Thursday Travels: More from the Glasgow Lakes Look-Off Trail

(8 June 2012.  Glasgow Lakes Look-Off Trail.  Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia.)

(8 June 2012. Glasgow Lakes Look-Off Trail. Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia.)

During the last Thursday Travels post, M and I were still making our way along the Glasgow Lakes Look-Off Trail.  The trail was getting wetter and wetter as we made our way up and along the highlands plateau.

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In an abstract frame of mind

Mirror, mirror.  (An abstract created from reflections in a puddle on the front lawn.)

Mirror, mirror. (An abstract created from reflections in a puddle on the front lawn.)

It is gray and windy here in the Bogs today.  But I got lucky.  When I stepped outside for my walk late this morning, I caught a patch of blue sky between the dark, gray clouds, and a few rays of sunshine streamed down for a minute or two.

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Spring cleaning

From the archives.  Crocus, Spring 2009.

From the archives. Crocus, Spring 2009.

Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.

~ Wendell Berry, Farming:  a hand book

Somewhere, sometime, I read something that suggested one’s outer environment is a reflection of one’s inner state of being.  If there is any truth to that, my inner state of being must have been chaotic, cluttered, disorganized, and in need of a good dusting or scrubbing.  My inner being was holding on to “fat clothes,” too.  Expansion of the inner being is no problem, but my outer being needs to let go of such things.  There is no going back.

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This is not the post I planned for today

Up in the clouds

Up in the clouds

Do you see that out there?  The strange, unfamiliar light?  It’s called the sun.  Let’s go get us a little.

~ Nora Roberts, The Hollow

The sun came to visit today, and turned the sky the most amazing shades of blue.  Although I had plenty of work to do indoors, I couldn’t resist the call to go out and play.

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Spring auras

Crossing the frozen tundra

Crossing the frozen tundra

When the groundhog casts his shadow
And the small birds sing
And the pussywillows happen
And the sun shines warm
And when the peepers peep
Then it is Spring

~ Margaret Wise Brown

You would never know it from the feel and look of the place, but spring is out there.  The earth is quickening, the plants are stirring, and the wildlife seems to have sensed that change is coming. Read the rest of this entry »


The banded goose and other tales

Geese on ice

Geese on ice

Do you remember the banded goose?  (That link takes you to a photo.  If you want to see the original posts regarding the banded goose, they are here, here, and here.)  In case you don’t remember or you’re new here, and you don’t feel like following the links, the basic story is this:  A goose with a band around its neck visited the pond back in January, and I reported the goose to the Bird Banding Laboratory to help with their research as well as to see if I could get any information about the goose. Read the rest of this entry »


Ramshackle explorations

Tumble-down

Going within

Beauty can be coaxed out of ugliness.  Wabi-sabi is ambivalent about separating beauty from non-beauty or ugliness.  The beauty of wabi-sabi is in one respect, the condition of coming to terms with what you consider ugly.  Wabi-sabi suggests that beauty is a dynamic event that occurs between you and something else.  Beauty can spontaneously occur at any moment given the proper circumstances, context, or point of view.  Beauty is thus an altered state of consciousness, an extraordinary moment of poetry and grace.

~ Leonard Koren, Wabi-Sabi:  For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers

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