Collateral Beauty

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky.” – Rabindranath Tagore

Solo walks this mid-summer have taken on a different hue – our provincial government recently mandated that we travel and explore here in our own province. So each afternoon I plan to walk a slightly different path, stopping along the way to read or write, taking note of the unfolding beauty all around me. What’s a girl to do during this world-wide pandemic with air travel at a standstill but pack her beloved cork tote with her fedora, water bottle, that soft airline blanket not forgetting to bring her current read and battered notebook?!

Today’s adventure finds me at Third Beach after a salt-air infused walk by the sea where I’ve found a weathered bench above the tidal pools to watch a lone Great Blue Heron and three sleek Pelagic Cormorants fishing, enjoying yet another enchanting vista after watching a majestic eagle soar above the sea seeking lunch. A dream-like afternoon that awakens memories of Mexico. On my way home, I walked an abundant flora lined path up to the Tea House seeking shade and lush green. I was curious to see how the roadway looked as the park welcomed more traffic, it was now divided to accommodate both vehicles and bikes. The bike lane is parallel to the sidewalk I walked upon leaving me with lots of space to linger under the shadow-rich canopy above.Β  The shared roadway seems to be working well as my walk felt peaceful despite the odd car zooming by…

Other walks include trips to the shops or delivering orphan books from our apartment building’s laundry room shelves to the free library book cupboard in our neighbourhood (there are eager readers out there as our local library is still closed, sigh!) often resulting in blissful moments of joy. On one such walk on a search for a special box of tea, the health food grocery store I frequent was in the midst of reopening its spacious patio, there were sweet pots of flowers placed on tables and counter spaces that caught my eye, serving as gentle reminders to observe social distancing and to keep guests safe. There was one empty table calling my name so I made sure to buy a chilled can of peach ice tea and enjoyed watching the world go by once again on our famous Robson St. as I sipped away underneath the warm sun.

The divide between seasons has left its mark – leaving black husks of lilacs in place of vibrant purple, the coral blossoms of the ornamental quince have finished gracing the edge of the lagoon and there’s not a tulip to be seen. Among the dragonflies, wild rosehips are dotting now choked forest trails and on dusty paths acorns come to rest – collateral beauty noted underneath sunset skies that welcomed a mysterious traveller recently, the comet Neowise, its long trailing tail and pale center visible just after twilight not to be seen again for 6800 years…

An early morning capture of Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.) as we enjoy exploring closer to home!

A trio of young Great Blue Herons perched up high at the edge of the lagoon reminding me of a delicate Japanese silkscreen.

Our morning walked yielded this beauty, a former groundskeeper cottage reflecting lush green. As we walked away, a rehabilitation worker came by with an animal carrier containing a recovered young Great Blue Heron ready to be set free down at Second Beach!

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I'm currently blogging from the beautiful West Coast city of Vancouver, British Columbia - a vibrant city by the sea, surrounded by mountains and a very unique urban forest.
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51 Responses to Collateral Beauty

  1. A wonderful post Kim and Summer in your beautiful part of the world seems a delight for all the senses. Thank you for letting us walk along with you here and what a treat to have seen Neowise! Stay safe and well and here’s to many more happy days to come πŸ€—πŸ’– xxx

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  2. calmkate says:

    what a joyful meander Kim, felt like I was there with you!

    Delightful descriptions and there is always more we can explore at home ….

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  3. Thanks for the soothing walkabout. Just what I needed after a day of work since I’m too tired to actually walk! It’s always good to find beauty where we are.

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  4. ugetse says:

    I love your opening quote. You always find the best ones. Kim, there is a generosity of spirit in your words. When I walk inside your blog, I get deep into it. It is quite an intense experience. You really take us along with you. Thank you again for another beautiful note. πŸ€—πŸ˜˜β™₯️

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    • The quote reminded me of your phrase when you watch the heavens, “theatre of the sky”. I hope my next post captures our lovely walk in the park…from the hidden forest garden down to Beaver Lake to take in Monet and on to the spacious deck to indulge in small plates of deliciousness! It was a delight…

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  5. murisopsis says:

    The description of the spent lilacs and the acorns was so vivid that I could see them in my mind’s eye. I went geocaching at a local park and relished the delightful breeze and cooling shade of old growth trees… there is much to be seen in our own “backyards” if we are willing to look!

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    • Coming across those spent lilacs and fallen acorns reminded me that time is passing by quickly even though these pandemic altered days pass so slowly! I’m glad you’re able to find collateral beauty and hidden treasure in your own old growth backyard, too…


  6. michnavs says:

    As always Kim, twas a delighted summer walk with you. I adore the last photo of a cottage. Its beautiful and i felt like it has so much story in store. It has a lot of character as well.

    I am happy with most local government officials worldwide are doing- encouraging locals to visit local tourists spots. My love to your mom please..😊😊😊

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    • I’m glad you’re one of my dear companions and your sweet thoughts make my day…we try our best to explore locally, visit the shops and take-out spots nearby and keep safe…thank you for always thinking of my Mom, Mich! X

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  7. Olga says:

    A beautiful, sensory experience to share your walk, Kim. That sunset is magnificent. ❀ Exploring one's own backyard can definitely uplift one's spirits in these times of change and yours is so full of nature's glory. πŸ™‚

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  8. A lovely amble as always, Kim. I’m so glad you invited us along. Your blue skies and peaceful reflections are soothing to the soul. Have a wonderful week, my friend. πŸ™‚ ❀

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  9. Jade M. Wong says:

    I love the idea of exploring closer to home. Often, our minds are so focused on what’s “out there”, we forget there’s quite a lot “right here”. The cottage looks particularly cozy.

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  10. Ally Bean says:

    Your thoughts about what you are doing and seeing are delightful. We are also staying close to home as we endure this pandemic. I love your phrase: collateral beauty noted underneath sunset skies. So evocative.

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  11. markmkane says:

    Love the pictures Kimberlee. You pulled me into your world, especially when you talked about Third Beach. I’m glad you’re enjoying nature despite what’s going on in the world.

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  12. Did you just quote one of my favourite fellow Bengalis, Tagore? He is the pride of Bengal. Before I start rambling about him — you know, how my words tend to run away before I get to the matter at hand — the way you are living your days so gently and gloriously out in the bosom of nature, do you think you will miss this later?

    Your spot, the weathered bench by the tidal pools, with a ringside view of nature, sounds rather fetching. I am tempted to drop in with a rug and a book. And a note of appreciation on your observations of the fading away of the seasonal flowers and the comet never to be seen again for thousands of years. Just luvvly. xx

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  13. I enjoyed walking with you Kim, there are often treasures close to home and I always feel that I’m in a place of beauty on one of your walks.

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  14. Jina Bazzar says:

    That’s a lovely quote. And the post lighthearted and soothing.
    I never tried peach tea before. Does it taste like the fruit?

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  15. I loved walking with you here. It sounds so beautiful. Nothing like that to walk around here unless I drive to somewhere first.

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  16. Miriam says:

    Dear Kim, thank you for transporting me through your beautiful words. What a lovely walk, I could almost smell all the nature as you described it all. How wonderful! Enjoy your trails and paths. Like you I’m finding solace in familiar paths that somehow never lose their beauty. Much love sent to you. πŸ’š

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  17. Robyn Haynes says:

    I loved this walk you took me on.

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  18. Mackenzie says:

    Every time I read a post of yours I feel like I’m diving into an amazingly written novel and transported to where you are in time! I love the idea of taking different paths- It’s like a new adventure each time as you’ve described. Thank you for sharing with us, Kimberlee ❀

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  19. BriN says:

    This post honestly gave me amazing vibesπŸŒŸπŸ˜‡ Especially the house!! It looks unbelievably gorgeous. Your descriptions were lovelyy too. πŸ˜€

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