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Ordinary Days April 26 2018, 0 Comments

Some days there are no ravens. Most days really. And there are no spare minutes to go swanning off after bluebirds. There are days that are just endless paper jamming — waiting on hold — stuck in traffic — number crunching — brain numbing — is it over yet? — sorts of days. At these times … Continue reading Ordinary Days

Collecting Hidden Beauty November 02 2017, 0 Comments

Sometimes, on my walks, I like to play a little game. I call it Alleyway to Art Gallery. Something catches my eye —  a piece of rust, moss on a worn fence, a shattered windshield,  even some crumpled paper floating in the gutter. At that moment, in that light, it is astonishing. That’s how the … Continue reading Collecting Hidden Beauty

Nesting Instinct April 13 2017, 0 Comments

It was just like a door-crasher sale for crows, with home furnishings 50% off. Like a gang of bargain bin foragers, they created an explosion of tugging, flapping, snapping, inspecting and discarding.  Reject twigs littered the sidewalk. In spite of the massive effort involved in finally getting a stick free, the crows would often cast a critical look at … Continue reading Nesting Instinct

Nesting Instinct April 13 2017, 0 Comments

It was just like a door-crasher sale for crows, with home furnishings 50% off. Like a gang of bargain bin foragers, they created an explosion of tugging, flapping, snapping, inspecting and discarding.  Reject twigs littered the sidewalk. In spite of the massive effort involved in finally getting a stick free, the crows would often cast a critical look at … Continue reading Nesting Instinct

Possibility of Spring March 31 2017, 0 Comments

This wasn’t supposed to be a blog-writing day, but I feel I have some “stop press” news that must be shared, along with photographic evidence. I almost hesitate to share this wild idea, but I think there is a small chance that … dare I even speak the thought? … spring might have arrived. I … Continue reading Possibility of Spring

Possibility of Spring March 31 2017, 0 Comments

This wasn’t supposed to be a blog-writing day, but I feel I have some “stop press” news that must be shared, along with photographic evidence. I almost hesitate to share this wild idea, but I think there is a small chance that … dare I even speak the thought? … spring might have arrived. I … Continue reading Possibility of Spring

Birth of An Urban Nature Enthusiast October 28 2016, 0 Comments

Pardon the rather overwrought title, but it’s true; an elementary school “Nature Collection” assignment changed my life. It was also, at the age of 7, my first bitter taste of academic failure. On the face of it, it was a rather fun assignment — go out into nature and make a collection of pods, seed and leaves … Continue reading Birth of An Urban Nature Enthusiast

Birth of An Urban Nature Enthusiast October 28 2016, 0 Comments

Pardon the rather overwrought title, but it’s true; an elementary school “Nature Collection” assignment changed my life. It was also, at the age of 7, my first bitter taste of academic failure. On the face of it, it was a rather fun assignment — go out into nature and make a collection of pods, seed and leaves … Continue reading Birth of An Urban Nature Enthusiast

Forest Bathing October 19 2016, 0 Comments

Sometimes a little dip into nature does the trick, but sometimes, nothing short of full woodland immersion is going to work. Most days my spirits can be revived by a quick dog walk round the block, appreciating the changing leaves, a bit of moss here and there. The crows, of course. Last week though — I’m … Continue reading Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing October 19 2016, 0 Comments

Sometimes a little dip into nature does the trick, but sometimes, nothing short of full woodland immersion is going to work. Most days my spirits can be revived by a quick dog walk round the block, appreciating the changing leaves, a bit of moss here and there. The crows, of course. Last week though — I’m … Continue reading Forest Bathing

Re-collection July 08 2016, 0 Comments

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The Colour of Crows March 30 2016, 0 Comments

Crows and ravens are generally (and understandably) described as birds with black plumage. It is their darkness that allows them to grace the sky with such striking calligraphy. Formal sentences composed on wires; more fluid, improvisational characters when taking to the air. But it’s so much more complicated, and beautiful, than that. Crow and raven feathers are … Continue reading The Colour of Crows

In Praise of Early Mornings December 01 2015, 0 Comments

Insomnia can be a drag. I don’t think I’ve actually had a really solid night’s sleep since my first child was born almost 26 years ago. First of all it’s the usual – feeding, teething, nightmares. Then it becomes a habit to wake up every few hours. After that, the teenage years come to keep … Continue reading In Praise of Early Mornings

The Gift November 10 2015, 0 Comments

Gifts are something we start thinking about at this time of year. We fret about finding perfect gifts for the people in our life. Free gifts and special offers abound. Things can, and often do, get kind of crazy. By December it’s hard to see the wood for the Christmas trees, vis a vis why we’re doing … Continue reading The Gift

Just Another Day March 10 2015, 0 Comments

It started as a normal Monday in East Vancouver. The dawn made it’s spectacular appearance (an hour late due Daylight Savings). Birds began to reappear in the sky, taking their posts for the coming day. Eric and his family arrived at their spot — in my garden, waiting for the first peanut handout of the day. I … Continue reading Just Another Day

Owls, Crows, Rooks and Poetry February 13 2015, 0 Comments

Occasionally the most ordinary of days is transformed out of all recognition. It started with a dawn trip downtown for an early morning physiotherapy appointment (tennis elbow: even less fun that it sounds). Post-appointment I popped into the Vancouver Art Gallery to drop off one of my bracelets, ordered by the gift shop. It was still … Continue reading Owls, Crows, Rooks and Poetry

Last Dawn of 2014 December 31 2014, 0 Comments

I took some time to appreciate the last dawn of 2014 – and such a dawn it was. After a festive season of heath challenges, it seems even more important that usual to appreciate the small things that are big. Being with family, good friends, health (it’s all relative), moments of quiet loveliness, every dawn, … Continue reading Last Dawn of 2014

What Did You Wonder Today? November 06 2014, 0 Comments

If you’re anything like me, the list goes along these lines: Why is my computer displaying that “fatal error” message? Where the heck did those extra cell phone charges come from? What should I pick up for tonight’s dinner? How soon, exactly, will the world arrive at hell in a hand basket? These are all very worthy concerns. … Continue reading What Did You Wonder Today?

The Blue Bird of Happiness October 17 2014, 1 Comment

May that blue bird of happiness sit on your shoulder as it sat on mine when (at last!) a member of the tricky and elusive Stellar’s Jay tribe took pity on me and posed for a portrait. I can’t really complain about the birds I’ve been able to photograph this summer. From the lovely little white crowned sparrows in … Continue reading The Blue Bird of Happiness

Pattern, Pattern, Everywhere September 26 2014, 0 Comments

  It’s a rainy day here in Vancouver. The first of many, I suspect. But, to quote one of my mother’s many handy sayings, “every cloud has a silver lining.” These grey, wet days are perfect for heading out and adding to my “texture” photo collection. I think it started with the battleship linoleum on out bathroom … Continue reading Pattern, Pattern, Everywhere

Blog Hop Around the World September 12 2014, 0 Comments

The Blog Hop project is a world-wide thread in which bloggers talk about their creative processes. As I’m pretty new to the world of blogging, I was honoured (and a wee bit intimidated) to be asked to participate in this blog hop project by Canmore artist and brilliant blogger, Linda Cote. I’ve admired Linda’s work online for … Continue reading Blog Hop Around the World

Joie De Vivre July 23 2014, 0 Comments

  Goal: To have as much fun as this robin at least once a day. How do you seek out those carefree moments? I love to head out into the back yard, or around my East Vancouver neighbourhood, camera in hand and mind open to whatever lovely thing comes along. I’d love to hear how you find your daily … Continue reading Joie De Vivre

Astonished July 04 2014, 0 Comments

Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me     keep my mind on what matters, which is my work, which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished — from the poem, Messenger by Mary Oliver (Thirst)

Downy Woodpecker Update July 02 2014, 0 Comments

An update on the downy woodpecker, injured last week by a cat and taken to the Wildlife Rescue clinic at Burnaby Lake: she’s doing much better! She has abrasions and bruising and they expect her to recover. Even better, when she’s ready to release, it’s likely that I’ll be able to go get her and … Continue reading Downy Woodpecker Update