Sunday Evening Reflection: The Colour of Spring

“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.” Joseph Campbell,

This past week, the colours of spring have reminded me that we mark our lives by nature. When the spring rain comes with the subtle greens, we think of planting, even as we sense harvest time when the sun shines amber. Summer’s warmth conjures up picnics and sandy beaches. And those long, dark winter nights give us time for rest and reflection.

From a scientific perspective, without seasons, humanity would be living quite differently. Some suggest that humans would probably have never advanced beyond living in small settlements, subsisting on limited food. Every season has a purpose that supports our survival.

This Sunday evening, I am celebrating Spring, the season of new beginnings, of awakening, of planting. Join me on my walk in Nature.

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 KVJ

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    1. I am delighted that you joined me, Jo. We walk in the later part of the day so that I can see the crows gather for homecoming. I am fascinated by their community. There is structure and care taken to ensure that everyone makes the trip back to the roost.

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    1. Thank you, Dave! The best part of taking photos of flowers and trees, birds and sky, is that they make me feel like I’m a professional photographer. All I need to do is to press the button and the earth did all the rest. Welcome to a new week of extraordinary possibilities.

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  1. Thank you for inviting me to join you on your Sunday Evening Reflection. I enjoyed the fresh new leaves, the flowers, I even saw some birds playing in the water.l Spring is such a new experience each year, speaks of new beginnings. We are so bless to have four seasons, each with its own beauty. You will remember in Brazil were we lived, there were only two seasons, a dry season and a wet season. They had their own story to tell, too. Have a good week! ! Sending love! !

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    1. Yes, they did! I am looking back at Dad’s photos of Brazil. They are priceless treasures. So glad that he documented this special time in our lives. Welcome to spring and summer. The colour feels so good, doesn’t it.

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  2. I’ve often said my favourite seasons were summer and fall, but spring is quickly catching up for its own magic. One of the things I love about living here near the ocean is seeing the seabirds pairing off to mate each spring. It’s a beautiful thing to witness.

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    1. Last year, in late May, we were in Newfoundland. Remember that trip to the icebergs? What I didn’t mention was that we sailed by Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, which is the largest puffin colony in the western Atlantic – 225,000 pairs. It was an overwhelming moment for that was the first time that I saw puffins. You live in a beautiful place.

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    1. Welcome to June and, and as you said so eloquently, “the unveiling of warmth…” Since the lockdown I have been able to explore our surrounding area and have found treasures that I never knew existed. Here is Vancouver, the early blooms of spring have given way and the roses are starting to come…

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      1. I have been following Sir Patrick Stewart and his reading of Shakespeare’s sonnets these past weeks of lockdown. It has given me a new perspective and appreciation of this form of poetry. You reminded me of Sonnet 54: “The rose looks fair, but fairer we it deem For that sweet odour which doth in it live.’

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  3. A beautiful walk in nature, Rebecca. So tranquil and perfectly calming to the spirit. Observing the wonders of nature contributes to our physical as well as our emotional well being. I so wish we could bottle it and send some to those people who are most in need of calming down.

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    1. I agree wholeheartedly, Sylvia. We are connected to the earth in ways that we really don’t understand. When we neglect self-care we are more likely to experience anxiety. I read that there are antidepressant microbes in the soil so when we dig in our gardens that feeling of happiness that we feel has a scientific basis and a long long long name that I can’t pronounce: Mycrobacterium vaccae. Who knew?!! I didn’t!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  4. Thank you for sharing your Vancouver spring. I enjoyed the video and your reflections on this new season. I took several walks with my husband this weekend and some by myself around the yard just admiring the grass and the flowers and the new garden and the trees.

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    1. Spring brings out a new world, doesn’t it? This year, I especially noticed how the green changes colour when cloud covers the sun. I don’t know why I didn’t notice these changes in the same way before….

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  5. Thank you for that lovely walk, and interesting thoughts!
    Was your walk in Stanley Park?
    You know, we have a Stanley Park in Toronto. LOL.. it’s a 1 acre kids park. However, it has a large sign that boasts “Stanley Park. I think of you every time I walk by it!

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    1. I did not know that you had a Stanley Park in Toronto. This “Stanley” seems to have been everywhere. Stanley Park, Vancouver, was named after Lord Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby, a British politician who had recently been appointed Governor General. And then there is the Stanley Cup, also named after him.

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    1. How very very well said, Mary. We live in a time of complexity and solitude, but we are surrounded by nature and the beauty of our world. I LOVE thunderstorms, especially on the prairies where the horizon goes on forever. Thank you so much for joining me on my walk.

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