On this Christmas Eve, we’re headed for a brown (or green) Christmas in Calgary.
Please join me on an imaginary walk through a forest of evergreens covered in a thin layer of fresh, crunchy snow. Take a deep breath of crisp, pine-scented air as you stand under a clear, blue sky punctuated by the low sun at high noon.
Give yourself a Christmas atmosphere as perfect as you want it to be.
For those among you who don’t live in Calgary, you should know our weather is … how shall I say … variable.
The photo on the left was taken yesterday; it was sunny and the daytime high was 25 to 27 Celsius, depending who you ask.
The photo on the right was taken today; definitely not sunny and the temperature has been falling since overnight, now hovering around 0 Celsius.
What a change!
In the wake of the floods that washed over Calgary and southern Alberta in June, our rivers and riverbanks have changed — a lot in some places.
In the image above from early September, for example, that gravel island under the piers of the Louise Bridge over the Bow River in Calgary wasn’t there until the water receded.
In other places along the Bow and Elbow rivers, the banks have been eroded away. Meanwhile, up in the mountains, rivers and streams are cutting across backcountry, campgrounds and golf courses where they never did before.
Truly a testament to the power of nature.
Two more photos below, taken on June 25, 2013, in the immediate aftermath of the flood.