7/31/12

Time Travel

Almost every evening lately we go down to the river. It runs along the city, and within a kilometre or so of our house, there are so many spots to walk around and explore. Among the ones with the easiest access are Remic Rapids, DeschĂȘnes Rapids, and of course my favourite, Mud Lake, which is tucked away in the woods.

As we walk, we keep our eyes open: I look for creatures, feathers, shells, flowers, patterns and light, while my husband searches the ground for other kinds of treasure. I think he is hoping to find an explorer’s compass or some dinosaur bones, but sometimes a rusted piece of mystery metal is enough to quell his curiosity. One day I asked, “Can you imagine if we kept every single filthy, slimy, dirty, rusty, decomposing thing we found here?” His reply: “Yeah, we could build a time machine.” I married this man for his non-sequiturs.

Recently we found this bizarre rock formation, just under the Champlain Bridge.  It is spread over a large area of the shoreline, and it looks like the surface of the moon. As you can see, some of the circles are fairly large:

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After entering every possible combination of words into Google, I found out the origin of these strange rock patterns.

Stromatolites are the oldest known fossils in the world (about 450 million years old). The fossils were left by cyanobacteria, which were likely responsible for the creation of the earth’s oxygen. They were the dominant life form on earth for over 2 billion years. Most of the time they are hidden underwater, but they can be seen when the water levels are low.” -paraphrased/quoted from this article.

So there you have it. Sometimes beachcombing can enable time travel.

Ultra Violet Light

It’s funny how much purple I find on our walks- it follows me everywhere and draws me in.

I am loving these midsummer days, spending them down by the water as much as possible. Life is so peaceful down there, and we love watching and listening to the rhythms of nature. At the right time of day, the light cascades through the woods and bounces so perfectly off of Nature’s greatest works of art.

Mallard Feather

Loosestrife

Flowers

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Vervain

Spider Graffiti

7/24/12

Shop Update :: New Prints

It has been a while since I put the paper butterfly spin on anything. Last night I even had a dream where I told someone that “I don’t do that anymore.” This morning I set aside some time to put together a few new ones. I have taken a so many photos during the last few months, so there were a lot to choose from.

This is one of the birds I photographed in Vancouver, a Spotted Towhee, and some snowy ferns we found in Stanley Park. The second picture is a Duskywing Butterfly (I think) and a pretty star-shaped flower, both found at the cottage during our week-long visit. Both are available in the shop, along with a new spider print as well.

Rainbow Wing Bird 810 WM

BUTTERFLY DUSKY STAR 810 WM

7/10/12

Queen Anne’s Lace

It’s growing everywhere lately, by the woods and along the roadside. I sometimes marvel at how tall it grows; I’ve measured them up to my shoulders, and find them spread open wider than my palms.

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7/2/12

Back already?

We are back from a rejuvenating 24 hours at the cottage. When we’re there, life slows down to a luxurious pace. Walks turn into wanderings, and we usually follow the same paths; although we are starting to find some interesting creeks and corners.

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Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

More pictures to come…

7/1/12

Sounds like Summer

This morning I am listening to the first cicadas of the year. To me, their buzzing means it’s officially summer and it’s hot outside. We are also packing a few things to take to the cottage this afternoon. I love long weekends!

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{taken Summer 2009}

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