You wake up to visions of loveliness with snow magically falling on the trees. The blowing flakes sparkle in the soft morning light and everything in the forest looks stunning in its covering in white. You wonder for a moment about the birds and the mammals in the woods. Are they okay? Of course they are. Snow is an excellent insulator against the cold.
Over a foot of snow has already fallen as you happily realize that you might just be able to make use of those snowshoes yet this year. But all your winter wonderland dreams get thrown into a snowbank when you realize that the driveway will be in need of shoveling.
It doesn’t matter how much you shovel snow, the task never gets easier. Here in Nova Scotia, the snow often feels heavier than the snow I shoveled back in Ontario. Am I just getting older or is the snow actually heavier here? It’s often followed by ice pellets that make it seem even more weighty if you let it sit for too long.
The job must be done and so you tackle it. Each shovelfull seems heavier than the last, but you press on. Shoveling is great exercise, but you have to pace yourself.
Once the job is finished, a freshly shoveled driveway is something to be proud of. There’s time for just a short break until the dreaded snowplow comes by to fill the end of the driveway. Well, speak of the devil. Just as I’m writing this, he’s made his first pass…
For more information on how snow affects animal life, see Snow Blankets
Text and photographs copyright Amy-Lynn Bell 2010