Sunday, February 12, 2017

A February Day in Toronto (2017)

Nature

A Walk in the Snow: Sarah and I took a walk earlier today, around noon, passing by the park near where we reside. It might not have been a good day to drive, with total snow accumulation of 15 cm (or 6 in.) in the forecast for today, but it was a lovely day for a walk. The temperature was rather mild, at –3°C (or 27°F), which is slightly below the average of –1.6°C (29.1°F) for Toronto at this time of the year.
Photo Credit & Source: ©2017. Perry J. Greenbaum



Trees of Winter: On Friday February 10, after sundown, began the one-day Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat, the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shevat—a holiday also known as the New Year for Trees. I like trees and what they represent to humanity, including the ability to withstand the harshest of climates while staying erect, as these evergreens at the park near us do. While all trees do their part, there are a number of famous trees named in Judaism; the most famous and greatest one is The Tree of Life (Etz Chayim; עץ חיים), mentioned in the biblical Book of Genesis (2:9), standing in the centre of the Garden of Eden.
Photo Credit & Source: ©2017. Perry J. Greenbaum

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