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Snapshot: Everyday Miracles

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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.

Snapshot: The Roberts Creek Wharf

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In those days, when life in Roberts Creek was uncomplicated, summer evenings were spent either on the beach or on the wharf.

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    “Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue.” ~ John Muir
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    "How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!" ~ John Muir
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    "Snow falling soundlessly in the middle of the night will always fill my heart with sweet clarity" ~ Novala Takemoto
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    "People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy." ~ Anton Chekhov
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    "Everything must be questioned: then the mind becomes extraordinarily sensitive, alive and intelligent" ~ Krishnamurti
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    "You can look at anything in a sacred manner. Moved to tears at the sudden realization that you and the beauty you witness, are one." (Jolly Mystic Dude)
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    "Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books." ~ John Lubbock
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    “May every sunrise hold more promise and every sunset hold more peace.” ~ Umair Siddiqui
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    "Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift." ~ Albert Einstein
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    “Ô, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.” ~ Roman Payne
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    “To shine your brightest light is to be who you truly are.” ~ Roy T. Bennett
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    "The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach." Henry Beston
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    “Because there's nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it's sent away.” ~ Sarah Kay
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    "When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love." ~ Marcus Aurelius
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    “In this vast cosmic orchestra, peace is the music of every heart. Our glory lies in understanding, listening and honoring that music.” ~ Amit Ray
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    “A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in--what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” ~ Victor Hugo
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    "Thought is the wind and knowledge the sail" ~ David Hare
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    "It is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it." ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
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    "Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky." ~ Rabindranath Tagore

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

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