Seasonal Transitions

The morning sky is hazed to Wedgewood blue and throughout the neighbourhood rooftops glisten with frost. I’ve been visiting family in the east Kootenay city of Cranbrook. Last week each day began with a snow flurry and ended with sunshine. This week began with sunshine and despite the freezing temperature this morning I saw my first robin.


Cranbrook is rimmed with the start of the Rocky Mountain range and snow laden peaks flaunt their daily reminder that here the transition from winter to spring isn’t complete yet.


Snow won’t have melted from the woods surrounding our Cariboo cabin either, and the lake there will still be frozen, but here in the Kootenays spring is hovering in the wings. It’s interesting how one season melds into the next across the province. There’s a slow progression with disappointing setbacks that become less frequent until suddenly you realize the changeover occurred when you weren’t paying attention.


Since robins have returned here it has to mean spring greening is near. I’ll be anxiously watching for those first buds.



Published by Carol

A freelance writer of fiction and non-fiction living on the West Coast of Canada.

3 thoughts on “Seasonal Transitions

  1. From your description alone, I can’t imagine anyone not succumbing to the attraction of your beautiful depiction of Cranbrook.

    In a similar way, we start off with frost and end with sunshine and a beautiful sunset every evening. I feel lucky to be Canadian, a British Columbian and a northerner.

  2. Today was a travelling day for us (we’ve been away from home for 2-1/2 weeks) and we came home to find Spring had arrived on the south coast during our absence. It was 22 C. (about 73 F.) as we arrived… the warmest we’ve seen since last summer, and there is green grass, forsythia and cherry trees in bloom, and best of all… every vestige of snow has finally disappeared! Yay!!!

    Dave, I don’t mind the snow, although most winters here it tends to be wet and short-lived. This winter was an exception so I’m very glad to see the end of it. I don’t tolerate heat very well, mind you, so if I were in your locale I’d be welcoming those mid-sixties!

    I can imagine your sunsets are spectacular on the frozen lake, Joylene. Your northern winters last longer than our southern ones (southern being relative here), but their vivid skies and abundance of bright sunshine are probably easier to take than a shorter dose of dreary south coast rain, fog and slush!

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