Capture the Seasons: Canadian Edition

by Melissa on October 5, 2012 · 12 comments

I’m all for travel blogger memes, especially memes that allow me to showcase my photography or share my memories or experiences with readers.  Recently I’ve participated in the Travel Blogger Relay, the Capture the Colour contest and now thanks to being nominated not once, but twice – I am honoured to share my photos for Capture the Seasons put on by the fine folks over at booked.net.  I was honoured to be nominated by the lovely Christine from C’est Christine and the always-awesome Erik from On my Feet or In My Mind to share a few of my photographs that I felt best represented the four seasons.

Since I have been away from my home and native land of Canada for over a year, and haven’t been able to experience the four distinct seasons with all my senses in a way that can only be experienced in Canada – I figured this was a good opportunity to take a look at what I’ve grown up knowing to be autumn, winter, spring and summer.

Without further ado, here’s how I think of the four distinct Canadian seasons.

Niagara Falls autumn

I realize it’s autumn when…
The days grow shorter, the air gets a little bit crisper and the colours of the leaves on the trees turn marvelous shades of orange, yellow, red and brown.  It is easily my favorite season of the entire year – yet there is something extra special about a Canadian autumn.  The leaves crunch under your feet as you walk along, you get to dress in your favorite cozy hoodie, and I get to celebrate not only Halloween – but my birthday as well – all reasons why I love autumn.  This particular photo was taken at Niagara Falls and the brilliant yellow leaves are a stunning contrast to the green grass and rushing blue waters of the magnificent waterfalls.

Toronto winter

I realize it’s winter when…
The temperature drops, all water freezes, and that wretched cold stuff called snow covers everything.  Winter is without a doubt my least favorite season.  I enjoy it for about a week.  The first snowfall is always beautiful and I won’t lie and say I don’t like it – but after a few days, I’m well over it.  The beautiful winter wonderlands are soon tainted with gray-brown slush on the roads and you must wake up extra early (usually still in darkness) just to de-ice your car.  The upside? Snow days- however, now that I’m an adult and no longer in school, these wonderful stay-at-home-days are a memory of the past.   This photograph was taken at Toronto’s downtown GO bus terminal on a snow day from back in my university days.  Just looking at it gives me shivers and makes me thank my lucky stars that I’ve just spent my last winter living on the beach in New Zealand!

dandelion in spring

I realize it’s spring when…
The days grow longer, the snow disappears, buds form on tree branches everywhere, it rains like crazy and flowers start sprouting out of the ground.  In Ontario, Canada (where I grew up) my memories of spring are usually doused with lots of rainfall as the snow disappears for the next 6-7 months.  Once the grass becomes green again and the temperature rises flowers bloom everywhere – and fields are filled with these lovely dandelion seedheads that spread their seeds as the wind blows.  Baby animals are also the highlight of spring – I remember spending heaps of time at the local pond in my town feeding the ducks and Canadian geese, and oohing and ahhing over the cute little ducklings and goslings.

Muskoka chair summer

I realize it’s summer when…
The mercury rises, the sun shines all day long and once a month we get a long weekend!  Summer in southern Ontario, Canada also means that on Friday and Sunday evenings the highways to and from cottage country have bumper-to-bumper traffic and everyone heads to the cottage for the weekend.  There’s nothing better than relaxing in a Muskoka chair, sitting on a dock, overlooking the lake with a cold beer in hand, surrounded by your best mates.  It may feel as if we wait all year for these precious few months where we can soak up the sun, but these long days where temperatures can exceed 30 degrees Celsius are the days us Canadians live for.  This particular Muskoka chair was captured at my friend, Gillie’s cottage in the Kawarthas in Southeastern Ontario.

Looking at these photographs I can feel, smell, and hear all the memories of my 23 years spent in Canada during these four distinct seasons and I know in my heart that they truly capture the season.  I’m supposed to nominate bloggers to continue on this fun little meme, but in reality I know that very few people actually go ahead and participate.  I know that my best girl, Kate from CanuckiwiKate would love to participate – so tag!  You’re it!  You go girl!

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Erik October 5, 2012 at 11:47 am

These are great! You’ve just got to love Canada’s seasons. We have similar splendor here in Michigan :-)
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Melissa October 7, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Thanks Erik! I really love the contrast between the four different seasons. It’s been strange for me to live in NZ for the past year and not get the four distinct seasons like I was used to.

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anne October 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm

well done Melissa…love the pictures!

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Melissa October 7, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Thanks :)

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Kenin - The Constant Rambler October 6, 2012 at 12:03 am

Well done! We’ve only been to Canada once before, and it was only for a day! We can’t wait to get to Canada on our current trip and see some of the lovely Fall.
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Melissa October 7, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Oh I can’t wait to see the pictures you guys get on your trip to Canada :) Fall/Autumn is my absolute favorite. Enjoy it!

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Scarlett October 9, 2012 at 7:25 am

Oh I love this sort of post – it really is the little things that make up the seasons! I’d love to visit Canada xx
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Melissa October 9, 2012 at 8:40 am

I love these posts too… it’s nice to show off your photography sometimes and it’s nice to reminisce about the seasons back home – I’m definitely pretty sad that I’m missing autumn this year – no pumpkin spice latte’s from Starbucks for me… again!

You definitely should visit Canada! Come to TBEX in Toronto next year, I hear it’s going to be awesome ;)

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Svetlana (Booked.net blog) November 2, 2012 at 11:25 pm

We have just published a highlights post featuring the best photos so far, check it out here http://blog.booked.net/2012/11/02/more-highlights-from-capture-the-seasons/
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Melissa November 6, 2012 at 10:10 am

Thanks for highlighting my photograph, Svetlana. I had a great time participating in the Capture the Seasons blogger promotion thing :)

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Spencer November 29, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I love Canada and these photos have reminded me why. It is such an awesome place with such great diversity.

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