I had already realized that my Nikon was no longer going to perform having received the battery tired message. These were taken with my cell phone. I tried to capture him with his face towards me, but he just wouldn’t stop his grooming.
The birds/ducks were all over the place today, I should have gotten there earlier, I would have had more time, as it was I only got to explore on the other side of the road, not the part of Mud Lake I had been on before.
PL Precept #1 Life is Art…. Life is also an adventure… live it to the fullest.
Agility not being on my side today, I did make noise as I determinedly made my way through the brush along the shoreline to try to make my way to the end of the peninsula.
I climbed over fallen branches, dead trees, slipped down the embankment into the mud, even crossed a car length of water on a tree limb and a make shift stepping stone with a wooden plank to get to more of the peninsula. I was tired and getting weary, but I was determined to get to the end of the bit of land I was exploring.
My reward was that as I went the last few steps, I saw a Canada Goose out in the water, using my zoom I tried to bring him in focus, while keeping my balance on the uneven terrain. I was having a bit of a time, it was very uneven and full of overgrown brush and vegetation. Something made me aware that I was not alone, I cautiously looked to either side of me, but didn’t see anything… then I saw that the Goose was heading back towards me, and I looked down, just a few feet away from me, sat his partner.. staring up at me.
I know I like to explore, and I like being in places where I’m not likely to meet any other person on a walk, I suspect that they had chosen this place because it was far from human traffic, for sure, it was not an easy journey through the overgrown vegetation and dead wood that was everywhere. but, this crazy lady came to visit. They were both actually very calm about it all. You can see, when he got closer and saw that I wasn’t a threat, he stopped to primp himself. Needless to say, I was thrilled to the bone. I felt like I had just won the lottery.
Happiness is, a day out in the world, being ONE with nature, yes, I had to scramble over logs, deep holes in the ground, watch for branches that reached out to block my path, stumbled over dead roots reaching up out of the debris that littered the ground, but I was alive, and I was focused on every moment of my experience. The memory of that moment where her eyes looked into mine, will stay with me forever. She was so close, so near, and so unruffled … her serenity in the moment, was a gift//blessing.
Sometimes, my mind is not always present. This was my first visit to Petrie Island in a long time. I parked and walked across to the inlet, and was startled by a black bird who few right up to me and landed just a heart beat away. He puffed up his chest opened his wings and I was delighted at his welcome, managed to grab a picture, and then took a few more of the water behind him and the activity in the bay. Guess who had not put her memory card back in her camera.
I grabbed for my cell phone but of course, by the time I did all that the bird and his partner were long gone. I continued on the trail chastising myself.. mutter mutter… I did get some pictures with the cell, but the cell is not my Nikon or the Canon .. The two ducks I came across were no interested in me, they basically ignored my presence. I am not standing all that far a way from them when I was taking their pictures.
I will go back. I went out today because the forecast calls for a nice temperature today, and sun, the rest of the week till Friday, is overcast with rain, and in the low 40’s. This was the first time I’ve ever not returned my memory card to the camera when done with the transfer of pictures from the card to my PC. Hopefully it will be my last.
In the summer, this location is full of people enjoying the island and the waters around it. Today it was quiet, there were people but not too many. It was ideal for a relaxing wander … I could hear all kinds of birds over head, but I lack the zoom lenses that my wildlife photographer friends have, so .. I just took my time walking the trail and listened.
Everywhere, under, in and around the trees, branches, rocks, there was a variety of birds.. and squirrels, there had to have been a “zillion” of them, grays, beige, rusty, tiny, wee ones, medium size, they were so busy gathering seeds and then running to hide them, they ran across your path, behind you, and unless you actually advanced towards them, you were ignored. People sat on fallen logs, benches like the one above, big boulder rocks strategically placed… human visitors have made small wooden shelters almost like teepees under the protection of big evergreens around the trunks of deciduous trees.
The forest floor looks quiet, but just before I stopped to capture the moment, there had been at least 5 squirrels playing hide and seek in this section of the woodlands. next This bird was being camera shy, I did get another picture of her, but this is the one I thought was sooo cute.
She positioned herself behind the branch, but I could still see her looking at me, watching to see what I would do, what direction I would go.
There will always be a way. if you persist and be creative without giving up, you will find solutions that you had not considered before.
Prefect Liberty 2020.28
I have gone many times to Merrickville, but it was only on my last visit there that I came across this giraffe. I stood for some time looking at it, before I walked down the street to get a better look. Years ago I had attempted to do some sculptures with chicken wire, I know the effort and time I had to put in to accomplish what results I did get.
This tall imposing giraffe was a marvel to me. There were not that many people about that day, so I was able to stand and enjoy him/her for some time. The posture, the face, the use of the stones all came together so beautifully. I’m sorry now that I did not attempt to find the owner and perhaps the creator…. (note to self.. a revisit soon or when weather permits and the season is right.)
Begin each day with a renewed sense of appreciation. Always remember that you are here today thanks to God, and thanks to the many people around you. Let’s make each day meaningful by starting out with a feeling of gratitude.
Another month coming to an end. Reminder to set your clocks back this evening .. yes.. its that time again. Tomorrow, November 1, the Sunday service will be the Day of Peace service – 10 a.m. Through t his service we pray for World Peace and dedicate ourselves to live as peaceful human beings. Love- respect- appreciation – gratitude begin with us, in our own lives.
Rather than thinking “I have to….” think “ok, Let’s do this!” When you procrastinate and put things off until later, you will make things harder than they need to be. Get up ad do it now.
Perfect Liberty 2020.31
Don’t hesitate to show kindness to others. Do you ever find yourself hesitating to show kindness to someone? It is when you put your thoughts into action that you can show others what is in your heart.
Live expressing your own unique self in your day to day life. We each are given our own duties and roles in life. Take the time to find what makes you unique,and you will be able to live your life expressing your own individual beauty.
Kanwaza in Perfect Liberty, is an “act of God” when we find ourselves dealing with a situation that is/was totally unexpected.
In my case a blow out on a wet windy day on a week-end, when the service centre of the dealership I deal with and most other automotive places are closed.
As it turned out I found myself in front of Nickys Auto Sales, when I finally got my car to a stop, off the busy road. The place was closed, but in the back I saw that one of the bay doors was open and a man was washing a car.
Needless to say I was blessed… The man was amazingly helpful and friendly, he not only got me back on the road safely he did everything he could to make sure I was at ease, and that I understood what and why he was doing something. there was no tire available, he could not fix the tire I had, it was totally busted. I was at the dealers this morning (top pictures) at seven a.m. this morning.
Good news. my tire is under warranty, one has been ordered, and the dealer will fix it for me as soon as it comes in.
In PL we live with appreciation in our hearts, and do our best to learn from the “experiences” that come our way. Yes I had a traumatic reaction (flashbacks to the accidents I had not that long ago), but I was also favoured with the positive experiences of the people, strangers, friends, who came to my aid.
New encounters can help you change. Be up for anything even if it out of your comfort zone. This is a chance for you to improve yourself as a human being.
I started out for one place, was in the wrong lane, ended up in a totally different direction, and smack dab to the entrance (parking lot) for the Larose Forest.
Was I dressed for a hike through the forest trails, no. Being the trouper I am, I decided to hike down one of the trails to get some pictures. Hot, was it hot… yes, but walking along under the canopy of the trees, there was a breeze.
My day was planned out for me by a higher being. I would not have started out to visit the Larose Forest on a day when temperatures were going to give us a scorching heat, with a high humidity factor thrown in. But I end the day with gratitude in my heart. I had a lovely day, it was a productive day, the myriads of greens, and earthy tones, was a palette that not only pleased the eye, but soothed a weary “soul”
Live in the moment. Whether you are walking, having a conversation, or having a good time, it is important to be fully engaged. Remember to live in the “now”
Perfect Liberty 2017.10
I will live with a mind of appreciation toward others and things.
Perfect Liberty Principle #3
Good night everyone. May your night and dreams be filled with a heartfelt joy that has you drifting into a peaceful sleep with a smile on your face, and gratitude in your heart.
TAOIST Life is Art (Perfect Liberty precept #1)
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