When it’s cold outside, and the winter wind is blowing snow around, it helps me to remember that it’s always summer somewhere!
Perhaps this photo, taken as I walked on a long sun-drenched beach in Australia, will bring warmth and sunshine into your day.
Australia…the land of endless empty beaches.
What does joy mean to you?
Is it a feeling? How do you know when you’re experiencing it?
For me, joy is often a quiet inner knowing; a feeling that bubbles up from deep within and expands until it bursts out all around me. The whole world seems brighter and lighter in that moment and I feel like I’m being carried on the wind.
Sometimes I experience joy in certain places, or with specific people. Other times, it comes upon me unexpectedly. I find it’s elusive, hard to define, yet unmistakable when it arrives.
What brings you joy?
With such beauty greeting you in the morning, you can’t help but feel good about the day!
It may take two to tango, but apparently in the world of the red-necked grebe, it also takes two to sit on a nest.
This pair of grebes has been building and rebuilding their nest for several months. Although they do leave the nest periodically, they both seem to take their parenting responsibilities very seriously. To the point where they sit on the nest together.
I guess it’s true that it takes a community to raise a child, even in the bird kingdom.
Last week, as we were out enjoying a lovely sail, the wind began to shift and pick up. We took one sail down and the wind got stronger, so we decided it was time to head back to the marina.
As my partner reached down and over to pull the cord to start the motor, a rogue wind caught the main sail and sent the boat onto its edge. I was at the helm and the tiller flew out of my hand. I had the sudden image of my partner going headfirst into the water with me not far behind.
In my panic, I said some unprintable things very loudly, while he calmly reached over and let out the main sail. The boat righted itself with ease.
Under normal circumstances, I know to do that. But in the midst of momentary chaos, apparently my mind takes a leave of absence.
Guess I’m still learning! Aren’t we all?
And isn’t that the joy of living? So much still to learn 🙂
Nature shares so generously.
What can we give in return?
Lately I’ve been trying to see the world through the eyes of a child…with wonder at the incredible magic of the place in which we live.
This past weekend, I had an experience that was truly wonder-filled.
As a flock of fifty Canada geese made their way to the water’s edge, I noticed one had unusual markings. It was the same size as the rest of the geese, but its head was white, and its neck was mottled grey and white. It also had a light-coloured bill and pinkish feet. The underbelly of this goose was also predominantly white. Yet for all its differences, it was accepted as one of the tribe.
Later, after checking the bird book, and getting some photos, we determined that it was likely a Blue-morph Snow goose. Clearly it had missed an exit on its migration path!
Imagine seeing a Snow goose in southern Ontario in the summer! Oh the wonder!
I know that summer is just around the corner when these golden beauties appear in abundance!
What are some signs for you of summer’s approach?