Canada

Canada

Because I grew up in Mediterranean-like Southern California, not far from the beach, I always marveled at people who lived in the northern parts of the United States. All that snow in the winter, all that cold. Then I became aware that beyond the border of the northernmost reaches of our country, not including Alaska, there was an entire nation that must have even more snow, and cold and rough terrain. For me, that alone incites admiration for Canadians. Of course, here in the Valley of the Sun (the Phoenix area), we have a large number of Canadians who over-winter with us. I would, too! Winter in the desert is awesome. 

Canada and Snow

Canada and Snow

I thought I’d do something a little different today based primarily on the photos of Canada and snow that I collected. I found them heart-breakingly beautiful and wanted to devote this blog to some of Canada’s exquisite scenery all covered in snow. The funfacts today involve stats about Canada’s geography and climate which of course contributes to all that glorious white stuff.

Canada Geese

Canada Geese

A striking white chin-strap is the primary mark of Canada Geese. Though the term ‘Canadian goose’ is considered acceptable, the correct term for this bird is Canada goose. This has to do with Latin terminology resulting in a translation of ‘Goose of Canada’ and therefore ‘Canada Goose’.

Panama

Panama

Many years ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Panama. Having come from the Mediterranean climate of coastal Southern California, I admit I was unprepared for the tropical humidity. My friend and I joked about how heavy our heads felt, something we laughed about a lot! But it was a lovely visit and I can recall purchasing carved, wood trivets, one of which I still have today.

Maputo

Maputo, Mozambique

On the Indian Ocean, Maputo is a large city of over a million people. The beaches are beautiful, but much of the city is a bit dilapidated and in need of renewal. Plans appear to be underway. Yet, as with all large cities, there are beautiful areas to be seen and enjoyed.

Queensland

Queensland

If this large state in Australia were a nation, it would rank as 16th largest in the world. Queensland is so big that its climate varies significantly from region to region. Though its industries include cattle-raising, a wide variety of fruit-and-vegetable growing, plus a significant mining industry, tourism still ranks at the top of its economy. Why? Lots of warm, tropical beaches to enjoy. Plus, this is where you will find the Great Barrier Reef.