flight from Val D'Or to Agnico Eagle's Meliadine gold project near Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.
Val D'Or, QC
April 24, 2016, 12:11 pm: it's all about primary colours on a sunny day at Jean-Talon Market.