Do You See What I See ?

‘The imagination is the spur of delights … all depends upon it, it is the mainspring of everything; now, is it not by means of the imagination one knows joy? Is it not of the imagination that the sharpest pleasures arise?”  Marquis de Sade

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy, is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself” William Blake

I could not let winter slip away without a gallery of photos taken over the winter months that spurred my imagination to creations made of snow providing moments of delight, pleasure and joy. Do you see what I see? Hope I can add a moment of delight and joy to your day.

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All About Lines – Rail Lines

In response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, this past Saturday I was once again walking along the rail lines. This time, the rail line was along the Bull River in the East Kootenays.

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Moments In Time – # 43

We have all experienced those “moments in time” where we see a picture, hear a song or a phrase is read and we are taken back to a moment in time to a place, a person or an activity that created a very special memory and thinking about that moment makes you smile and provides a moment of joy.

Today was just a relaxing statutory holiday. Late rising, lingering over the second cup of coffee and curled up on the couch with my nose stuck in a book trying to solve the who-dun-it before I reached the end.

I needed exercise and headed to the pool to swim my 30 laps and sit in the hot tub to relax after the swim. I have to pay 25 cents for a locker and usually, because I am a regular, I get # 27. Today, I greeted Ann, handed over my 25 cents, took the locker key given and made my way to the change room.

When I looked at my locker key, it was # 43. Immediately, this number put a smile on my face. In high school, my daughter JoAnna’s world revolved around this number. It was her favorite. If she had to choose a number for anything, it was # 43. I do not remember the significance or why it was important, but just seeing that locker number 43 made me smile and think of JoAnna. I sent a happy thought to her, wishing her a happy holiday, giving love and an affirmation for health, happiness and joy.

Next time you have “a moment in time” send a blessing to that person who put a smile on your face. A blessing wishing them health, peace, happiness and joy.

We all need a "helping hand"

We all need a “helping hand”

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Fun Foto Challenge – Circles and Curves

The amazing architecture of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain is all about curves and will also apply to Cee’s next fun foto challenge of lines. Enjoy the beauty of this magnificent structure.

Read about my visit to Bilbao here.

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Travel Theme – Time

Ailsa’s over at Where’s My Backpack has chosen “time” for her travel theme.

When I climb the hill to the top of the butte, this tree and bench say it is time to sit and rest a while, admire the beauty of the mountains, listen to the wind whisper through the trees and the call of the birds flying overhead. Being fully present at that moment in time.

An invitation to take a bit of time

An invitation to take a bit of time

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Future Tense

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge is Future Tense.

On a beautiful bluebird sky Sunday afternoon, I was at the right place at the right time to photograph the train as it approached the spot where I was waiting. The following three photos were taken with my ipad along the marshes of the Kootenay River near Fort Steele, BC.

I see the train a coming….

Coming down the track…

At the crossing

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Cherry Creek

What started as a search for an eagle nest near the Cherry Creek confluence with the Kootenay River ended up as a peek into abandoned buildings and wondering what it was like to live in the area some fifty years ago.

As it turned out, we were on the opposite side of the Kootenay River and could look across and see the two hills that we climbed as part of the Dewdney Trail as described in my previous post.

It takes about half an hour drive from Kimberley to reach the Cherry Creek Wildlife Property. This is an area of 968.82 hectares striving to preserve the Pacific lowlands, wildlife habitat and waterfowl migration corridor along the Kootenay River. This area neighbors the St. Mary’s Indian Band reserve and several ranches.

Our mission was to find the eagle nest high in a snag along Cherry Creek. Being a Nature Reserve there is no vehicle traffic within the boundary although there is a small dirt track going down to the creek. Approaching the creek, off to the right is an old granary building. From a distance it looked interesting and invited further exploration. The wood on the outside of the building was aged and weathered and provided exquisite texture and coloring. Peeking thru the open door, an abandoned lawn chair sans a cushion was the sole piece of furniture indicating that at one time someone did share this space. At the opposite end of the building was an area that probably housed livestock.

We searched the area along the creek for the snag with the eagle nest hoping there could be a possibility of seeing the pair preparing to raise another brood. There was no sign of a nest and surmised that the nest probably became too top-heavy for the snag and toppled to the ground. We did hear the honking of geese further up the wetlands and made a mental note to investigate that area in about a month when nesting season starts.

The dirt track crosses a bridge made of seven logs about 60 centimeters in diameter with two timbers bolted to the planks with huge 3/4 inch bolts and washers.

On the other side of the bridge was another building with an outhouse. This building was padlocked and the broken window area boarded up. Rounding the side of this building, there were pieces of paper lying in the grass. Upon further investigation, these bits of paper provided a small insight into the people who at one time called this area home. Those people must have used this land as a summer home because there were canceled cheques and business ledgers from Spokane, Washington. The earliest date was 1955 and continued until 1965. We could also determine that there was a female presence as there were hand written recipes and recipes from Betty Crocker torn from magazines.

When the curiosity waned with the bits and pieces of paper, we set off to explore the trail heading along the creek. Beside the path there was another channel running and 200 yards further along were several pieces of rusted metal where the channel met the creek. After a discussion of various scenarios, the theory was that the creek had been dammed with the metal providing the flow gates to regulate the water going to the cabin.

We followed the trail along the creek until it met a fenced property line. There were wonderful old tree stumps, moss growing in unusual places and fungi creating patterns on the rotting wood.

As we were heading back to the parking area we met a vehicle coming down the road. Since the top gate had been locked, we knew the person in the vehicle must be responsible for the security of this area. Indeed, the driver was an employee with the BC Nature Trust. He confirmed that this property had been owned by a doctor from Washington State who loved the area and a wife who was not so inclined. Also, the channel along the creek had been used for irrigation in the flats.

In the coming months, this is an area that we will visit again. I am optimistic that in the lowlands along the creek, I can find the yellow ladyslippers that like this type of wetland. And, of course, to return in hopes that the eagle pair will rebuild their nest on another snag and to walk along the wetlands observing the waterfowl. Although there were lots and lots of elk droppings, not one elk was seen. We will have to be more stealth like in our movements (much less noise) to enjoy the animals and the birds.

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Travel Theme – Green

Ailsa over at Where’s My Backpack has Green as the weekly travel theme.

With warming temperatures and the moisture in the rock and ground and hidden from the sun, the moss is very green and it is sending out spores for propagation. Often there is a display of shades of green among the different moss plants clinging to the rock. And…always allow your spirit to be in awe by the beauty of nature.

This carpet of moss was sending out love to the birds, the mountain breeze and me.

This carpet of moss was sending out love to the birds, the mountain breeze and me. In awe!

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Wild Weekly Photo Challenge # 23 Spring

Let’s Be Wild photo theme # 23 is Spring. Although the calendar says Spring, here in the East Kootenays of BC, it will be at least another month (usually around Mother’s Day in May) before the hillsides burst into bloom.

On the Dewdney Trail, I was able to capture two tiny alpine buttercups showing their miniature yellow faces and a succulant with bright red brackets that stood out against the rocky background.

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Weekly Photo Challenge Theme of the Week – Lunchtime

The Daily Post photo challenge for this week is Lunchtime.

On the EKOC hike on the Dewdney Trail, we had a wonderful lunchtime spot at 1000 metres in between the hills, out of the wind with views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. A few minutes to sit and nourish the spirit with the beauty that surrounds you.

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