Monday, September 22, 2014

but then fall comes...

“But then fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does
one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend
that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair
and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been
and things he has done since last he saw you.”
Stephen King, Salem's Lot   

Fall makes it's official appearance later today, and we are well in the swing of the season.

Fish Creek Park, Calgary
Also... I haven't seen Salem's Lot in years. May need to dig it out online and watch it again.
I do love my scary movies. And Stephen King! 

urban areas & nature... a good match

Though I love my mountains and foothills, I also enjoy my urban life.
Especially when nature runs through the city somehow (or maybe the other way around), and the two together join forces to make something quite beautiful.
Fish Creek Park, Calgary

Babbling Brook Park, Calgary

Lake Bonavista, Calgary
Fish Creek Park, Calgary

Monday, September 15, 2014

as long as i live

As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing.
I'll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche.
I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens,
and get as near the heart of the world as I can. 
From The Muir Journals

Revelstoke, British Columbia
 I can read John Muir every day and never tire of his words.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

oh mother nature...

... you forgot about Fall and went right into Winter.

Calgary, Alberta

We had a little snow storm in Calgary. Just 15cm or so. In September. You know... no big deal.
And my Willows have suffered.
But looking on the bright side, this will let quite a lot more sunshine into the back yard.

Calgary, Alberta

Friday, September 5, 2014

they play today

Walks that happen toward the end of Summer always feel different to me. Summertime walks are filled with vigor. Walks in the Fall tend to be slower, with a sense of awe for that which is around you. But the end of Summer walk is different... it's that in between time that seems almost suspended. Slower than Summer, but not quite as slow as Fall. You know that time, right?

And it's difficult to be in the now at the end of Summer. I'm anticipating Autumn. I'm waiting for a yellow leaf to fall... for a cool breeze to flow over me. I'm in search of something that has yet to arrive. And when I do see a sign of Fall, it's like 'oh, there you are.' Almost magical.

Lake Bonavista

I can still swim in this water. It's not too cold yet. And the grass is still green and lush. But there are leaves that are turning. And I noticed a formation of geese flying south. Soon.

But maybe I need to learn to appreciate the end of Summer more. To watch our little duck family as they spend their final days together. To enjoy the squirrels playing in the sunshine. They know... they know that cooler days are coming. They know what needs to be done. Yet they play today. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

rivers know this...

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”
A.A. Milne
Whinnie the Pooh

Fish Creek Park, Calgary, Alberta

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

the ending of summer

...or so it would seem. School hasn't even started yet, but there are yellow leaves upon the ground.
Lake Bonavista, Calgary, Alberta
I know the reason... but I can't help but be slightly excited at the sight. Our overly hot Summer and lack of rain caused most of these leaves to turn and fall to the ground. These big poplars do this sometimes. They are the only trees turning so soon.
But I know Fall is just around the corner... I can feel it.
However, there is still a little bit of Summer to go.
The cherry trees are bursting with ripened cherries, a sure sign that Summer is coming to a close. These sour cherries will make tasty jam preserves, and maybe even a crumble of sorts.

And the garden is still growing, providing us with delicious herbs and veggies.
The Basil has grown crazy this year.  
Babbling Brook Park, Calgary, Alberta
And there are still many Summer walks to take... and picnics to have.
So we must not wish Summer away too soon.

But the sound of those crinkly leaves under my feet did make me smile. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

like a bee

“In the village, a sage should go about
Like a bee, which, not harming
Flower, colour or scent,
Flies off with the nectar.”
The Dhammapada
Picture taken in Winfield, British Columbia
 This year, I have a bee hive under my deck. If left to their own,
the bees will fly in and fly out, bringing back wonders from their travels.
They do not bother us. We do not bother them. A sweet Summer friendship, enjoyed from a far.

did i tell you guys...

...that I got to hold a baby kangaroo while I was on holiday?

Lake Country, BC
At this adorable little place, just off the highway between Vernon and Kelowna.

 And he loved me. And I loved him. And all was perfect in the world. 

Well... at least he loved my necklace and my earring.

If you are ever in or around Lake Country, BC you should definitely go to the little kangaroo farm there.
It was one of the best parts of our trip. 

And... baby kangaroos!! 

But beware of the ducks that steal the chips while you try to feed the kangaroos

 And the birds that fly onto your head and nibble your ear. 

It was like non stop cuteness everywhere.