This summer’s songbirds

Posted by: Heidi

September 18th, 2013 >> Birds, Photos

Song Sparrow 600
As another summer comes to an end I have been thinking back about the many songbirds that I have enjoyed watching and listening to this summer, both in and out of the garden. Some of them visit my garden throughout most of the year while others are only here for a short time as they stop over on their annual migrations. Some of my favourites this year have included Song Sparrows, Wilson’s Warblers and Bushtits.

“I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.”

~ E. E. Cummings

Wilson's Warbler 320Bushtit 320

White in the garden

Posted by: Heidi

July 2nd, 2013 >> my garden, Photos

Peony 600

Foxgloves 200

White is often thought of as a background for other colours, but in the garden white can come alive and stand out on its own. I have been appreciating the white flowers in my garden more this year, the big and bold ones that grab your attention as well as the tiny and delicate ones that are like little hidden treasures when you find them. White brightens up dark, shady spots and most white and pale flowers are more strongly scented than their darker counterparts, which is also always appreciated in the garden.

The colour white represents purity, clarity, hope and new beginnings, all of which can be nurtured in a garden. It also represents peace, since the white flag is a universal symbol of truce.

The colour white doesn’t absorb any of the colours in the visible light spectrum, it reflects them all back, that’s why we see it as white. So, white flowers share all of the colours of the rainbow with us.

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”
~Henri Matisse

Graveteye 600
 

Pear Blossoms 600
 

Small pleasures

Posted by: Heidi

March 9th, 2013 >> Birds, my garden, Photos

Spotted Towhee
 

Early spring days bring many small pleasures that I am always so grateful for: longer days and the warmth of sun rays just barely penetrating the still chilly air; sprouts and buds bringing signs of life and colour to the garden; new bird songs and chatter filling the trees.

These seemingly simple pleasures are much more complex than they appear to be. The more that I learn about the natural world, the more I am in awe of the amazing complexity that is involved in even the smallest of details. Every time I discover something new I realize how much more there is to learn.

Pear tree leaf buds

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
~ Carl Sagan

crocus

Beautiful places

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January 1st, 2013 >> Photos, The wilderness

Chilliwack Lake 1Squamish


While exploring in the wilderness I have discovered so many beautiful places that have existed since long before we were here, and they will continue to be here long after we are gone.

“I will die, and this place will continue to dole out plenitude and beauty. Nothing bitter about this idea, but on the contrary, a feeling of gratitude and veneration.” ~ Albert Camus

Chilliwack Lake 2Rolley Lake

Moonrise

Posted by: Heidi

December 9th, 2012 >> Playing with paint

 

In this painting I tried to capture the feelings of tranquility and peacefulness that moonlight can create.

The moon is always a welcome sight in the night sky, especially at this time of the year, when the days are at their shortest and the nights are long and dark. There is something about the moon that has always seemed comforting to me. Throughout all of the ages of human life many among us have gazed up at it and contemplated our place in the universe.

“The moving Moon went up the sky.
And nowhere did abide;
Softly she was going up,
And a star or two beside.”
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

This year’s leaves

Posted by: Heidi

October 28th, 2012 >> my garden, Photos


It seems like only a short time ago the first leaf buds of spring were opening and yet, all around me, the leaves are now turning brilliant colours and falling to the ground. For these leaves there is only one spring, one summer and one fall.

While I enjoy the fall colours of this year’s leaves, a part of me is already looking forward to the next spring which will follow the approaching winter. I’m not in a hurry for spring to come though, I don’t want to wish away my days. They seem to go by all too quickly.

“Man’s life is like a drop of dew on a leaf.”

~ Socrates

Songbirds

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October 8th, 2012 >> Birds, Photos

 

Of all the birds that I enjoy watching, the little songbirds are my favourites. When they visit my garden feeders they appear to be so delicate and fragile but they have the strength and perseverance to survive much adversity in the wild.

“Instead of weeping when a tragedy occurs in a songbird’s life, it sings away its grief. I believe we could well follow the pattern of our feathered friends.” ~ William Shakespeare

Mid-summer thoughts

Posted by: Heidi

August 9th, 2012 >> my garden, Photos

Not much work needs to be done in the garden at this time of year. This is the time to relax and enjoy the feelings of peace and calm that time in the garden can bring. On hot summer days or  warm summer evenings I often sit in a shady spot and listen to the leaves rustling in the breeze, the tinkling of the windchimes and the various bird calls and songs. As I sit quietly I watch as butterflies and other insects flit around the flowers, and the birds visit the feeders.

Our lives are often so busy that we don’t take time to relax. We rush from one commitment or activity to another believing that we don’t have a minute to spare. We wish for more time, yet we often feel anxious and guilty when idle. To slow down time we need to live as fully as possible in the present moment. Relaxing in the garden I am able to leave behind thoughts of the past or future, and can experience time more peacefully.

“Nature requires us not only to be able to work well, but also to idle well.” ~ Aristotle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life is fragile

Posted by: Heidi

June 10th, 2012 >> my garden, Photos

Within the vastness of the universe our lives are more fragile and fleeting than each new flower that comes and goes in the garden. An abundance of flowers grow and bloom in my garden every year but each individual flower will only bloom once and then will be gone forever.

 

“That it will never come again
Is what makes life so sweet.”
~Emily Dickinson

The birds keep on singing

Posted by: Heidi

May 29th, 2012 >> Birds, my garden, Photos

Sometimes life doesn’t seem to make much sense. Terrible things happen that change your life forever. And yet somehow, all around you things continue to go on the same as always. The sun continues to come up every morning, the garden keeps growing, and the birds keep on singing.

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.”
~Chinese proverb