This is my favourite time of year (except for summer maybe, with its swimming and long evenings). A friend wrote to me the other day asking what I thought about miracles. Are there miracles? Have I experienced any? I wrote back about hellebores. Isn’t it a miracle of sorts that when it’s still cold and just starting to get lighter in the mornings and afternoons, that there’s enough light for hellebores to throw open their pink or dark purple petals and bloom? And then maybe pull the focus back, way back, what about the miracle of seasons themselves, that the earth rotates on its axis daily, and revolves around the sun, tilting the poles either towards or away. (I think that’s how it goes.) And plants sleep and go dormant, then Echinacea starts putting up its dark purple shoots, and seeds lie on the ground waiting to spring up again – kale everywhere? That the seeds know how much light they need and how long the days should be before they start? And that there is a sun at all? And that some of these February days it has a bit of warmth and you can sit out of the wind and feel it before the snow comes again? That’s a miracle. Yes there are miracles. And yes I have experienced them. In the classic spiritual memoir, “Autobiography Of A Yogi” by Yogananda, he writes about meals that appear miraculously, about ordinary humans who never eat, about terrible sicknesses cured. I don’t know myself about those kind of miracles, but I can vouch for hellebores in my garden in February.
In those days, when life in Roberts Creek was uncomplicated, summer evenings were spent either on the beach or on the wharf.
Living on the Sunshine Coast of BC, we are immensely privileged to be surrounded by so much natural beauty. As I continue to explore this beautiful part of BC in my kayak, 4×4 and motorcycle, I try and capture some of this incredible beauty through the lens of my camera. Although the images themselves may capture some of the visual beauty of the Coast, what is lost is the heart, soul and energy which permeates these beautiful wilderness settings. Psychologists tell us that time spent in the wilderness reduces stress, improves attention, improves our mood and of course there are the obvious physical benefits to getting out into nature. Time spent in the wilderness also reconnects us to our primordial and evolutionary past. So for many, excursions into the wilderness are also sacred experiences reminding us of our fundamental connection to all life on this planet. So put down that phone, shut off the television or computer and step into and experience the majestic beauty of the Sunshine Coast wilderness.
“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” ~ John Muir