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A Woman And Her Dog Reflected In A Puddle From Melted Ice

January 12, 2014


A woman is reflected in a puddle from rain and melted ice as she walks her dog in TorontoA woman is reflected in a puddle from rain and melted ice as she walks her dog during winter in Toronto, January 11, 2014. The frigid air and “polar vortex” that affected about 240 million people in the U.S. and southern Canada will depart during the second half of the week, and a far-reaching January thaw will begin, according to weather forecasts. The picture was taken by placing the camera upside down in the puddle.

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Source: REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA – Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY), via A woman is reflected in a puddle from rain and melted ice as she walks her dog in Toronto.

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The Winter Solstice – Handsome Essential Darkness

December 17, 2013

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“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” – Anne Bradstreet


In all it’s handsome darkness the Winter Solstice teaches you about the need for withdrawal as an essential part of renewal. The season requires you to honour it’s courage and respect it’s wisdom. As each night before the solstice grows longer and the air circling around you gets colder, the earth withdraws, sleeps and renews itself.

Some of you abominate winter. You struggle through the season’s bleakness. You tire of the endless dark and dreary skies and wish you can fast-forward to spring. Some of you rejoice in winter’s beauty. In the essential darkness you celebrate the Winter Solstice because it signals the return of light and warmth to the hemisphere, more and more each day.

The Winter Solstice begins the turn to greater daylight and the slow return of the sun. Our planet prepares to come forth from this time of darkness and withdrawal, into a season filled with light, hope and the coming of spring.


December Solstice

The December solstice occurs when the sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.5 degrees. In other words, it is when the North Pole is tilted 23.5 degrees away from the sun.

Known as the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere, the December solstice marks the day of the year with the least hours of daylight. In the southern hemisphere the December solstice is known as the Summer Solstice and marks the longest day of the year.

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Winter Solstice Dates 2013 & 2014

Northern Hemisphere: (North America, Central America, Europe, Asia, northern Africa) – Winter Solstice Dates: December 21, 2013, at 17:11 UTC / December 21, 2014, at 23:03 UTC
Southern Hemisphere: (Australia, New Zealand, South America, Southern Africa) – Winter Solstice Dates: June 21, 2013, at 05:04 UTC / June 21, 2013, at 10:51 UTC


A Blessed Yule

Yule began as an indigenous winter solstice festival celebrated by the Germanic peoples of ancient times. It was later absorbed into celebrations surrounding Christmas with Christianization.

The observance of Yule, the Winter Solstice was significant to our ancestors. It was a holy day when the sun god’s return meant spring was on its way, and with it, the birth of new animals and the planting of new crops.  Much of the folklore surrounding winter solstice rituals has to do with very basic symbols of agriculture and animal husbandry.

This song (video) wonderfully sums up the spirit and energy of the Winter Solstice: Damh The Bard – Noon Of The Solstice. Enjoy.

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Written & Adapted by John Zeus | Primary Source:, Video: YouTube, Images 1, 2 & 3: Google Images, Winter Tree photo by John Zeus

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Tires By The Green Shed (Photo)

December 12, 2013


Tires by the green shed

I love this photo and just thought I’d share it with you. Taken at Murray’s Farm on a cold snowy morning. Tractor tires covered in snow, walnut trees lining the driveway and the green shed, a warm shelter for ducks and hens.

“Tires By The Green Shed” | Shot by John Zeus | Just north of Cambridge, Ontario

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First Snow Winter Morning – Photos Taken At Don Valley Brickworks

November 29, 2013


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Don Valley Brickworks Scene

The first snowfall of the season. Taken at Toronto’s Don Valley Brickworks during a morning walk.
November 27, 2013 – Photos by John Zeus

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Ice Sculptures at Icefest Toronto

February 24, 2013


2:30pm Saturday February 23, 2013 | Bloor-Yorkville, Toronto Ontario, Canada20130223_152806

Strolling down Cumberland Avenue…

on a beautiful Toronto wintry February afternoon looking at the process of making ice sculptures at Bloor-Yorkville’s Icefest. It was fun! Packed with guests, and hard to get good shots.

This year’s theme was “Wonderful and Whimsical” and took guests on a journey through a magical enchanted garden. IceFest transformed Bloor-Yorkville into a wonderland with fantastical sculptures including whimsical winged fairies, charming and adorable gnomes, oversized butterflies, magical flowers, trees and plants carved from 35,000 lbs. of ice.

The downtown Toronto neighbourhood just sparkled with excitement as Bloor-Yorkville IceFest introduced whimsy and warmed some of our hearts during this chilly winter. ^
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Source: Photos taken by John Zeus on a Samsung Galaxy S3 device.
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In Toronto – If kisses were like snowflakes, I’d send you a blizzard…

January 31, 2013


Toronto Ontario, Riverdale Neighbourhood | 10:30am – Thursday January 31, 2012 | Shot using a Samsung Galaxy SIII

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Farm Winter

January 3, 2013


After The Winter Solstice | Southwestern Ontario, Canada

Frozen yet beautiful the wonder of winter grips the land.
I left the sullen mood of the city behind to spend the last days of the year on the farm. After the winter solstice you feel the sun’s life energy slowly returning as the days begin to grow longer.

Neighbouring Barn – Southwestern Ontario

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Brown Swiss - Murray's Farm

Brown Swiss – Murray’s Farm

Nasty Pants - He's an Old English Red Cap

Nasty Pants – He’s an Old English Red Cap

Zhor - Jersey Calf

Zhor – Jersey Calf



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