"Go as far as you can see; when you get there you'll be able to see farther." ~ Thomas Carlyle
Calendar dates that define the seasons don’t mean a lot here. It’s still winter on March 21st and except for the odd hot day it seldom feels or even really looks like summer until July. We have had dustings of snow in every month of the year and kids must almost always cover their Halloween costumers with their parkas and snowboots.
Contrary to local complaints, we do have four (albeit uneven) seasons on this hill. At 54° latitude, south of accepted ‘northern’ land, the altitude of 1200 metres encourages boreal vegetation to flourish and sends even year-round wildlife residents of lower elevations packing for the winter. To mark the turning of the calendar year and to celebrate the lengthening of the days I’ve made a collection of pictures showing the four seasons in the Swan Hills. I hope you enjoy them.
I wish all who stop here health and contentment in 2011.