Happy Thanksgiving!

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I am thankful for the beauty I see in life all around me, everyday. I am thankful for a family and friends to share this beauty with. I am thankful that my family and friends bring beauty to my world. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Students' Union Building

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The beggining of Fall outside SUB on the U of A Campus…

Prophecy via Berries?

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Today I learned that farmers use the volume of berries these trees produce each year as an indicator of the coming winter. The coming winter is supposed to be mild…  we shall see!

Blue Eyes Staring at Me...

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Zoe and her blue blue eyes. I think this is the look of a cat trying with all her might to use her psychic powers to convince me to bring her salmon. It is the look of determination.

Edmonton at Night

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Can’t figure out why this looks way nicer in photoshop than on my computer screen. Frustrated.

Shine On Harvest Moon

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The Harvest Moon over Edmonton, Alberta, on September 22, 2010 (the Autumnal Equinox). Duncan and I went downtown by the Louise McKinney Riverfront Park to watch it rise as the sun went down. It was lovely, but I suspect the next day it was more orange (we were sadly inside the next evening at the allotted time so Ièll never know). This picture was taken about 45 mins or so after moonrise.

He tells me life is great with the world's loudest purr

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Taking A Leap...

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When the frog jumps into your life it may indicate now is a time to find opportunities in transition.

The symbolism of transition attributted to frog must come from its unique growth cycle in which frog undergoes several incredible transformations to reach adulthood and our fascination with that process.

Frogs are found all over the world in many shapes and sizes and they have long held our imagination. The Celts believed frog had curative powers because of its connection with water. Europeans viewed the frog’s three stages of development (egg, tadpole, amphibian) as symbolism of the resurrection and the holy trinity. In China, Feng Shui practices recommend putting an image of a Frog in the east window of your home, for good luck and a happy life. In ancient Asian burials it was custom to place a jade frog in the mouth of the deceased to insure a safe journey into the spirit world. In Japane travelers carry a small frog amulet with them to ensure a safe return home. Egyptian, Greek and Roman mythology surrounding the frog is all about fertility and new life - the birthing of something new.

In native teachings, Frog medicine teaches of new life and harmony in that life. Frog helps you to find peace in the joy of taking the time to give yourself peace. A part of this is to get rid of any person, place or thing that does not contribute to your new state of serenity and replenishment. Frog medicine brings cleansing.

For me, frogs have always been a kind of kin creature - I am a water baby (born under the sign of Pisces, born beside the ocean, at peace anywhere near the water) -  and their dual time spent both on land and in water represents the duality I see (and sometimes struggle with) in my life. I am always going in two different directions (hence my fish swimming in two opposite directions) and there are always two clearly distinct choices I am attracted too for everything. It is when I do not honour those choices by at least carefully considering each ones validity, that I land up in the problem areas of life.

Frogs leap into my hand (and life) is a continuing message for me this year. 2010 really has been about the lessons of transformation, opportunity, risk and transition.

Beaver Lumber

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This Beaver Lodge is easily spotted from the roadway just after entering Elk Island National Park. It is the only place I have ever seen beavers. When I was here for a quick visit in the spring of this year (sadly forgot to bring my camera that time) we stopped here and watched the Beavers fixing up their lodge (an assumption on my part but likely a well educated guess). This appeared to involve them diving down to bring up an armful of mud and pck it down somewhere on the Lodge. I am assuming, again, that they knew what they were doing (there seemed to be a method to their madness). 

I was watching this younger Beaver. He seemed to be concentrating on his task with great focus. I watched as he carefully lifted himself and his armload of mud our of the water and started slowly edging up the lodge backwards. When he was three quarter’s of the way up he slipped, dropped his perfect ball of mud and watched in disbelief as it sank into the water. Then his shoulders slumped and he hung his head dejected… just for a few seconds and then he was off again to get more mud. Poor little guy, it’s hard when your smaller!

The importance of the Beaver in the development of Canada through the fur trade led to its designation as the national animal. Depicted on the Canadian five cent piece and the first Canadian picture postage stamp issued in 1849. As a national symbol, the beaver was chosen to be the mascot of the 1976 Summer Olympics held in Montreal with the name “Amik” (“beaver” in Ojibwe). The beaver is also the symbol of many units and organizations within the Canadian Forces, such as on the cap badges of the Royal 22e Régiment and the Canadian Military Engineers. Toronto Police Services, London Police Service, Canadian Pacific Railway Police Service and Canadian Pacific Railway crest bears the beaver on their crest or coat of arms.

Welcoming the Fall

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Well, Fall is now officially upon us and I have to admit it has grown on me a bit. I do love the deep reds and yellows of this season. I am hoping for some sunshine in the next couple of days to get out with the camera and capture some fall colouring.