More Murphy Creek

I probably shouldn’t drop the same photos onto multiple social media platforms (I realize some of you follow all of them and apologize for the bombardment) but I do like how these turned out and wanted to share.

Perhaps when spring arrives full-time I’ll have the legs to go farther upstream at Murphy Creek; right now, it’s a 1.5 hour sweat-fest just to get these.

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Finally seeing some colour

We need a few days of a cleansing rain to wash the dust away but it’s hard to argue with sunshine and the return of some spring-like colour. It has been warm in southwest B.C of late and as much as I try to enjoy it, I always hear voices of scientists in my head — loudly stating to any news organization that will listen how the planet is warming, glaciers and ice caps are shrinking, sea levels are rising and extreme weather will become our new normal in the coming years.

I listened to a captivating episode of Quirks and Quarks (CBC) today… it was all about predicting what our blue dot will look like in the future. The only thing remotely comforting is somehow humans keep cranking out more smart humans. Their ability to invent and/or improve technologies may one day help us better manage our dwindling resources.

The things humans can do is staggering already (and, yes, I know I view most things through a distorted lens of good days/bad days due to depression and some health concerns) but I think what’s needed is for humans to start questioning those things and being brave enough to do what’s right in the long-term.

Here’s the link to the episode of Quirks and Quarks if you’re interested.

And here’s a bit of the colour I spoke of…

Colour Along the Columbia

Rail Trail – Arrow Lake

I’ve never seen Arrow Lake this low. Kind of a neat walk along the abandoned railway line. There are bats in the tunnel… but they don’t bother you.

These are all iPhone shots.

Winds of Change

A recent announcement from a relative of a relationship ending is rattling around in my head. If you’re beyond your teen years, it’s highly likely that particular change has happened in your life, too, and it’s never easy.

Though change has been a constant in my life, I haven’t embraced it well on a number of occasions.

I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.

– Stephen Hawking

I’m not of a mind to splash all of those occasions onto this blog. I simply wanted to note what has my mind occupied right now. Looking ahead, there are changes I need to make and I’m going to try to stay positive about making them.

From a trip to Shadd Lake, SK.

From a trip to Shadd Lake, SK.

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No one will ever know how much work went into this image and that’s okay. The hours spent editing the colour noise around those shadowed trees were worth it.

It has such a vibrant colour mosaic that it reminded me of my family.

I enjoyed Christmas this year… and I have a general disdain for the myths and associated traditions of organized religion. My family members are good people but — because I have lived alone for years — my patience can get thin when we get together. I’m a little set in my ways, including the desire for large doses of quiet time.

That said, I wouldn’t change a thing from this Christmas or any of the characteristics of those who make up my family; they’re all key to bringing out the beauty in our canvas.

A vibrant sunset as seen from my parents home in Chase, B.C.

A vibrant sunset as seen from my parents home in Chase, B.C. … December, 2014.

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