Posts Tagged “snow”
A juvenile bald eagle surveys the Kitimat River from a log on a sandbar. (Robin Rowland)
Once again this year I joined the Kitimat Christmas Bird Count, helping out the Kitimat Valley Naturalists. Here are some of the best shots from that day, Wednesday December 16. 2015.
Gulls huddle together on the shore of MK Bay at low tide. (Robin Rowland)
A great blue heron watches from an old stump in the Kitimat River estuary. (Robin Rowland)
A female mallard duck in flight over MK Bay at low tide. (Robin Rowland)
A scaup (duck) in intermediate plumage on a mound of reeds in the Kitimat River estuary. (Robin Rowland) (Corrected caption, duck was identified in the field as a ringed-neck but on further review of the photograph, the consensus of the naturalists was scaup)
A red-tailed hawk surveys Haisla Boulevard at the LNG Canada turnoff just as the light fades in the late afternoon. (Robin Rowland)
The next day, on my morning walk, the neighborhood’s resident ravens followed me through the bush. Ravens are intelligent and I almost think they are posing for the camera, for this is the third time that they’ve gone to the same trees, in the same sequence, when I was there with my camera.
One of the ravens directly overhead. (Robin Rowland)
And flying from branch to branch of bare alders. (Robin Rowland)
And perched on a conifer (Robin Rowland)
A “Pineapple Express” brought a major blizzard to the Kitimat region last week, dropping approximately 180 centimetres of snow from the morning of Thursday, February 5, 2015 until the skies cleared late on the afternoon of Saturday, February 7. In my neighborhood, the power first went out at about 3 pm on Thursday, came back at 11 pm. It went out about 11 am on Friday and didn’t come back until about 2:30 pm on Saturday.
Power was also out at Kitamaat Village from Thursday until late Sunday. Early Sunday morning, the Haisla Nation Council ordered a voluntary evacuation, with two convoys of vehicles heading to Kitimat. While many people stayed with friends and families, about 20 people took refuge at the Riverlodge Leisure Centre. Other members of the Haisla Nation stayed in the village, gathering at the Haisla Recreation Centre.
The clean up continues in Kitimat.
Images from Thursday night until Wednesday afternoon. A mixture of photos and frame grabs from video.
This gallery does not include the images I fed to The Canadian Press.
At this point, early into the storm, all the power was out in Kitimat, with the exception of the street lights on Haisla Boulevard, which illuminated a few trees as I shot this on Albatross Avenue. Sony Alpha 6000, ISO 3200, 1/30, F3.5 from my window. (Robin Rowland) (Higher ISO images were too noisy)
Friday February 6
The same view, from ground level, the next morning. Framegrab (Robin Rowland)
Heavy snow on branches (Robin Rowland)
As the power goes out again on Friday, heavy snow continues to fall. (Robin Rowland)
Trying to dig out in the early afternoon. Framegrab. (Robin Rowland)
A pick up tries to make it through the heavy snow. Framegrab (Robin Rowland)
A District of Kitimat crew digs out the fire hydrant in front of my house, Friday afternoon. (Robin Rowland)
The snow was really heavy near sundown on Friday. (Robin Rowland)
Trying to dig out as night falls. Note that is supposed to be a pedestrian crossing. (Robin Rowland)
This front end loader was called in late Friday evening. Framegrab (Robin Rowland)…….
….so a Kitimat Fire and Rescue pumper could get back to the fire hall. Framegrab (Robin Rowland)
About 3 am Saturday, some lights came on in the Kildala neighborhood, while much of the rest of Kitimat was still in the dark. (Robin Rowland)
On Saturday morning, much of Kitimat was buried under about 170 centimetres and the snow was still falling. (Robin Rowland)
Digging out begins again as the blizzard tapers off. (Robin Rowland)
A raven flies overhead as the snow stops falling. (Robin Rowland)
As the storm ends, two people walk on the heavy snow on Albatross Avenue. (Robin Rowland)
With the storm ending, the beauty of the trees and snow. (Robin Rowland)
A view of the snow covered Kitimat estuary and Douglas Channel after the storm. (Robin Rowland)
Sunday, February 8
Digging out the trailer park. Framegrab. (Robin Rowland)
BC Hydro contractors at a road block at the entrance to the Kitamaat Village Road. Framegrab. (Robin Rowland)
Monday, February 9
Clearing a roof Monday morning. Framegrab. (Robin Rowland)
On Monday morning, side streets were still clogged with snow. Framegrab. (Robin Rowland)
And the Service Centre was still digging out. Framegrab (Robin Rowland)
A snowblower clears the sidewalk behind my house. For those not familiar with Kitimat, as part of the original Garden City plan, sidewalks are generally behind houses. (Robin Rowland)
Heavy equipment digs out the fire hydrant in front of my house. As seen above it’s usually two guys with shovels. I estimated there was at least three metres, perhaps four metres, of snow on top of the hydrant, put there earlier by the snow blower clearing the street. (Robin Rowland)
Since I moved back to Kitimat, I’ve flown from Northwest Regional Terrace-Kitimat airport to Vancouver several times, spring, summer and winter,. There’s always been snow on the mountains. This year I went down on September 7 and flew back on September 11.
On the flight down I looked out and saw the Coast Range mountains. All but the highest peaks with no snow, the rest of the high mountain tops, normally bluish and white from fresh snow. Now both on the flight down and the flight back, those mountain tops were a dull brown. So was 2014 just a dry year, with no fresh snow or is this another indication of climate change?
The images were taken from a Westjet Bombardier flying at 25,000 feet. Digital photographs have been slightly colour corrected to eliminate bluish tint from the atmosphere, but all reflect what I saw. As in the image at the top, you see the deep green of the forest on the lower slopes, the dull brown and grey of the rocks of the peaks and the snow, snow only seen in the areas where the sun seldom reaches and that snow itself dull, old, covered in dust.
Dirt covered glaciers sneak in the valleys they’ve carved while higher up the mountains are bare, brown, sepia, black and grey, just like the deserts I saw when flying over Nevada a few years ago,
A closer view of the glacier and the peaks. There has been no fresh snow for weeks.
A river snakes through a valley, where the rain forest only reaches only about a third way up the slopes. The rest is bare.
The only snow visible is on a stump like mountain top overlooking a green valley.
Dirty snow on the peaks overlooking lush river valleys.
Another glacier in valley empties into a lake with bare mountains above.
While one mountain still has snow at the top….
On another there are some bare traces of snow and an alpine lake.
More ice and snow on a peak, a glacier and dirty desert like slopes.
On the way back
Leaving Vancouver, heading north and looking east.
More mountains with just a trace of snow.
A gorgeous green glacier fed alpine lake.
Glaciers come down from the peaks, and join together surrounded by bare rocky peaks.
The sun sets over the Rio Tinto Alcan Kitimat Modernization Project construction site March 4, 2014. (Robin Rowland)
Updated (below) with the arrival of the Delta Spirit Lodge.
On March 4, 2014, Rio Tinto Alcan organized the first media tour of the $3.3 billion construction project since the announcement in December 2011 that the project had received the go ahead from the RTA board. The project upgrades the aging aluminum smelter, built in the early 1950s, using modern proprietary technology the company says will increase production by 48 per cent, while reducing most emissions by about 50 per cent.
I converted images taken during the tour to black and white for this blog.
Cranes operate in the area that RTA calls “Carbon South” where there will be the new modularized Paste Plant. Eventually, the Paste Plant will produce green anode blocks part of the electrical process that produces aluminum. (Robin Rowland)
A tower under construction at RTA KMP Carbon South (Robin Rowland)
Construction cranes at work at RTA KMP Carbon South (Robin Rowland)
A recycling truck passes the 1950s vintage Potline One at the Rio Tinto Alcan smelter. (Robin Rowland photo)
Part of the power grid at the RTA KMP high voltage substation area. (Robin Rowland)
Part of the power grid at the RTA KMP high voltage substation area. (Robin Rowland)
High voltage circuit breakers at the RTA KMP construction site. They are electrical switches capable of turning on power and turning off power to the smelter’s rectifier units which convert alternating current into direct current, part of the aluminum smelting process. (Robin Rowland)
The high voltage circuit breakers are seen at the RTA KMP construction site. The new potlines are under construction behind the circuit breakers and cable drums. (Robin Rowland)
An old conveyer system and an electrical transmission tower at the RTA KMP construction site. (Robin Rowland)
A platform lift outside the Anode Baking Furnace site. (Robin Rowland)
A heavy duty front end loader at the construction site. (Robin Rowland)
Construction at the KMP site. (Robin Rowland)
Construction goes on at the Casthouse C area, with the future cafeteria and change house in the background. (Robin Rowland)
Update March 11, 2014
On Monday, March 10, the Estonian ferry Silja Festival, renamed the Delta Spirit Lodge by Rio Tinto Alcan arrived in Kitimat to act as a bunkhouse/workcamp for about 600 workers who will be completing the Kitimat Modernization Project (Robin Rowland)
The sun sets over the Kitimat River and the snow covered Sand Hill, in Kitimat, BC, February 20, 2014. Converted to black and white using Perfect Effects 8 to emulate Ilford FP4125, with some highlights and shadow enhancement. (Robin Rowland)
Original image. The sun sets over the Kitimat River and the snow covered Sand Hill, in Kitimat, BC, February 20, 2014. (Robin Rowland)
Update: News release from Kitimat Fire and Rescue
At approximately 7:20 pm Saturday March. 2, 2013, Fire crews responded to a residential structure fire on Whitlesey St. The Fire Department responded with two engines, one ladder truck, and one Ambulance with 15 firefighters and two Chief Officers.
There was extensive damage to the garage and roof structure of the house. Crews remained on scene for 3 hours and 30 minutes. There were no injuries reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
A fire caused major damage to a house on Whittlesey Street, in Kitimat, Saturday night, March 2, 2013. Neighbors said everyone got out safely. Again, according to neighbors the fire began in the garage, which was also a home workshop. There was apparently a fuel source of some kind in the garage for the fire continued for some time in the garage, despite efforts of Kitimat Fire and Rescue to extinguish the flames. Kitimat Fire are expected to remain on scene overnight. A police investigation into the cause of the fire will begin on Sunday morning.