It’s now official, winter is here in Montreal. On the weekend of the 14-15th of December, we had our first snowstorm. In total we received between 25 and 30 cm of snow; where in many cities around the world this would paralyze all activity, in Montreal, although it does slow down things, life goes on. In fact, when more than 2.5 cm of snow fall, 1000 trucks are put into action cleaning the streets and the entrances of all essential services (hospitals, police and fire stations, etc.), spreading salt and little rocks (salt is only effective down to -10 degrees C), cleaning the sidewalks, etc.  So on Sunday, we decided that we would brave the -20 degrees C (without the wind factor which brings it down to -30 degrees C!) and head out for some final Christmas shopping errands. This was the perfect occasion to bring along my camera…

Camera configuration: Nikon D800 equipped 50 mm f/1.8 Nikon lens.

It was pretty early in the morning and therefore most cars were still completely covered by the evening’s snow fall. The streets were still pretty quiet and I was able to take a few shots from the comfort of my car.

Driving along

From my car

Any touch of color really stands out in this context… it’s also impressive how the snow absorbs all surrounding sound so that it is typically abnormally quiet after a snowstorm.

A touch of color

I like how some snowflakes are out of focus on this shot.

The back door

Our errands completed we headed back to our car; here’s a shot of my wife and daughter braving the cold and snow…

The travelers

The Church

I guess the owners can now slide down their stairs…

A new slide

Lovers in the snow…

Lovers in the snow

Red light…

Red light

We finally arrived home and I decided to head out and take some more photos… here are the shots I took during my one hour photo walk.


Dude, where’s my car?! I hope the owner remembers where he parked his car!

Where's my car


Here comes the heavy artillery…

Heavy artillery

Canada Post

This cross is a remnant of a “Way of the cross” in this particular region of Montreal.

The cross

I then headed under the highway for some interesting urban shots.

The sentry

Through the hole

The highway

Access ramp

Some nice snow dunes…


Texture II

Where's my car II

These air ducts look like something taken from the Easter Islands!

The lone sentry

The wall


Well that’s it for this photo walk (my fingers were frozen). I hope you enjoyed this crazy weather we’ve been having in Montreal; while I’m writing this post, we’re actually experiencing our second snowstorm only one week after with the addition of hail this time! Thanks for stopping by today.




  1. M-A
    December 22, 2013

    Superbe série Bill!! J’adore le fait que tu as du travailler fort pour ces photos, jamais facile par des temperatures commes ca! Good job buddy

    • billscom
      December 22, 2013

      Merci M-A! C’est très apprécié; tu m’as d’ailleurs inspiré avec ton récit de photos dans une prison abandonnée sans chauffage 😉

  2. Lia
    December 22, 2013

    Great shots! Makes me actually appreciate this weather. Loving “Lovers in the snow”.

    • billscom
      December 22, 2013

      Thanks Lia; I’ll print it out for you one of these days!


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