Winter's Coming!
Presented by Glenn Springer, TIF, RHCC

Celebration Time!
It's a glorious season in the Highlands


Rosa having fun! I "let her" try using the snowblower to clear the driveway, like Tom Sawyer "let" his friends whitewash the fence...


Fishing boat parked on a dock, waiting for spring


It doesn’t really seem like it yet. Temperatures in the 20’s, sunny days… but if you live or cottage here, you know it’s on the way! Some friends have already put their boats away and shut down their cottages, locals have laid in their firewood supplies, filled their oil tanks and are starting to put away their summer outdoor furniture. The leaves, of course, have changed and although as I write this, they haven’t started to fall, you know that’s not far away.

Unlike previous "tips" articles, I couldn't choose just a few pictures to show you what winter is like here in the Highlands. I had so many that I put them up on a separate page!

Click here to go to the photo page! Enjoy!

Those who live here know that the joy (!) of clearing mountains of snow, driving on white roads, sitting in front of a cheery fire on a blustery day, going out and looking at the stars which are SO much brighter when the temperature is -20°C, bundled up like the Michelin Tire man, coming in to a hot chocolate or coffee or whatever is your pleasure… that stuff is just around the corner.
If you’re so inclined, there’s walking the dog on a snow-covered road, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, ATVing, dog racing, ice racing, hockey, curling… for some, there’s curling up with a good book, making hearty soups and stews… maybe venturing out to fire up that BBQ despite the weather!

I for one am glad I live here, where we have four real seasons instead of one boring one, and where we’ve learned to be more self-sufficient instead of worrying about traffic jams, commuting from our air-conditioned apartments to the daily drudgery of work in sterile air-conditioned offices.

Time to throw another log on the fire, a marshmallow into that mug of hot chocolate and curl up with a good book on the iPad or Kindle reader or (gasp!) real paper. Who wants to venture out in the cold, there are no good pictures to be captured out there. Are you kidding me?

This article is supposed to be about photography. Believe it or not, it is. Now please go back and read the preceding paragraphs, but this time think about having a camera with you when you participate in ALL of the activities I mentioned! Capture the glory of the world we live in, it’s here year-round and it’s spectacular.

Make pictures of steamy breaths, rosy-cheeked children peeking out of their colourful bundles of clothing, snow-laden trees, mountains of snow, a chickadee resting on a naked tree, spectacular sunsets, isolated ice-fishing huts, a lonely skier crossing a frozen expanse, snowflakes, stars, steam coming from mittens drying on a stove, your SO cuddled under a blanket with a book (or perhaps an iPad: sign of the times!).

Now is the time to take the time to learn: workshops and courses don’t stop for the winter. Sign up for sessions to learn how to use that camera or that computer better, but don’t stop taking pictures! I love winter in the Highlands! I hope you do too!

Planning is under way for a new camera club up here in the Haliburton Highlands.

We need to know how many people are interested and what they want from a club.

Please take a moment to fill out this survey. It should only take a couple of minutes to complete.





Want to take compelling winter photos?

Download my "Winter Wonderland Guide"!



A spectacular winter sunset on 12 Mile Lake

Links to FACzen Photography:
We teach you how to become a better photographer. And we sell fine art images. Please check us out at the links below.


Subscribe to our weekly newsletter! One click to unsubscribe, if you find it's not for you.
But you won't! It's chock full of great tips & images and we're always giving away free stuff!