Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Land Of Ice And Snow .... Not ....!

It is almost October, and here in Vancouver it is 87 degrees Fahrenheit -- as we speak. This is a photograph taken from the Burrard Bridge camera just moments ago. If you look closely, you can see the palm trees swaying in the light breeze. If this keeps up, there won't be any snow for the 2010 Winter Olympics which Vancouver is hosting in February 2010. But, do you hear me complaining? No. My only problem is, I was scheduled to take a vacation next week, and I have had to cancel it. That is almost sure to guarantee the weather will continue to be balmy and hot.

INDIAN SUMMER ... Emily Dickinson

These are the days when birds come back,
A very few, a bird or two,
To take a backward look.

These are the days when skies put on
The old, old sophistries of June, --
A blue and gold mistake.

Oh, fraud that cannot cheat the bee,
Almost thy plausibility
Induces my belief,

Till ranks of seeds their witness bear,
And softly through the altered air
Hurries a timid leaf!

Oh, sacrament of summer days,
Oh, last communion in the haze,
Permit a child to join,

Thy sacred emblems to partake,
Thy consecrated bread to break,
Taste thine immortal wine!


Deedee said...

There's nothing more wonderful than Indian Summer. Enjoy!

Russell said...

Could it be? Is it possible? Could this happen??! That I could be the FIRST to comment!!! Heh!

Here in Iowa we are having a cool fall -- I really cannot remember the last 87 degree day.

Yes -- it was not long ago I thought Vancouver was a very wet, cloudy and often cold place - complete with ice and snow and maybe sled dog teams!!

I have now learned that this is a great conspiracy perpetrated by the people of Vancouver to keep tourists away after September 1 and before June 1 - heh!!!

Thanks again for the nice post yesterday for my birthday... it was appreciated as were all the kind remarks!

Now back to your, uh, ice, snow and rain!! Heh!! (Righttttt!)

Russell said...

Heh!! Story of my life every so often -- day late and dollar short! But I agree with DeeDee!!!

susie said...

And I am sitting here, shivering, and hoping that we get an indian summer next week. Monday dawned cold and cloudy, and it's been that way ever since. Snows, then the sun comes out and melts it, then it snows again. And the temps are only in the 30's. It's the joy of living in Colorado.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Not that hot here in the midwest, but pleasant. This is my favorite time of year. Enjoy.

lovelyprism said...

It is still very warm and humid down South. I cannot wait for it to cool down so I can take a drive up into the mountains and see the "changing of the guard", all the trees in riotous color. Maybe a picnic lunch. I'll post pics after I go.
why did you have to cancel your vacation?

ivan said...

That palm tree is going to freeze his nuts uff come winter.

Small City Scenes said...

Egg sellant shot. LOL
Just south of you about 100 miles. same weather but here I am wondering where the rain is. MB

the walking man said...

I have been slightly curious about the Olympics. Where are the snow (outside events) going to be. I remember years past from reading here that you have rainy winters.

Canarybird said...

Yes the long Indian Summer on the west coast is wonderful. I was there for part of it last year. And palm trees don't freeze. My daughter on Vancouver Island has had two in her back yard for years. They're the hardy windmill palm which can stand chilly winters. I keep an eye on that Burrard Street webcam often to check out the Vancouver weather. I hope you have warm weather for your holiday, whenever you have one Jo! regards, Sharon.

PhilipH said...

Is it 'global warming' I ask myself.

Who knows, is my swift reply.

Heard a scientist say on radio a few days ago than over the next ten years the earth will experience a marked DROP in temperature.

After that decade, according to the expert, the warming will start in earnest.

So, looks like the Feb 2010 games will be OK. Hope so, anyway.

Deb said...

wow you are warmer than we are here in Texas it was 58 this morning...crazy weather

Land of shimp said...

Susie, I'm in Colorado too, freezing half to death over here! Holy crow, I think we must have shipped our Indian Summer to Vancouver!

Enjoy it, Jo :-) Sorry you had to cancel your plans, but what fantastic weather you are having. Fear not, the gods of weather will take care of the winter Olympics, I feel sure of it.

Jo said...

DeeDee, I know, it's my favorite time of the year. It's wonderful...!

Russell, LOL, you got edged out again. *heh* And yes, we have had record breaking temperatures here for months now. I have never even seen a dog team. We are almost 1,300 miles away from Alaska, but only 700 miles away from sunny California. :-)

Susie...! Snow...! No...!

Kathy, I am enjoying it, believe me. :-)

LovelyPrism, oh, I had work-related issues ... *sigh* Be sure to take pictures when you go up to the mountains. :-)

Ivan, no, the palm trees don't freeze here. We have palm trees all over the place. :-)

SmallCityScenes, LOL...!! *heh* And yes, we is rather unusual.

Mark, they may actually have to use the snow-making machines, can you believe it!? *heh*

Sharon, oh yes, I remember the wonderful Indian summers in Port Alberni, and still being able to swim in Sproat Lake to almost Thanksgiving. Wonderful, wasn't it!?

Philip, yes, it is actually climate change, rather than global warming. There is flooding in the US and Europe right now. That is also part of it.

Deb, I know, it is crazy! And we still have forest fires all through BC.

Alane, yes, I have a feeling the 2010 Winter Olympics will be a big success. Hope, hope, hope... *heh*