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.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

the journey

We just got back from a short holiday in British Columbia. We spent some time in Revelstoke and then Kelowna. It was hot and sunny and absolutely gorgeous the entire time. But I have to admit, I think my favourite part was the journey there and back. There is so much beauty in the journey... so much time to reflect and take in what is around you. 
Somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, near the BC Alberta border

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

just standing and staring

“That quotation about not having time to stand and stare has never applied to me.
I seem to have spent a good part of my life - probably too much -
in just standing and staring and I was at it again this morning.”
James Herriot 

It's a little hazy these days, due to some forest fires in British Columbia.
But it's still breath taking.
Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation area west of Calgary.