The End of a Winter!?

It is not a secret that winters in Vancouver area are mostly rainy and not so cold, in general. I mean, there is still some snow on nearby mountains – considerable amount, according to my colleague who is spending his weekends on ski terrains on Cypress mountain and Mt. Seymour – but we are witnessing changes in nature around us.
I made this photo 3 weeks ago :faint:

But there is still a lot of rain and probably will be even more in next few months. But when a weather clears up, staying at home feels like wasting of a precious opportunity. Since we started a new hiking season there is a decision to use every nice Saturday to go hiking. Even in neighbourhood. Even when a trail is short and easy.

I know, I know, it looks like a jungle but it's not that bad. And the beginning of trail is only 5 minutes by car from where we live πŸ˜€
Anyway, we plan some serious hikes this summer and that will require some preparations. In both physical and mental ability. Earlier we start, the better.
Yesterday it was supposed to rain but unexpectedly it cleared up in the morning so we went to a nearby Lighthouse Park. The air was warm and ocean was quiet.
Perfect :happy:

more photos here and here!

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68 Responses to The End of a Winter!?

  1. claudeb says:

    Trees blooming before Frebruary 1st? In the northern hemisphere?! This is one weird winter we're having…

  2. gdare says:

    The rest of Canada is more or less still under snow. Yesterday they had a blizzard in Merritt, about 300km to the east. It is Vancouver weather that is acting weird :left:What is it like in Bucharest right now?

  3. SittingFox says:

    The West Coast 'jungle' looks very pretty. It'll be a while until the bears wake up, though.

  4. Suntana says:

    Heyyy! Isn't that 2nd photo the location of that scene in the movie Predator where Arnold Schwarzenegger and his gang totaled a section of jungle? :insane:Just kidding. Great photo! I guess the rumors that Canada was just a huge block of ice the entire Winter were exaggerated.

  5. claudeb says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    What is it like in Bucharest right now?

    Dry, and not too cold, as it was for most of the winter. We had a little snow, two or three times, but it didn't last. And some trees want to bloom here as well.

  6. sanshan says:

    That's a typical Vancouver winter. The crocuses are up too!

  7. Stardancer says:

    Beautiful photos. :up:There are flowers blooming here, too. Having some pretty bad thunderstorms passing through today. My grass is turning green, and clover is blooming. Yard actually needs mowing already.:eyes:There's a chance for snow Wednesday, though.:D

  8. mrandmrsbard says:

    Beautiful pictures.:up:

  9. gdare says:

    Adele, it always amazes me how green it is here all around a year :yes:Carlos, I know that "Rambo" was filmed in BC (in Hope) but I doubt "Predator" was πŸ˜› Anyway, as San said, this is just a Vancouver version of winter :DSan, I've seen them today, too. Near dentist's office :DFelix, pretty much like Belgrade, then :up:Star, how do you plan to mow yard under the snow? :PDoug & Judy, thanks and welcome to my blog :cheers:

  10. Spaggyj says:

    Wow. I wanna play in the not quite a jungle πŸ˜€

  11. Furie says:

    Some lovely scenery up there. I can give you a shot of a car park and a place where a hobo peed. :up:

  12. gdare says:

    Kimmie, ok just don't go into water, it is too cold :DMik, I think I can live without that πŸ˜†

  13. Spaggyj says:

    Knowing me, Darko, I'd somehow manage to fall in πŸ™„

  14. Aqualion says:

    We have the ground growth blooming too. Saw the first Aconites around February 2nd. Snowdrops are coming on too. Still frost and a fine layer of snow, but we can smell spring in the air now.

  15. sanshan says:

    We went hiking yesterday and there was so much new snow we had to turn back….

  16. spooksister says:

    We DID NOT have a blizzard in Merritt. That may have been a report you saw about the Coquihalla just to the south of us. In Merritt is has just been windy. Cool and mostly sunny.

  17. rose-marie says:

    That's a beautiful picture, that top one. Gaaaah, I want spring now! :awww:

  18. serola says:

    Second shot is just great :hat: Really looks like a jungle, but very welcoming jungle :up:

  19. gdare says:

    Kimmie, ok I know there is Mik to jump to save you :DMartin, rain again here, that means winter is still on charge but spring looks like that, too :left: You are right, spring smell when it is around, just like a fresh snow :left:San, and it was melting; and I forgot my cap :irked:Sal, I thought I saw some photos and reports :sherlock: Well, you are there so I know now :cheers:Rose, I thought you viking girls like snow :whistle:Sami, rain forests of BC are beautiful. Thanks :cheers:

  20. There2ia says:

    Beautiful photos! I wish that the spring will come soon πŸ™‚

  21. gdare says:

    I guess, snow looks nice only on photos, eh? πŸ˜€

  22. There2ia says:

    I think so… πŸ˜† I like to see it while I am in a warm room. πŸ™‚

  23. gdare says:

    Exactly πŸ˜†

  24. AnitaMargita says:

    😎 shots! :up:

  25. Mickeyjoe-Irl says:

    So do you either have rainy and mild or dry and cold(er)? That's how it works around here. It was a pretty mild winter up until a couple of weeks ago. Now they're saying that the rain will return but it should get warmer.

  26. Aqualion says:

    I had my first day in the garden. Raking the front lawn. And going to the hardware store to get new stuff. Spring is here. I said so. So, now it's time for us to leave our houses and go out and make the land!

  27. volkuro says:

    Flowers already?? I should post photos of my reality :smurf: :left: Wish you a great hiking season :cheers:

  28. Zulia says:

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawh….I love the photos……I wish I could go there!!!! Beautiful!!

  29. gdare says:

    Ana, thanks :cheers:Mick, it was rainy and mild. Even more than the last winter. And now a Pineapple Express has started, we had about 100 liters per square meter last weekend. In Tofino, where we were married, it was 265 l/m2 :faint:Martin, I thought I saw some snow in the photo you posted on FB :left:Louis, we are also waiting for some photos and blog about Cambodia πŸ™„ Thanks :cheers:Zulia, thanks. I know that Sumatra has a beautiful landscapes, one of my friends was there several years ago 😎 I know it is in another country, but it's much closer than Canada πŸ™‚

  30. Aqualion says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    Martin, I thought I saw some snow in the photo you posted on FB

    Those pictures were not taken today. They're two weeks old or so. However, we had snow up until last wedensday. Then temperatures went up, and now all snow is gone. It's like that around here. Probably get snow agains next weekend. Then sun for a few days, then rain, then snow and then heat wave. It is as if Danish weather can't decide.

  31. gdare says:

    :lol:I remember some heat waves in April back in Belgrade, though :left:

  32. Aqualion says:

    Last couple of years it is as if the transitions between European summer and winter has become over night events. One day it's winter, next day it's summer. And the same with Autumn. The weather has become funny. Everybody can see that now.

  33. MirabelaTM says:

    The second picture looks like the scene from some fairy tale πŸ™‚

  34. Zulia says:

    Sumatra is beautiful. Hahaha, just that I'm stuck with work and cant go anywhere yet!

  35. gdare says:

    Martin, it is funny for me to say but since I came to Canada, I don't suffer from those sudden weather changes. In Vancouver we have a short summer and long rainy autumn/winter/spring. In November temperatures dropped to 10C and more or less stayed there all the time :PMira, sometimes I feel like being in some fairy tale myself :happy:Zulia, I know the feeling…

  36. sanshan says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    I feel like being in some fairy tale myself

    and they all lived happily ever after…:heart:

  37. Aqualion says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    sometimes I feel like being in some fairy tale myself

    It makes me feel really good to know that. I mean it, deeply and sincerely. :up: And don't worry, I got Europe covered. Not that hard, as I'm sure you remember.

  38. MirabelaTM says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    I feel like being in some fairy tale myself

    I am glad to hear that :happy: :wizard:

  39. Mickeyjoe-Irl says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    Mick, it was rainy and mild. Even more than the last winter.

    Well, I wasn't talking about the winter in general but day to day. eg. We had a very unusual stretch where there was no rain for about two weeks and the temperatures were single digits. Now the rain is back, but we got up into the low teens.

  40. sanshan says:

    It was 11 today! :hat:

  41. Mickeyjoe-Irl says:

    I think we might have made 5, and it struggled to try and snow all day. πŸ˜₯

  42. sanshan says:

    No crying! You're from Saskatchewan man! Get a grip! :knight:

  43. Mickeyjoe-Irl says:

    I wouldn't mind the freezing temperatures – about 8 degrees below normal – the hail, or the snow flurries that followed, but the weather seems to have knocked out the internet in the area. :no: (I'm on my phone which is dog slow.)And Dublin airport closed for snow clearing earlier. I hope there's no problems on Saturday. :worried:

  44. gdare says:

    San :heart:Martin, good to know that :up: :sst: How are you getting along with Mik? I know he is pretty fussy about his island :left: :right:Mira, thanks :cheers:Mick, we have a rainfall warning… again *bored*

  45. saritasaralsingh says:

    Hii Darko!!!I know I am not the usual reader of your blogs…so my priority is less(Hope u remember me…..I keep on asking this question)…..but guess what??? I got a job and ….I also feel like blogging but then….ok how r u??? and how is Canada?? and how is San??? you people cannot imagine how much happy I felt when I came to know that you both are together (I know how it sounds to you like some stranger talking something unusual):rolleyes: but I have the right to explain my feelings for both of you even though it sounds little weird :eyes: :yes: :sing:

  46. gdare says:

    Sarita, thanks, we are both doing ok. It's been raining here – as usual – but spring is on its way :up:What kind of job it is?

  47. Aqualion says:

    Mik is British. I was not talking about Britain.I was talking about Europe. πŸ˜‰ And Europe is doing okay.Apart from Greece.And Italy. And Spain. And Cyprus. And Romania. And…

  48. Pineas2 says:

    "And Europe is doing okay…" but are the Europeans also doing okay?

  49. Aqualion says:

    That is actually the most important question to ask when adressing the state of today. What I see is politicians working day and night, to the state where the ideological picture we have been used to, and are educated to navigate within, is breaking apart. And what is it they are working at? Economy. Not people, not ideas, not visions and dreams about a better world. Only money. It worries me. That is how wars start.

  50. Mickeyjoe-Irl says:

    On the bright side I don't think anyone can afford to go to war these days. πŸ˜‰

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