Friday, March 2, 2012

Winter Wonderland

A couple of weeks ago it looked like winter was gone from Southwest Quebec. The snow had melted, the days were warm, the sap was running in the maple trees, I started letting the chickens outside: all the harbingers of spring.

Then....BOOM....winter came back with a vengeance.


Hmmm...is spring coming? (Photo by Anna Kiraly)

Two snow storms in less than a week has left the landscape looking more like mid-January than early March. But, hey, I'm not complaining! I actually like the snow! For me it means more cross country skiing, and (as I have just discovered) more opportunities for sleigh rides courtesy of our neighbour and his horses.


Ti-Gars hitched, Yvon, and friend. (Photo by the artist)



Pine cone (Photo by Anna Kiraly)

If you have never had the opportunity to travel by horse power along forest trails dappled in sunlight and violet shadows, I urge you to add it to your bucket list. Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh!

And oh what fun it is to make sleigh ride collages!


Ti-Gars - 5x7 painted paper collage on panel, © 2012 Alyson Champ



Sleigh Ride - 8x10 painted paper collage on panel, © 2012 Alyson Champ