Rattling Warmth

Courtyard Melt - High Level, Alberta 1
Courtyard Melt – High Level, Alberta 1
Courtyard Melt - High Level, Alberta 2
Courtyard Melt – High Level, Alberta 2

Directed to our school courtyard, these images bear witness to a curiosity of weather. In twenty-four hours our boreal winter temperatures have moved from -35C to 0C, a change most noticed by way of intense wind rattling houses. There has been melting that has occurred at night in the wind’s warmth. Remarkably, this same weather system has stretched eight-hundred kilometres from us in northern Alberta all the way to Edmonton in central Alberta, the wind, there, breaking railroad traffic arms and causing the LRT not to run. For us, at school, in our courtyard this extraordinary night melt has produced the following sculptures.

Listening to – a friend of Brian Turner (Bachman Turner Overdrive) play a self-sculpted tune in my office at school, the end of a parent meeting establishing goodwill – this parent, playing upon my Larrivee L-05 and our special needs students enjoying the show immensely … a good, good moment, the best kind.

Quote to Inspire – “… photographs alter and enlarge our notions of what is worth looking at and what we have a right to observe.” – Susan Sontag, ‘On Photography’

2 Comments on “Rattling Warmth

  1. In the Alps the sun heats rocks sat on the snow, in turn they melt the snow, falling deeper and deeper into tunnels. We found them fascinating, a way to view the layers through to the ground below.


    • Hey there, Jim:

      It is the same within these photos – melting has left a story in layers of snowfalls on the picnic table and on the stone stools (the ice cream cone effect caught my eye here).

      Take care … 😉

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