Friday, May 20, 2016

person of the mountains

“I’m a person of the mountains and the open paddocks and the big empty sky,
that’s me, and I knew if I spent too long away from all that I’d die;
I don’t know what of, I just knew I’d die.”
John Marsden

I most certainly think this would be the case with me, as well. My home is in the mountains, though I do not live there. I'm close, just an hour away. But not close enough sometimes. I see them just over there, through my windshield or behind the tall buildings. I whisper 'hello, friends'.

And I long.

I do miss being within them... amongst the trees and boulders and wildlife. I miss breathing in the crisp mountain air. There is nothing like it. Even the mountain sunshine feels better, as if it fills you with some kind of magical energy. You smile more.

Soon I will be home again.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Reminders of a long past flood, though really not that long ago.
It has only been a few years now, but reminders stay. As they should.
And in many ways, the beauty shines through.

A lovely walk through Fish Creek Park, just a couple of weeks ago now.
But the land has changed and there is much more green today.
The pups love these walks... almost as much as I do.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

nature more...

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes, By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more...

 George Gordon Byron
Wild flowers in a wood - Banff National Park

Saturday, April 16, 2016


"Say, Pooh, why aren't you busy?" I said.
"Because it's a nice day," said Pooh.
"Yes, but ---"
"Why ruin it?" he said.
"But you could be doing something Important," I said.
"I am, " said Pooh.
"Oh? Doing what?"
"Listening," he said.
"Listening to what?"
"To the birds. And that squirrel over there."
"What are they saying?" I asked.
"That it's a nice day," said Pooh.
"But you know that already," I said.
"Yes, but it's always good to hear that somebody else thinks so, too," he replied.
- From the Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

The birds have so many songs to sing right now.
I love this time of year... so much possibility.

Monday, March 28, 2016


When you look at what's in front of you, perspective makes all the difference. 
It's not about where you stand, really. It's all about what you see.

This is our pup Rocky checking out Drumheller, Alberta this past weekend. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


It is difficult to realize how great a part of all that is cheerful and delightful
in the recollections of our own life is associated with trees.
Wilson Flagg

Another month or so and the green will return.
It's almost Spring.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

dusk is just an illusion

“Dusk is just an illusion because the sun is either above the horizon or below it.
And that means that day and night are linked in a way that few things are
there cannot be one without the other yet they cannot exist at the same time.
How would it feel I remember wondering to be always together yet forever apart?”
Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook     

Fish Creek Park at the end of Elbow Drive SW

The world is just an illusion. Not only dusk... but every moment.
It is what we perceive it to be. Different to you than to me.
I like how this photo almost looks like a painting.

We chased this light.
We chased it and found it resting in one of our favourite places.
But only briefly... then it was gone.
...always together yet forever apart.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

beautiful winter

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” 
L Carroll

Emerald Lake

The area around beautiful Emerald Lake... covered in white.
A lovely way to spend a holiday afternoon.

Monday, December 21, 2015

happy winter solstice

A truly blessed time.

Welcome back to the light.
I hope you enjoy your Winter Solstice.
Official time here is 9:49pm tonight.