Little Birds

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April 29th, 2018 >> Birds, Photos

may my heart always be open to little birds
who are the secrets of living
whatever they sing is better than to know
and if men should not hear them men are old
~ ee cummings


Posted by: Heidi

May 1st, 2017 >> my garden, Photos


The brilliant colors of tulips in full bloom have always signified the peak of spring to me, and the last tulips fading away are the first hints of summer approaching.

Spring flowers opening

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March 27th, 2016 >> my garden, Photos

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Discovering even just a single new bloom that has opened in the garden makes life just a little bit better.

“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”
~ Hans Christian Andersen

Favourite birds of 2015

Posted by: Heidi

December 31st, 2015 >> Birds, Photos

Common Loon and Chick - Boss Lake

These are some of my favourite photos of the birds that I saw and photographed in 2015.

“Each new year is a surprise to us. We find that we had virtually forgotten the note of each bird, and when we hear it again, it is remembered like a dream, reminding us of a previous state of existence. How happens it that the associations it awakens are always pleasing, never saddening, reminiscences of our sanest hours. The voice of nature is always encouraging.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Purple MartinWood ducks, Reifel Bird Sanctuary

The Last Rose of Summer

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September 21st, 2015 >> my garden, Photos

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‘Tis the last rose of summer,
Left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone;
No flower of her kindred,
No rose-bud is nigh,
To reflect back her blushes,
Or give sigh for sigh.
I’ll not leave thee, thou lone one!
To pine on the stem;
Since the lovely are sleeping,
Go sleep thou with them.
Thus kindly I scatter
Thy leaves o’er the bed,
Where thy mates of the garden
Lie scentless and dead.
So soon may I follow,
When friendships decay,
And from Love’s shining circle
The gems drop away.
When true hearts lie wither’d,
And fond ones are flown,
Oh! Who would inhabit
This bleak world alone?
~Thomas Moore


Posted by: Heidi

March 21st, 2015 >> my garden, Photos

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The Periwinkle Fairy
In shady shrubby places,
Right early in the year,
I lift my flowers’ faces,
O come and find them here!
My stems are thin and straying,
With leaves of glossy sheen.
The bare brown earth arraying,
For they are ever green.
No great renown have I.
Yet who does not love Periwinkle’s blue?
~ Cicely Mary Barker

Spiders in the Garden

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November 2nd, 2014 >> Bugs, my garden, Photos

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The Spider’s Web

The spider, dropping down from twig,
a plan of her devising,
A thin premeditated rig
To use in rising.

And all that journey down through space,
In cool descent and loyal hearted,
She spins a ladder to the place
From where she started.

Thus I, gone forth as spiders do
In spider’s web a truth discerning,
Attach one silken thread to you
For my returning.

~E.B. White

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Up close in the garden

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June 27th, 2014 >> my garden, Photos


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There are lots of flowers blooming in the garden now and each one is a tiny little miracle!


“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.”

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Early Spring in the Garden

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April 2nd, 2014 >> Birds, my garden, Photos

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Spring has arrived and with it the cycle of life in the garden has begun again with leaf buds opening, perennials sprouting out of the ground, and the first flowers of the season starting to bloom. There is lots of bird activity in the garden too as these little garden visitors search for mates, build nests, and restart their own cycle of life.

“Spring has returned. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”

~Rainer Maria Rilke


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Winter at the Bird Sanctuary

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February 11th, 2014 >> Birds, Photos

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In January I visited my favourite bird sanctuary and saw my first new bird of the year, a Great Horned Owl. I had heard that there have been many owl sightings at the sanctuary but they had previously eluded me. This time, I got lucky and came across two of them sitting motionless in a tree. By chance, a shaft of sunlight filtered through the dense branches to light-up the one in the photograph above while the other one stayed almost hidden in the shadows.

Owls practice active patience as they wait long periods of time for their prey and those of us who would like to see owls need to practise patience too. Their use of the power of stillness would have kept them hidden from my sight if it wasn’t for the fortunately low angle of the winter sun that brought them to my attention.

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It was a cold, frosty day and the duck ponds were all partially covered in ice. The ducks were comical to watch as they slipped and slid on the ice. When they tried to climb out of the water onto the ice it would often break, sending them splashing back into the water. The river of ducks between the ice in the photo above all seemed to be doing their best to avoid it.

The stillness of owls and the comical busyness of ducks, it was a perfect winter morning at the bird sanctuary!