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The following images capture the spirit of winter in the Sudbury area.

Most of the photographs were taken at Burwash, south of the city of Sudbury.  This is the same area were most of the wildflowers were photographed.

This winter (November 2000 - February 2001) there has been much more snow than in the last 10 years.  Also, we have an ice storm on February 9-10, 2001.  While freezing rain makes survival more difficult for animals, it creates a very different and beautiful environment.

Winter heavy snow, Burwash, Ontario, www.wildflower.com

There were several heavy snow falls during January 2001.  The conifer forest floor was covered by rabbit tracks.  This habitat provides lots of food and projection from the cold wind and predators.

Location: Burwash

Date: January 2001

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Winter creek, Wanapetei River area

The winter of 1999-2000 was not as severe as the winter of 2000-2001. Illustrated here is a late afternoon sun casting shadows over a creek that flows into the Wanapitei River, by Second Road.

Date: January 6, 2000

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Winter snow, Burwash, www.ontariowildflower.com

Heavy snow in the conifer trees creates a new world.

Location: Burwash

Date: January 2001

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Winter ski, Burwash, Ontario, www.ontariowildflower.com

Winter snow makes it easier to access locations that are difficult to get to during the summer.  This ski crosses a bog. Black spruce occur along the margin of the bog.

Location: Burwash

Date: January 2001.

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Winter sun, Burwash, www.ontariowildflower.com

During the winter, the sun does not climb as high in the sky, compared to the summer sun.  In this deciduous forest, the long shadows result when the sun is low on the horizon. This image was taken in mid-afternoon.

Location: Burwash

Date: December 2000.

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Winter in a deciduous forest, www.ontariowildflower.com

Contrast between heavy snow on deciduous and conifer trees.

Location: Burwash

Date: December 2000.

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Winter fox track, Burwash, Ontario.

In the winter, it is much easier to see evidence of the animals that live in an area.  The straight line of these tracks is typical of a fox.

Location: Burwash

Date: January 2001.

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Winter squirel track, Burwash, www.ontariowildflower.com

Red squirrels are common in both the deciduous and coniferous forest.

Location: Burwash

Date: January 2001.

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Winter on Wanapetei River

Wanapetei River in winter.

The Wanapitei River was open in mid-winter. Water created icicles along the river edge.

Location: Wanapitei River on Secord Road, north of Burwash.
Date: January 6, 2000.

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Winter on Wanapetei river edge

In mid-winter, the sun is low in the sky and shadows are long. During the winter of 1999-2000, the Wanapitei River was open in mid-winter.

Location: Wanapitei River on Secord Road, north of Burwash.
Date: January 6, 2000.

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Spring ice

In the spring, the ice on the Wanapitei River breaks up.  If an ice dam forms, the rising river water lifts the ice blocks over the adjacent land. This photograph illustrates ice blocks that are up to 1 m in thickness located tens of metres away from the river.

Location: Wanapitei River, on Secord Road
Date: Spring 2000.

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Ice storm, Burwash Ontario

Ice storm, Burwash Ontario

An ice storm hit the Sudbury area in February, 2001.

Location: Burwash
Date: February, 2001.

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Winter bridge, Burwash, Ontario.

An old arched wooden bridge (at the right end of the open water) emerges during a break in a snow squall. One beaver briefly surfaced in the small patch of open water. Its lodge is just visible at the far end of the bridge.

Location: Burwash
Date: December 26, 2001.

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Winter goldenrod, Burwash, Ontario.

Goldenrod covered with fresh snow. Between December 24 and 29, local snow squalls dumped up to 30 cm of snow in very local areas. Burwash received lots of snow, while Sudbury received virtually none.

Location: Burwash
Date: December 28, 2001.

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Falling snow, Burwash, Ontario.

Heavy snow lingers in red pine. Occasional snow falls cascade in a curtain of white.

Location: Burwash
Date: December 29, 2001.

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Winter cattails, Burwash, Ontario.

Snow-covered cat tail along the edge of a small lake.

Location: Burwash
Date: December 29, 2001.

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Winter beaver meadow, Burwash Ontario

Early snow covers a beaver meadow.

Location: Burwash
Date: December 29, 2001.

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Winter conifer trees, Burwash Ontario

Winter conifer trees along an old logging road.

Location: Burwash
Date: December 29, 2001

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Winter shadows on Burwash lake, Ontario

Winter shadows on a Burwash lake.

Location: Burwash
Date: December 29, 2001

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Winter stump shadows, Burwash lake.

Winter stump shadows on a Burwash lake.

Location: Burwash
Date: December 29, 2001

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Winter creek, Burwash Ontario

A warm winter and lots of rain in the fall means that creeks are still open despite the late season.

Location: Burwash
Date: December 29, 2001

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Steeplebush in winter, Burwash, Ontario, copyroght 2002 Andy Fyon.

 

A silhouette of steeplebush in the winter snow.

Location: Burwash area
Date: January, 2002

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Conifer in ice and fog, Copyright 2007 Andy Fyon, www.ontariowildflower.com

Conifer grove and a beaver lodge in a spring fog over an ice-covered winter lake.

Location: Burwash
Date: March 25, 2007

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Ice Crystals

The following images of ice crystals were photographed at Burwash on November 16, 2002.

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Ice crystals, Copyright 2002 Andy Fyon.

Ice crystals, Copyright 2002 Andy Fyon.

Ice crystals, Copyright 2002 Andy Fyon.

Ice crystals, Copyright 2002 Andy Fyon.

Ice crystals, Copyright 2002 Andy Fyon.

Ice crystals, Copyright 2002 Andy Fyon.

Ice crystals, Copyright 2002 Andy Fyon.

Ice crystals, Copyright 2002 Andy Fyon.

Ice crystals, Copyright 2002 Andy Fyon.

Ice crystals, Copyright 2002 Andy Fyon.

Ice crystals, Copyright 2002 Andy Fyon.

Ice crystals, Copyright 2002 Andy Fyon.


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