Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The First Day Of Winter: In Toronto (2015)

Canada’s Seasons


“Mon pays ce n’est pas un pays, c’est l'hiver.” 

Winter’s Blues:
Photo Credit
: ©Perry J. Greenbaum, 2015
In North America, we have entered the season of winter, which in Canada is associated with snow, icy cold winds, frost, bitter cold and short days with diminished sunlight. (The December solstice was on December 21, 2015, at 11:49 p.m. EST). In this photo taken yesterday from my sixth-floor window, looking northwest and overlooking the park, there is no evidence of snow, no evidence of the typical symbols associated with Canadian winters, other than the bare tree branches; it has been a mild December so far. The temperature is 9°C (54°F), with the air filled with mist and the skies grey when this photo was taken, around sunrise, which was at 7:48. a.m. Today, there will be slightly less than nine hours (8:55:49) of daylight here in Toronto. The days have already started to becoming longer than yesterday, with the addition of five seconds.