Autumn Sunflowers

30 Minutes in the Life | September 2019

“Thirty Minutes in the Life” will feature ladies from around the world as we capture 30 minutes in our lives as mothers, wives, daughters, sisters and friends {and photographers}. 

“Notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.” -Friedrich Nietzsche

I decided to leave all the volunteer sunflower plants that sprouted underneath the bird feeders to grow, and see how they would fair.  The other morning, while enjoying a cup of coffee on the front deck, I noticed that the honey bees and bumble bees had found them.  My little patch of sunflowers have made it into fall, and are  hive of activity these days.  I am uncertain if they will make it to fruition, as there is snow in the forecast.  For now, I will enjoy these cheery sunflowers on these crisp fall days.

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“I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.”
― Lee Maynard

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Rewilding

Tell Me A Story | September 2019

I started a “rewild your life” challenge this month…

An everyday practice of unplugging, going outside and connecting with nature for 30 minutes each day is the most effective way of coping with the fast-paced, technology driven world we live in.

Studies show that spending time in the natural world has positive health benefits; stress reduction, increased creativity, feelings of peace and well being, meaning and purpose, heightened awareness, physical activity, time to be alone, connection with nature and an enhanced sense of inspiration and wonder.

On a recent camping trip, I wandered down to the beach early one morning to spend my 30 minutes surrounded by nature, and snap a few photos with my cell phone camera of items for the “rewilding scavenger hunt”.  This is what I found…

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Tell Me A Story | August 2019

I have been spending a bit of time on the lake shores this summer photographing the wildlife that dwells there.  The seagull is a constant presence on these excursions.  Seeing them always brings a story to mind…

Jonathan Livingston Seagull was written in 1970 by Richard Bach.  I remember reading this story as a young girl, and my love for the seagull came about.  This is a story for people who follow their dreams and make their own rules; a story that has inspired people for decades.

For most seagulls, life consists simply of eating and surviving. Flying is just a means of finding food. However, Jonathan Livingston Seagull is no ordinary bird. For him, flying is life itself. Against the conventions of seagull society, he seeks to find a higher purpose and become the best at doing what he loves.

This is a fable about the importance of making the most of our lives, even if our goals run contrary to the norms of our flock, tribe or neighbourhood. Through the metaphor of flight, Jonathan’s story shows us that, if we follow our dreams, we too can soar.

I think we could all use a little insight and advice from Jonathan…

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Wild Horses

30 Minutes in the Life | August 2019

“Thirty Minutes in the Life” will feature ladies from around the world as we capture 30 minutes in our lives as mothers, wives, daughters, sisters and friends {and photographers}. 

I recently joined a couple of photographer friends for a daytrip down the the foothills on the eastern slope of the Canadian Rockies in search of wild horses.  For more than 250 years, Sundre, Alberta, has been home to roaming wild horses, known as “the Wildies.”    We set out to travel the back roads full of anticipation…  and we were not disappointed.

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The time spent with a wild horse band can vary. Some horses keep their distance and upon spotting you, disappear into the forest. Others look at you with curiosity, then go right back to grazing. It is important to stay calm when you are in their presence. Once the stallion or lead mare determines you are nothing to fear, you can spend a a fair amount of time with them.

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Lake Life

30 Minutes in the Life | July 2019

“Thirty Minutes in the Life” will feature ladies from around the world as we capture 30 minutes in our lives as mothers, wives, daughters, sisters and friends {and photographers}. 

I am fortunate to live close to one of our favourite fishing lakes and we often head out to fish in the early evening.  It is not uncommon for pop-up summer storms to cut our fishing activities short, though.  This was one such evening.  I love the cloud formations as the storms slowly build.

There is a point on the lake that the local fishermen call “Pelican Point”.  As we slowly cruised by,  I was able to snap a few photos of the  inhabitants of this particular area. Among the pelicans, seagulls and other shore birds preened and rested in the sun as the storm approached.

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The Secret Garden

30 Minutes in the Life | June 2019

“Thirty Minutes in the Life” will feature ladies from around the world as we capture 30 minutes in our lives as mothers, wives, daughters, sisters and friends {and photographers}. 

There is a small deck just off the master bedroom.  I often enjoy my morning coffee there when weather permits.  This is one of my favourite places, to enjoy the quietness of  the early morning.  The first few hours of morning offer a quiet peacefulness and opportunity to reflect, refresh and connect with nature.

My favourite time to enjoy the back deck in the early morning is late spring.  My small deck is surrounded by lilac trees, and in June they burst forth with the most fragrant blooms.  Their heavenly fragrance attracts the first bees and swallowtail butterflies to my garden.

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Kerrywood Nature Center

Tell Me A Story | April 2019

On the south bank of the Red Deer River the Kerry Wood Nature Centre is Central Alberta’s year-round destination for environmental education. A visit the Nature Centre provides for hands-on natural history interpretation and interactive exhibits.

The Nature Centre is a starting point for anyone looking to delve into their natural surroundings and local wild spaces.

The annual spring trip down to the Kerrywood Nature never fails to delight.  A thin layer of ice still covers a good portion of the pond mid-April,  and the geese are so entertaining as they make their way across.  We spotted Common Goldeneye pairs amongst the Canadian Geese.  I have included some images taken last spring as well.  We were fortunate to spot a young moose across the pond last year.

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Winter Birds

Tell Me A Story | March 2019

Spring has officially arrived, and with the new season, migration of various birds will begin.  I look forward to seeing new species visiting the backyard as spring progresses.

Already, a few of the winter birds that have graced my backyard over winter have started their migration north to their nesting grounds.

Those that stayed the winter are the white breasted nuthatch, the black capped chickadee, the ruffed grouse, the common redpoll, the bluejay, the red breated nuthatch, and the downey woodpecker.

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The Porch Door Window

Tell Me A Story | February 2019

February has come in hard and strong, throwing us into the midst of a Polar Vortex event at the beginning of the month.   We had been under “Extreme Cold Warnings” for days on end… 15 continuous days with no let up.   It was not unusual during the days to have temperatures of -28 to -39°C.  The windchill factor was truly brutal, as much as -50°C some days and nights.

I noticed a wee patch of frost had formed on the porch door window during one of these days, a sure sign of the frigid temperatures outside.  The patterns so intricate and wondrously  beautiful.  I was mesmerized by this tiny piece of natures’ art that had formed on my window.

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Backyard Birds: January 2019

Tell Me A Story | January 2019

The winter months are upon us…and foraging becomes tough for all the little backyard birds.  I put out bird feeders regularly, but I especially like to be sure they are well stocked during these cold and often snowy months.  My apple tree is a great resting spot, as they patiently wait their turns at the feeder.  Frequent visitors to my backyard this month have been Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Common Redpoll, and Ruffed Grouse.

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