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.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

summer afternoon

"Summer afternoon -- Summer afternoon.
To me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language."
Henry James

Well... maybe not the two most beautiful words... but definitely among the top ten. :)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

little help

We made some new little friends today.

These little baby hawks were huddled under a large pine tree this morning... too young to fly yet. They had been there for quite some time, but mama hawk was no where to be seen. After observing the situation for a few hours, we decided to contact the wildlife specialists. These poor little guys were at risk being on the ground, and one of their siblings had already died. :( So now they are being cared for by the wildlife experts, and will soon be released in this same area. I hope to see them flying around here soon.

PS... Turning comments back on. I haven't had them on since April. I miss chatting with you guys.:)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

going to the mountains is going home

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out
going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity...”
John Muir

Banff National Park

We were blessed enough to spend another beautiful weekend in Banff. What a great way to start the Summer. Our Spring was so very busy with baseball, end of school activities, and work. So it was nice to let all of that go and head out of town, if even for a couple of days. Just to breathe in some of that glorious mountain air.
A revival of sorts, I suppose. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

evening walk and bird spotting

I'm pretty sure she has spotted a bird here, but I didn't see anything. It's just a reminder that there are so many things in this beautiful world that we don't always see.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

purple happiness

Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars... and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance. Look at the flowers — for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are. ~Osho

I've never seen a happier flower. 

Friday, June 20, 2014


Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second.
Mattie Stepanek

We played a good playoff game tonight, but ended up losing.

Then this happened... and we all won.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

dog days

...for those days where laying in the cool green grass is the only thing you have to do. 


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

the loon

In the middle of the night, as indeed each time that we lay on the shore of a lake,
we heard the voice of the loon, loud and distinct, from far over the lake.
It is a very wild sound, quite in keeping with the place and the circumstances of the traveler,
and very unlike the voice of a bird. I could lie awake for hours listening to it, it is so thrilling.
Henry David Thoreau


Mama Loon... protecting her nest.