Awaken

There is a time in the last few days of summer when the ripeness of autumn fills the air.” – Rudolfo Anaya

The marine air that we were promised has come to blow the coastal smoke away, although there is still pewter coloured smoke weaving its way through concrete and organic structures alike. The sky is a milky blue, the sunlight filtered and because of our very dry summer, there is a scent of autumn in the air. Walking through our favourite trail after a tasty lunch at the Urban Forest Café, we’ve found ourselves once again sitting on a bench at Beaver Lake listening to the sound of the leaves talking as a lone raven takes to the sky. We have a perfect view of the float planes as they crest the stand of forest on their way to Coal Harbour to drop off passengers from points unknown.

We all need places that are green, places far from the fray of everyday life where we can gather our thoughts, to read like the young Harry Potter look-alike we came upon on Cathedral trail as we made our way home – bare feet perched on a crumbling log, deep into mysterious pages, a fairy-tale image just waiting to be captured on my own pages. Apparently he reads here most afternoons, tucked off the main trail, and I think that’s magical.

These are some of the fleeting summer moments I’m compelled to gather in spite of the rising red sun and a sense of foreboding as smoke continues to touch our world. Today, the warm scent of cedar and wild mint is keeping us company on our summer trail after another picnic in the park. Blackberries are hard to find as autumn gently wanders in, so we settle on a log in a clearing to watch a preening Rufous-Sided Towhee sunning itself on a hill of moss as robins fly over our heads in search of berries, too. The rich, oxygenated air is a joy to breathe in after waking up to an eerily beautiful red sun, we are thankful to have  big sky to look at without smoke to mar one of the last days of summer. As I make my way home I stop in at the Stanley Park Community Garden for a wander, it’s quiet now, bathed in colours of scarlet, copper and gold. White and currant coloured berries alongside tightly closed seed pods have replaced the pastel hues of spring – how sweet to see tiny sparrows perched inside a changing bush feasting on the insects found there. This is autumn asking us to awaken from the languorous days of summer…the season of foraging wasps and orb-spinners lighting the way before the rains come.

A hidden trail in Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.), where majestic trees bear the marks of lightning strikes from many years ago.

This beautiful capture on the same trail reminds us of scenes from “Lord of the Rings”!

Sometimes there is beauty to be wrought from lightning…

The beautiful trees found on this hidden trail have left a stark record of an intense period of lightning strikes from a time long ago…

This post is dedicated to a beautiful artist in our neighbourhood who succumbed to the smoky skies, Judy Cameron (February 19, 1938 – August 19, 2018) – I still look for her selling her cards at the corner of Haro & Cardero.

 

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57 Responses to Awaken

  1. Shirley says:

    It is finally nice to see the mountains again. Indian Summer is usually the best time for me, rings in heady spicy smells, pumpkin/apple/ sage. Watch the birds and their young, learning how to fly. A reflective month I find in September, peaceful.
    Love Mom

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    • The smoky skies were certainly claustrophobic, it’s much more beautiful to see the ocean and mountains! You’re right, Mom, September is a wonderful month for reflection, a time to buy new pens and notebooks, a time to dream about the busy months ahead.

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    • michnavs says:

      Hi Shirley…i have been following you here in kim’s blog and i am always amazed at the simplicity yet very insightful comments you left…there’s just so much wisdom..with much love and support to kim…its admirable.

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      • Shirley says:

        Thanks for your comment. We both love to see your replies. I was blessed with two children whom I love, and they allow me to sneak in the backdoor and let me be me.

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  2. markmkane says:

    Kimberlee, I loved how you described the sky but I wish I was there when the robins flew overhead. I really envy where you live and the beautiful scenic surrounding you live in. I can’t wait to read your posts on the winter surroundings you’ll be encountering.

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    • I just received a beautiful block of handmade soap with the scent of winter infused within it…autumn is just around the corner and I can hardly wait to share my wanders with you, Mark…I can hear the fallen leaves crunching beneath my feet already!

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Glad your skies are clear again. Autumn is creeping in, one yellowing leaf at a time.

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  4. It’s a beautiful lyrical write. Eloquent imagery and loved reading this, Kim. Wish you a wonderful weekend!

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  5. Jade M. Wong says:

    I loved this paragraph: “We all need places that are green, places far from the fray of everyday life where we can gather our thoughts, to read like the young Harry Potter look-alike we came upon on Cathedral trail as we made our way home – bare feet perched on a crumbling log, deep into mysterious pages, a fairy-tale image just waiting to be captured on my own pages. Apparently he reads here most afternoons, tucked off the main trail, and I think that’s magical.” ~> Partly because of the Harry Potter reference and partly because I agree wholeheartedly that we all need to escape to nature every now and then. So many of us are caught up in busy city life that to be able to step away from that and breathe in the peace of nature is truly a priceless experience.

    P.S. Those trees really do look stunning! And I agree, straight out of a scene from LoTR!

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  6. Miriam says:

    So sorry to hear that you’ve recently lost a friend. But your walk through nature sounds so peaceful and therapeutic. Those trees rise to the sky like giants or out of a movie. Take care and enjoy the greenery when you can. xx 💚

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    • It’s still hazy with smoke outside but the rains have come…this morning’s sunrise was magical…I can hardly wait to see those giants amid fall’s flaming glory. Thank you for stopping by, Miriam…your kind words never fail to let me know that we always have kindred spirits close by.

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  7. Beautiful post and beautiful photos. They remind me of LOTR’s too. 🙂 I am sorry to hear about the loss of your friend though. Sending hugs. xxx

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  8. I am sorry to hear about the loss of your artist neighbour, Kim. A beautiful post once again, and you are right in pointing out that there is beauty to be had in everything, even in the aftermath of lightning. xx

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  9. michnavs says:

    As always Kim you walk me through wherever you are ..your description of the place makes me really wanna see them…the trees are beautiful…and yes its fun to experience 4 seasons…i believe its one of nature’s greatest gift and miracle as well..

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  10. Such beautiful prose. You brought me as close to the land as any writing could. Thank you for sharing that.

    By the way, it was a mild summer here in Colorado. Seldom too hot, or too dry.

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  11. Beautiful – I love the sights and scents you describe and I love the thought of the little Harry Potter reading, a real little creature of the woods! I’m glad that the breathing is easier and you can enjoy walking the trails in fresher air.

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  12. Robin says:

    I know I’ve said (written) this before, but I do love how beautifully you paint a picture with your words. I’m glad to hear your skies and air are clearing. Your description of the young Harry Potter look-alike was so wonderful that I could picture him sitting there. Magic. 🙂

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  13. Tee says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Writing and pictures both! Thank you for sharing.

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  14. Brenda says:

    A beautifully written post as always, Kim. I’ve been following the fires in BC from my corner of the world. Your dedication is heartbreaking and very moving. Wishing you a wonderful and safe week ahead, my friend.

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  15. Lovely story and dedication. So sorry for the loss of the beautiful artist in your neighborhood, Judy Cameron.

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  16. Quirky Girl says:

    I suppose there is beauty in lightning, as evidenced by that tree. But then, if there is beauty in our scars as humans, it only makes sense the same would be true in nature. 🙂

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  17. calmkate says:

    lovely collection of moments, and incredible tree … you capture it so well with your words 🙂

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  18. manyofus1980 says:

    how wonderful! I am glad you enjoyed the trails! xo

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  19. Reading your posts is like a meditation for me, Kim. You capture such serenity and peacefulness in your journeys into nature. “We all need places that are green, places far from the fray of everyday life where we can gather our thoughts…” So true. Thank you for taking me on a walk. 🙂

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  20. Beautiful Words. Thank You.

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