One for Livingisdetail

plough

As stated in yesterday’s entry, E.g. and I drove to her parents’ place for Christmas this year. Technically, that’s false: a few years after obtaining my license in a small village, I became an impecunious city dweller. I let my license lapse, and have never gained the confidence to re-do the driver’s test in an urban setting. In truth, then, E.g. drove to her parents’ place while I played with the camera in the passenger seat.

This explains in part why the drive from Toronto, Ontario to Saint John, New Brunswick took three days.

Today’s photo is for Livingisdetail, because she likes going on road trips. From her home in Melbourne, she’ll head out to little towns and villages in the countryside, examining evidence of Australia’s pioneer past. I’ve chosen this photo to show her what to expect on a road trip in Canada the morning after a 20-centimetre snowfall.

whoosh

This is a snow plough, a nice, heavy-duty one with two blades. Having rediscovered the macadam, it is now clearing the shoulder. Out the back, it spews sand and salt. passing-and-crossing

The driver has been working since 5 a.m., but its lights are still on mid-morning — as are everyone else’s — because of the reduced visibility caused by the blowing snow. The car is hoping to pass it. We’re in the car’s way. Five vehicles on a ten-mile stretch, and four of them are meeting here. You might also have noticed the yellow diamond-shaped sign on the right, which is warning drivers, “Caution: deer crossing.”

Northern New Brunswick: it’s a happenin’ place.

13 Responses to One for Livingisdetail

  1. Whoa, now that’s weather, you caught it nicely. Glad I wasn’t driving in that! Great photos. Our weatherman says we might get more snow this weekend, perhaps that will lift our fog.

  2. Shelley says:

    Are you sure that was just “deer crossing” and not “moose standing in the middle of the road”?

    Amazing that what is such a beautiful drive in the summer can become so treacherous in the winter. The “joys” of living in Canada.

  3. lavenderbay says:

    Yes, Huckleberry, it wasn’t pretty. Fortunately, E.g. is an excellent driver.
    I hope you guys don’t get much more snow. Your photo of the dead heron with its mate standing by was very sad evidence of the unusual weather you’ve been having in the Vancouver area.

    Never fear, Shelley, the moose crossing signs are still to come! We’ll see you at the next Rothesay dog show — July, isn’t it?

  4. Shelley says:

    August I think 😉 I know it was After Western Reserve which is the second weekend in August.

    Hey, i may just come down, and visit you guys, and Barry & Helen, if I decide i can’t afford the September cruise 🙂

  5. Alyson says:

    Mid-morning?? Crackers!!

  6. livingisdetail says:

    Wow, thanks lavenderbay! Scary but magnificent – what an expedition. I love the photos and I am trying to fan a little of that chill this way. It’s 34 degrees here today with roaring hot north winds.

  7. lavenderbay says:

    Gotta watch those cruises, Shelley. One of E.g.’s relations, who lives 15 miles or so north of Saint John, boarded a cruise ship bound for Barbados. The ship ran into foul weather or something, and had to dock early: in Saint John.

    Yes, Alyson, I think it was about 10:30.

    You’re welcome, Livingisdetail! Gee, there’s another thing I have to get my brain around: hot north winds. Our northerlies always bring the cold.

  8. It’s always fun following a snow plow and getting pelted with the salt and sand they spew out the back. You can just hear your car corroding all around you!

  9. lavenderbay says:

    Yes, James, it’s like the tinkling of many little bells… or is that the sound of one’s cash slipping down the drain?

  10. Gina says:

    There is a lot going on on that one highway. Did the truck pass him?

  11. lavenderbay says:

    Yes, Gina, the truck most likely passed the snow plough. The ploughs — we saw quite a few that day — were going at a fairly good clip, but still a little less than the conditions permitted, e.g. if they were going 45mph, the rest of us could probably do 50 (the limit was 60) . So other vehicles would eventually catch up to the ploughs, and wait for a chance to overtake them. That’s why this photo seems so crowded, when in reality there were few of us out in that crazy weather.

  12. Re the deer crossing sign, one time while I was in the eastern US on a trip (Pennsylvania or Ne Jersey, I think) I saw one of those sings alongside a highway — except that someone had altered it by adding a round, red, reflective sticker on the tip of the deer figure’s snout. RUDOLPH!! 😀

    Bobbie

  13. lavenderbay says:

    Lol, Bobbie! In Ontario we have signs depicting, presumably, a deer leaping up onto the highway, but to me it looks like he’s doing the can-can.

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