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Snow Garden

Updated on September 26, 2015

Winter's Gift

A rain forest gathers rain, a snow garden gathers snow. This hub is about the cold, wet and fluffy white stuff which occupies much of the extremities of the world's northern and southern hemispheres.

Because the Earth's axis is tilted by 23-1/2 degrees, differing lengths of daylight occur at different times of the year which creates the four seasons. By about December 21, the Sun is overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn. This is winter solstice in the northern hemisphere, which marks the shortest number of daylight hours of the year (7 hours 49 minutes) and it is the official beginning of winter. At the opposite end of the world, in the southern hemisphere, summer begins.

Huffington Post
Huffington Post

Quebec and Ontario Snow

Here in Quebec and Ontario, Canada, we have winter snow gardens where one must ply the shovel and ho ho ho to the best of their abilities.

Extremely cold and sunny days are followed by mild to moderate snow blizzards. In milder weather between 0 to -10 degrees Celsius a snowstorm may drop 5 to 35 centimeters of snow on any given day. Certain disturbances produce ice storms: A mild weather front which produces freezing rain that coats everything in ice and causes serious damages and power outages which inconveniences everyone.

Tourism Montreal: Old Montreal
Tourism Montreal: Old Montreal

Snow Love

Some people love snow for making snowballs, snowmen and igloos. Others like skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice sculpting, tobogganing or just trudging through the white stuff. Some truly dislike it, yet learn to live with it. I am kind of in between. I love the way it makes everything look, but the look starts to fade by the second or third month. And I am not that good at shoveling.

Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs
Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs

Snow Quality

In the country the crop of snow is pristine and blinding as the sun reflects upon glittering fields of snowflakes. Often, after a deep freeze, one can’t see where the land ends and the lake begins. But in the city there is a different kind of snow we facetiously refer to as SNIRT. It starts off as regular snow then turns into a mixture of snow and dirt from street vehicles. It may be gray slush or black on white.

Tourism Montreal ~from the Mount Royal lookout.
Tourism Montreal ~from the Mount Royal lookout.

City Snow

A city snow garden is lovely, whilst your car is boxed in and snow melts in your boots as you shovel a path to get to it. The front or back yard garden is always perfect for making forts and tunnels, decorating snowmen and Christmas trees. Prettiest of all are the bushes and trees littered with snow. The winter berries peppered with ice and starry flakes clinging to the horse’s mane. In this garden the children squeal with laughter, the dog barks and rolls and plows into the snow drifts. The cat gingerly paws the cold stuff then goes back inside and sulks for the rest of the winter.

Let it Snow - Photos: CTV news, Toronto Sun, McGill, National Post

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Old Quebec CityGot to get thereOld snow plowFestive lightsSnow blowerWaiting for the busMontrealGoing to schoolMontreal December 22, 2013
Old Quebec City
Old Quebec City
Got to get there
Got to get there
Old snow plow
Old snow plow
Festive lights
Festive lights
Snow blower
Snow blower
Waiting for the bus
Waiting for the bus
Montreal
Montreal
Going to school
Going to school
Montreal December 22, 2013
Montreal December 22, 2013
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sista arizona.edu

Snow: Who needs it?

The Hydrologic Cycle

Kids, winter sports enthusiasts and athletes seem to need it. More importantly, the Earth needs it. Snow only falls in certain parts of the world, yet it is very important for the Earth's hydrologic cycle [or water cycle], which provides irrigation for crops, controls climate, provides freshwater reserves, and is essential for the maintenance of life and ecosystems on our planet.

We all need it.

Fun in the Snow - Select one even if you don't get any snow where you live?

Boots loves the snow
Boots loves the snow

Which is your favorite snow activity?

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Taken in Montreal

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All photos in this set (c) Carol Houle were taken in MontrealMy snow gardenCarol & JamesMom's fencePerruchePigeons hang out above the gaz stationMcGill College Avenue
All photos in this set (c) Carol Houle were taken in Montreal
All photos in this set (c) Carol Houle were taken in Montreal
My snow garden
My snow garden
Carol & James
Carol & James
Mom's fence
Mom's fence
Perruche
Perruche
Pigeons hang out above the gaz station
Pigeons hang out above the gaz station
McGill College Avenue
McGill College Avenue

Lemoine Point Conservation Area, Kingston, Ontario - Photos courtesy of Lynda Bissonette

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FriendshipPeeking Barred OwlNum-num from a thumb. Black Capped ChickadeesThe Great Cormorant is a sea bird who has adopted Lake OntarioThe peanut trailStrike the poseIce storm branchesFamily photoTrailblazingQuietudeHungry after the ice stormNuthatch joins in the feast
Friendship
Friendship
Peeking Barred Owl
Peeking Barred Owl
Num-num from a thumb. Black Capped Chickadees
Num-num from a thumb. Black Capped Chickadees
The Great Cormorant is a sea bird who has adopted Lake Ontario
The Great Cormorant is a sea bird who has adopted Lake Ontario
The peanut trail
The peanut trail
Strike the pose
Strike the pose
Ice storm branches
Ice storm branches
Family photo
Family photo
Trailblazing
Trailblazing
Quietude
Quietude
Hungry after the ice storm
Hungry after the ice storm
Nuthatch joins in the feast
Nuthatch joins in the feast

What is Snow?

It's white, cold and wet, then it melts and disappears.

Snow is the accumulation of ice crystals which originate in clouds when temperatures are below the freezing point (0 Celsius, or 32 degrees Fahrenheit). Water vapor in the atmosphere condenses into ice crystals which absorb and freeze additional water vapor causing them to grow into snow crystals or pellets. Gravity draws them to fall on Earth.

The trip down from cloud to Earth may alter the condition and shape of the precipitation. Snowflakes are clusters of ice crystals. Snow pellets [or Graupel] are soft and crumbly. Sleet is a drizzling mix of rain and snow, sometimes referred to as freezing rain or ice pellets.

Snow can be classified as a mineral since frozen water [ice] has a chemical composition (H20) with hydrogen and oxygen atoms bonding in a specific manner.

Note: Hail, which is frozen yet not considered snow, is usually generated by thunderstorms in spring and summer, rather than in winter.

A Snowstorm to Remember - The snow came fast and poor Gato wanted to go outside.

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All photos in this set (c) Carol Houle were taken in Montreal
All photos in this set (c) Carol Houle were taken in Montreal
All photos in this set (c) Carol Houle were taken in Montreal

On Days Like These ~for me it's - Puzzles, Games, Books, Movies, & Home-made Chicken Soup.

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All photos in this set (c) Carol Houle were taken in Montreal
All photos in this set (c) Carol Houle were taken in Montreal
All photos in this set (c) Carol Houle were taken in Montreal

Refreshments on a Bed of Snow

They call this entertainment for cats, but I like it, too.

Cardinals, Jays, Nuthatches and chickadees.

2014

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All photos in this set (c) Carol Houle were taken in MontrealThe Queen's hat melting on the table January 6Hat turns into a beret January 12March, a week away from spring equinox.
All photos in this set (c) Carol Houle were taken in Montreal
All photos in this set (c) Carol Houle were taken in Montreal
The Queen's hat melting on the table January 6
The Queen's hat melting on the table January 6
Hat turns into a beret January 12
Hat turns into a beret January 12
March, a week away from spring equinox.
March, a week away from spring equinox.

© 2013 Carol Houle

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 Health, Happiness and More Snow!

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      Carol Houle 3 years ago from Montreal

      @Lee Hansen: My cat loves that video, also. He checks the back of the monitor, trying to find the birds :~)

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      Lee Hansen 3 years ago from Vermont

      My cats absolutely adore that bird video. We watch it on our TV using the YouTube channel on our Roku player. As for snow gardens, in Vermont and New Hampshire we also try to make the best of the white fluffy stuff from December through March. I design my landscaping in our gardens for all seasons, so even when there aren't any flowers or leaves we have interesting snow garden features. Enjoyed this story very much!

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      Carol Houle 3 years ago from Montreal

      @anonymous: Thanks for the like and for stopping by Susan.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Forgot to mention the lovely photo of the Cat I really want a Cat but instead I have a nutty dog lol.xxx

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Belated but very Happy New Year to you too. Loved this unusual lens.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I come from a country without snow. I'd love to experience it. - Ms. Charito from the Philippines

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      KimGiancaterino 3 years ago

      Your white garden is beautiful. We don't see much snow here in southern California, so I really enjoyed the change of scenery.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      Lovely pictures. I am very glad to say that we only occasionally have snow where I live!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      What wonderful photos and an interesting lens! I do love snow, though perhaps not the vortex variety. Always love the way it looks on the trees and bare branches. It does make me want to pull out a jigsaw puzzle and make cocoa.

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      suzyjahi 3 years ago

      Awesome and I love the beautiful photos! I also wish you great success as an author, I am also a self published author and I love using lulu also.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Beautiful article, love your snow photos, thanks for sharing with us.

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      Iris Houle 3 years ago

      your snow garden is beautiful and magical. i just wish -30 C degrees didn't follow.

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      Carol Houle 3 years ago from Montreal

      @Titia: You get Atlantic updraft from the tropics. We get Arctic vortex gone astray :~)

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      Titia Geertman 3 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      We hardly ever get that much snow in The Netherlands. At the moment temps are even at Spring level. Nice photos.

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Some fabulous shots in this great lens! Thanks a lot!