Tell Me A Story | December 2019

This year I tackled a couple of photography projects.  My intention in following through with the Project 52 concept was to keep me motivated to get out and take photographs more intentionally and to be more mindful of why I love photography.   I have also been attempting to follow a Rewild Your Life Challenge, where one gets outside and into nature for at least 30 minutes each day.

So, as we near the wrapping up of 2019, I have created a collage of the three combined projects, complete!

52 WEEKS:  FUR & FEATHERS

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52 WEEKS: NATURE in BLACK & WHITE

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Tell Me A Story | October 2019

Autumn Bokeh

Autumn has got to be my favorite time of year.  The days are cooler;  the mornings are crisp, and the light is gorgeous.  The colors of glorious  Autumn invite one to take walks in the woods; slowly and intentionally.   There is something magical about being out in the woods surrounded by such beauty.

“If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then Autumn would be the magic hour”

                                                            ~Victoria Erickson~

 

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Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.

                                                                      ~Emily Bronte~

 

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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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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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Backyard Birds

Tell Me A Story | October 2018

We have had quite an unusual Autumn this year, with three heavy snowfalls to date.  Amounts of the wet heavy wet snow have been anywhere from 3-8 inches during these snow falls.  Luckily, the snow has melted in between, and the temperatures have returned to seasonal averages, at this time.  The big disappointment has been the lack of all those glorious Autumn colors, as the foliage changes each year.  With the heavy snow and freezing, most the leaves have fallen still in their green state.

So, this year, I passed on taking the annual Autumn road trip out west to photograph Autumn in all its splendour.  I have been sticking pretty close to home, and have cultivated an interest in “Birding”.   I have been more mindful of the different bird species that visit my own backyard.   I  was quite surprised how many different species are here and those that pass through and stop in during migration this time of year.

The birds who have visited my backyard this month:  Black-capped Chickadee, Purple House Finch, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White Crowned Sparrow, Blue Jay, Downey Woodpecker,  American Goldfinch,  Red-breasted Grosbeak, White-throated Sparrow, White-Breasted Nuthatch, Red-Breasted Nuthatch, and American Robin.

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Blue Jay

Tell Me A Story | September 2018

Mid-month, my yard was suddenly a flurry of activity from a large number of Blue Jays.  They would take turns coming into the bird feeder, which is nicely located close to my back deck.  They were quite skittish, mind you, and I had to sit patiently and quietly for quite some time to get the photos. I love how expressive they can be, with their posturing, and little facial expressions.

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