A long-time Cobalt resident told me that this winter has been one of the easiest that she remembers in her 90 years living in the area. At the risk of diminishing the concerns related to global warming, I hope the trend continues.
Back in Southern Ontario, people report many signs of spring.
Am I jealous?
Yes and no.
Sure, I’d love to hear the birds sing and the frogs croak. I look forward to the perfume of lilac blossoms and the beauty of budding fruit trees. But not so early in the season. It’s not time yet. I feel mildly panicked on behalf of the creatures and plants that were lulled back to their summer states only to be clobbered by typical March snow storms.
Here, then, is my contribution to The Changing Seasons blog challenge for March. Not much different than February. It’s still winter outside, if not on the calendar.
Because of the thaw and freeze cycle, it has been easy to get around on top of snowbanks and across frozen lakes. I’ve been able to take shots that would otherwise require a boat, or hip waders at the least.
As I was composing this post, and writing captions for the images, and editing out ugly hydro lines and poles, I recalled my initial impressions of the place. They were not positive. Witness the enormous gashes torn in the rock, remnants of the mining industry that ravaged the landscape. To be sure, remediation efforts by the government mean that hazardous structures are barricaded or buried. But that means you will encounter chain-link fencing or rock piles everywhere you go. Not exactly what I’d call pristine.
I mention this now because I realize that when you look at the pictures, you might feel put off. But I must tell you that I no longer feel repelled by the place. I love it actually. These scars are reminders of the past and the back-breaking work by dedicated men and their equally hard-working wives. The shanties, the abandoned hydro lines, and the stone foundations are testament to the community spirit that built the Town of Cobalt.
Changing Seasons is a monthly blog challenge hosted by Cardinal Guzman. Your contribution might be a single photo or a gallery, a recipe, artwork, whatever the month means to you.
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