When Snow Turns into Passion…

The Otonabee River glints in sunshine as it snows, ON (photo and rendition by Nina Munteanu)

It started with a sudden hail then light snow followed by sunshine. But even as the sun shone, more snow fell. The stubborn river kept glinting in the sunlight. Huge flakes fluttered down and the river sparkled. Some trees lit up like torches behind the thick snowflakes. 

Heavy snowfall in Thompson Creek marsh as mallards swim toward the author, ON (photo and rendition by Nina Munteanu)

When I got to the marsh, the snow came down in a passion and the wind picked up. Huge flakes fell in a slant and covered the thin ice on the marsh edges. It covered the ducks, their backs full of snow, who ignored it all and just clucked and quacked and drifted close to me in curiosity. 

Heavy snow falls in the forest by the marsh, ON (photo and rendition by Nina Munteanu)

The clouds grew dark. Then the snow filled the sky and I could barely see the trees as I walked through the forest… 

windswept snow falls on path by the riparian forest, ON (photo and rendition by Nina Munteanu)

By the time I made it to the path by the river, the snow was seized by a fierce wind and flew sideways.

Sun emerges over Thompson Creek marsh after the snowstorm, ON (photo and rendition by Nina Munteanu)

Then, suddenly, like a hand on a shoulder, it all stopped. The wind and the snow. The sun emerged behind a dark scudding cloud and lit the water, now calm in the beauty after the storm.

Thompson Creek marsh after a snow in early winter, ON (photo and rendition by Nina Munteanu)

Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist / limnologist and novelist. She is co-editor of Europa SF and currently teaches writing courses at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. Visit www.ninamunteanu.ca for the latest on her books. Nina’s bilingual “La natura dell’acqua / The Way of Water” was published by Mincione Edizioni in Rome. Her non-fiction book “Water Is…” by Pixl Press(Vancouver) was selected by Margaret Atwood in the New York Times ‘Year in Reading’ and was chosen as the 2017 Summer Read by Water Canada. Her novel “A Diary in the Age of Water” was released by Inanna Publications (Toronto) in June 2020.

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