Maybe Iâ€™m just getting old, but is it just me, or has this been a really cold winter? Hey, Iâ€™m a skier and a snowshoer and I find myself starting to complain about this winter. 14 inches of ice on the Credit River in March â€” whatâ€™s this global warmed planet coming to?
I was just leaving my office at the Port Credit Starbucks, walked over to the river to get my car, and noticed some people walking on the frozen river. So I wandered over and noticed a tent structure right in the middle of the river. Walking up to the structure, a woman inside called out, â€śDo you want a coffee?â€ť. Well, I just finished my 4th for the day, and certainly didnâ€™t need any more jet fuel, but I admit, it was tempting to take up the offer and crawl in there with her.
Turns out that this is a portable ice fishing hut, owned by Ozzy and Sharon (not their real names). I asked Sharon if I could open the zippered door and take some shots inside. She said no problem. I didnâ€™t have my â€śrealâ€ť camera, but as Chase Jarvis said â€śThe best camera is the one you have with you.”, so I pulled out my Sony smartphone and took a few shots. Of course, I know people who think that anything digital isn’t a “real” camera, and you have to shoot with a Leika M6, but that’s another story.
Then Ozzy showed up and we had a nice chat. He mostly ice fishes up at Lake Simcoe, but today he was trying to catch some trout for tonightâ€™s dinner. Heâ€™s a little younger than me and graduated from Sheridan College just a few years after I was finished at Mohawk College, so heâ€™s another 60â€™s child. Maybe I should have called them John and Yoko instead of Ozzy and Sharon.
So after I left Ozzy, I just walked around a bit, and realized that after living in Port Credit for almost 20 years, it was very strange to be walking on the river for the first time. Iâ€™ve walked on a lake, and even jumped into a hole in an ice covered lake, but never walked on a river, with all the ducks, geese and pidgeons. And this right in the middle of Canadaâ€™s 7th largest city.
I find that itâ€™s hard to get out and shoot when itâ€™s really cold, but when an opportunity like today comes up, you have to make the most of it â€“ and that’s what winter is all about.
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