Danger! Iceberg Ahead!

HUGE!!! Iceberg on Widderlake

HUGE!!! Iceberg on Widderlake

This recent cold spell resulted in a phenomenon I’d never seen before. Perhaps to Northern hemisphere dwellers it might seem like just another winter’s day, but for someone who’s experience of monochromatic landscapes has been drought baked deserts  or bushfire charcoal plains, the sight of an entire lake of frozen water left me with a sense of magical wonderment that’s difficult to articulate.

Widderlake is frozen!

Only tiny patches of open water remain

Only tiny patches of open water remain

The ice isn’t very thick, certainly not thick enough to walk on. This is the Lower Mainland after all – a little patch of rainforest tucked up against mighty Pacifica – but still enough to take my breath away. When the snow started falling and turn it into a giant white Portal to the Great Mystery, I found myself laughing and crying with the joy of it all.

Fun fact about the Pacific Ocean: If you look at a globe of the world, the Pacific Ocean almost covers an entire hemisphere.

Imagine if humans had evolved as an aquatic species … our world might be called ‘Ocean’ instead of ‘Earth’ …and think of the size of our backyard. Last time I checked our little blue planet was 30% dry dirt and 70% water … Hmmm … I feel a story coming on.


“I’m an Irish Catholic and I have a long iceberg of guilt!” Edna O’Brian, poet, playwright, novelist

6 comments on “Danger! Iceberg Ahead!

  1. Eileen O'Farrell says:

    Get your ice skates ready!


  2. suelange says:

    Winter. Happens to the best of us!


    • Widdershins says:

      I remember the first time I saw the snow on the mountains that are in Vancouver’s backyard.
      I’d just arrived in Canada in July 2004. Straight from Australia’s Winter to Summer on the Lower Mainland. After I’d caught up with myself — travelling halfway around the world leaves a gal a little disoriented – Mrs Widdershins and I went out for a walk.
      We were halfway across a very busy 6-lane street when I glanced up and saw these snowcapped mountains seeming to loom directly over my head. I don’t think I even breathed for a few seconds. I was completely gobsmacked.
      Mrs Widdershins had enough presence of mind to drag me off the crosswalk before the lights changed.
      I still feel that same sense of awe, every time I come across another manifestation of just how different the climates of Australia and Canada are.


  3. jannatwrites says:

    Love the picture of the lake. We had a cold spell not too long ago where some swimming pools iced over (not solid enough to walk on, but some played hockey on them.)


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