West coast winter

 

Despite the seemingly never-ending rain and grey skies we experience here on the “wet” coast during the winter, colours here never cease to amaze me.

 
Despite the seemingly never-ending rain and grey skies we experience here on the “wet” coast during the winter, colours here never cease to amaze me. Many would dismiss the grey skies as dull, but I find there is such beauty to the mood the colours create. If you stop and look closely, you will see that the wintery West Coast is full of subtle shades of grey (no pun intended), greens, blues and whites.

One of my favourite drives here on the West Coast, is up to Whistler, along the Sea to Sky Highway. If you have ever driven this route, you have seen the beautiful surroundings. The hazy inlet, dotted with islands and layers of mountains that jut up along the water’s edge is simply breath taking. The view catches my eye every time. I have always loved the subtle blue-grey of the water, the dark grey shadows of the mountains in the distance, and the green coniferous forests that seem to blanket the whole area. It is especially beautiful after a day of rain, when the clouds lift and the sun begins to set. The sun’s descending rays cause the colours to dance about creating a whole new palette for the eye to enjoy.

A favourite winter pastime here on the West Coast is to head to the mountains and hit the slopes. Our family enjoys the thrill of the descent, the crisp fresh air and the snow-capped peaks. I love how the whiteness of the snow plays off the blueness of the sky. As we race downhill, actually, let me clarify that, as my family races ahead of me, I slowly make my way down taking in the colours around me. I never tire of the sparkle of the snow as the sun dances on the crystals. When you stand on top of the mountain, your eye perceives the blues and greys of the mountain ranges that seem to go on forever.
 
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Barbara Matson is a caffeine-fueled design aficionado that makes her home on Canada’s “wet” coast.

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