Photo Challenge: Community

When I think of community, I think of a group of people sharing joys, fears, sorrows and adventures. So, I immediately thought of my hiking group. We called ourselves “The Hopeful Hikers” and had a ton of outdoor adventures together. We climbed mountains, trekked through the snow and occasionally drank champagne together too. As our escapades continued, we quickly turned into a family with deep…

Photo Challenge: Grand

The first time I saw the ocean seastacks of the Oregon coast, my jaw dropped. These magnificent seastacks are my interpretation of grand. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/grand-photo-challenge/

Wind and Gold

Autumn came, with wind and gold. – Henry David Thoreau Autumn, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love the crunch of crimson leaves under my feet. I love watching golden leaves dance on the wind as they float away from their trees. I love the autum sun, so mellow compared to the intensity of the summer one. I love how brisk winds turn…

Church

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. – Frank Lloyd Wright

The Sea

We all come from the sea but we are not all of the sea. Those of us who are, we are children of the tides and must return to it again and again. anonymous

Yoga + Nature = Bliss

The title of this post has been my epic discovery of the summer and, because of this discovery, I’ve been busy doing as much yoga as I can in our glorious natural world. The combined spirituality of yoga and nature is awesomely powerful and often during outdoor classes something will ping in my brain, causing me to cry big, detoxifying tears. This can be as intense as old grief surfacing or as…

Lessons of the Mountain

A mountain has officially and unequivocally kicked my butt! The day of the butt-kicking began at 8am, with my friend Sam picking me up at the corner Starbucks. We hit the road; chatting, sipping lattes and making plans to be home by 5pm at the latest. Things, however, did not go as planned… The road  to our destination, the trail head at Mount Cheam, was narrow, windy and somewhat treacherous. Partially submerged in water and littered with rocks, it forced…

Honey Bee Haven

Summertime. The sun is shining, gardens are growing and it’s the perfect season for a culinary adventure. I scoured the internet for an unusual, gardening/food experience and guess what I found? A rooftop garden of herbs, veggies and edible flowers growing at the Fairmont Waterfront. There is also a bee colony on the rooftop that is home to approximately 200,000 honey bees! If you’ve read my last few posts, you’ll know that gardening has become a great love and perhaps even an obsession…

Soul Food

Last night I found a file of photos from a Joffre Lakes hike hidden away in a corner of my laptop. As I looked through the images, I remembered my first glimpse of the turquoise, glacier lake and the shock of such raw, natural beauty right in front of me. A beauty so intense that it seemed a little surreal. Every hike that puts me in the middle…

The Challenge

Get outside and find 10 beautiful things. Capture them on camera or with pen and paper. Breathe them in. Listen to what they have to teach you. Come back here and tell me about it. A friend sent me the above instructions and I’m gladly accepting the challenge. I’ll be visiting Ontario for the next week and am looking forward to having my creativity inspired by being up close and personal with intense emotions…