Cold Alberta Morning – What Minus 20°C Looks Like

American: We get an awful lot of cold waves from Canada. Can’t we weatherstrip the border?
– Author Unknown –

In Canada, 0° C is the freezing point of water (and exposed skin). So what is -20° C like? If you live south of me, you may soon find out, because that is what the temperature is here this morning and when the wind picks up it will probably head your way!! (And that merits two exclamation marks.)  I, plucky Canadian that I am, braved the cold to take some pictures for you. Then I tracked down some quotations that will explain what winter means to me.

The bird bath and the solar lights – they are all starting to list as the frost heaves them one way or another.

A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.
– Carl Reiner –

allium AlbertaEverything was coated with frost this morning and that was the only reason I went outside to take pictures!

Winter is the season in which people try to keep the house as warm as it was in the summer, when they complained about the heat.
– Author Unknown –

ice crystal macroIf it hadn’t been so cold, I would have set up the tripod to take photos of these spruce needles.

Antisthenes says that in a certain faraway land the cold is so intense that words freeze as soon as they are uttered, and after some time then thaw and become audible, so that words spoken in winter go unheard until the next summer.
– Plutarch, Moralia –

These are my tracks in the snow as I darted to and fro snapping photos. In any other circumstances, wouldn’t you say that  the maker of these tracks had had one drink too many!?

47 thoughts on “Cold Alberta Morning – What Minus 20°C Looks Like

  1. Hi,
    Now that is very cold, I just couldn’t imagine being in such cold weather. You were very brave going outside, but what magnificent photos.
    I had a bit of a laugh about your footprints, they do look funny zig zagging all over the place. 😀


    1. Hi Cee – it was a wonderful morning. I just returned from another session of shooting photos outside, and it is not nearly so magical because the frost has disappeared!


  2. The crystal spruce needles and the frost on top of the plant are stunningly beautiful! Thank you for taking pictures in -20C! Hope you didn’t stay out there for long.


  3. Beautiful pictures, though if it is all the same with you, please keep that cold air up in your parts. We’ll be a bit more welcoming of Canadian air masses mid summer.


  4. Margie, will hit 70 degrees here today. That’s Fahrenheit. I plan on putting on shorts and a tee-shirt and take my sweet little cocker spaniel for a long walk.
    I’m sure the cold is nice, too. HF


    1. Hope you and your puppy had a nice walk, Harper. Enjoy your weather – I’m sure, before too long, that you will have days that are unbearably hot!


    1. Thanks Fergie – Really, there is a reason why people don’t flock to Canada to live! Well, they do flock, but once they have experienced their first winter, many flock back home, or flock south for the winter.


    1. Hi Amanda – 70 degrees would feel wonderfully warm to us! We live in a dry climate, so the cold isn’t really as bone chilling as a wet cold, such as England.


    1. No problem, yearstricken. It wasn’t like I had a choice – my camera said, “Suit up, lady, we’re going outside!”


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