If not for that…

this.

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.

Saint Francis de Sales

One of the things that I think about is how events shape the course of our lives. Sometimes these events are horrific and the inclination is to wish they’d never happened but I think if not for that… this.

With the passing of time though sometimes we realize that the event was a catalyst setting the stage for something incredible to happen.

I think it’s important to remember this and stay in the moment as much as possible, no matter how difficult the situation. We don’t know what lies just ahead.

Happy heartaversary my love!

Just one…

of her many secrets.

Geologists have a saying – rocks remember.

Neil Armstrong

Lake Pend Oreille…set in a valley carved by glaciers and one of the largest and deepest natural lakes in the Western United States.

Sometimes they talk about who might find the heart rock. Will the rings still be attached? Will they wonder what happened to the couple that once wore those rings?

Ah but the lake is steep and deep; 43 miles long and the fifth deepest in the nation.

She keeps her secrets that lake…

The Moth…

don’t care.

“The Moth don’t care when he sees The Flame.
He might get burned, but he’s in the game.
And once he’s in, he can’t go back, he’ll
Beat his wings ’til he burns them black…
No, The Moth don’t care when he sees The Flame. . .
The Moth don’t care if The Flame is real,
‘Cause Flame and Moth got a sweetheart deal.
And nothing fuels a good flirtation,
Like Need and Anger and Desperation…
No, The Moth don’t care if The Flame is real. . . ”
Aimee Mann

For much of my time as a photographer, other than a series on dying kokanee, I’ve put my lens on beauty which is never in short supply in our natural world.

Lately though I feel compelled to tell a different story.

It’s not pretty but it’s there, right in front of me. and I’m finding it hard to look away.

Will it make me grow as a photographer?

I don’t know but it’s one hell of a story.

The power…

of dreams.

Your dreams are what define your individuality. They have the power to give you wings and make you fly high.

P. V. Sindhu

So true and watching this pelican soaring so gracefully and effortlessly was an excellent reminder of what’s possible.

But then, I look around at my life and I see the importance of dreams and I am reminded of how it began…a leap of faith.

Dare to dream. Start big or start small, just make sure that you start!

Bear…

number 3.

blacj bear brown wildflowers trees

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.

Albert Einstein

On a recent trip to the mountains we had the great pleasure of seeing this guy munching away amongst the wildflowers that infused the meadow with color. The bear’s sense of smell is incredible so although I was a good distance away and using a long lens, he knew I was there.

I love that I have the opportunity to be in the presence of these large apex predators. When steps are taken such as proper food storage while camping in their backyard, everyone is safer, bear included.

For me it’s a thrill to have wildlife appear in a setting that is already filled with beauty. I’ve been at this very place throughout all of the seasons and I’ve never failed to be rapt in awe.

Nature…it’s a beautiful thing.

The amazing power…

of fossils.

A fossil is so powerful. It’s moving. This is my ancestor. The naturalist is moved by the fossil… not the cross.

Greg Graffin

It’s one thing to imagine life that inhabited the earth before our time and quite another to be surrounded by evidence of its existence.

A humbling and moving experience is how I would describe it. I can’t imagine the thrill of actually taking part in discovering evidence of lifeforms that existed 65-230 million years ago.

There’s a fragility about it all.

Kind of puts man in perspective: we truly are but a speck.

Kind of makes me revere nature all the more.

A perfect ending…

to this chapter of the story.

double rainbow in Waterton Lakes National Park Belly River

Like the rainbow after the rain, joy will reveal itself after sorrow.

Rupi Kaur

Divorces are messy and no matter how hard you try to create that pathway to exit with the least amount of collateral damage, it doesn’t happen. Emotions run raw and guilt is the order of the day regardless of whether you were the one who left or the one who was asked to leave.

Moving forward takes a leap of faith and careful navigation through the ensuing storms.

Life is funny though and it turned out that my plan of living a quiet solitary life was not how this story would end. A friendship that began over 35 years ago was rekindled after we both had separated and were in the process of ending long marriages.

The left hand side of the double rainbow in the image above marks the spot that we had chosen the day before, as we wandered through our campsite, to hold our wedding ceremony. Just one of many perfect signs that led to this day.

It wasn’t fancy. It was a small collection of eclectic family and friends and the moments that were shared we will never forget.

The biggest life lesson for me is that you really don’t know the plan for you but if you stay true to yourself you can weather any storm that lies ahead.