Three Stops for Enchantment

So, I am driving along looking for a 2 hour free parking spot down town. This requires a lot of quick focus if you are alone. But something caught my eye.
Do I continue on with my parking drama? or do I stop for a better look?
I stop
IMG_0148because I need a closer look at this.
IMG_0147Clearly it is a fairy house, you can see her resting over to the left near her fire truck and her silver car. See her pink wings? Such a tidy little home she has.
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So, I am walking along my sometimes usual path to shop for supper when I notice this ~
IMG_0149I’ve seen this tree trunk many many times, but this time I saw it … upside down
IMG_0149-and I could see exactly what was missing
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So, I am walking along a city block looking at all the amazing magnolia blossoms that are  getting really serious about the coming Spring
and I wonder
IMG_0179will this bird be back?

Pineapple Express

This is what Vancouver looks like in the rain…
Pots of flowering umbrellas by the doorway of every shop
IMG_9887Leaves and houses go all Bright & Shiny
and all the colours go deeper, clearer

IMG_9890 IMG_9891then, Suddenly, it can go all foggy and blurry

IMG_9892and of course there are Puddles …
you can feel like a grown up and avoid them
or not

a little moment

It all happened so fast

The sun was in the right place, it was the right season, it was a clear morning

and an open curtain,  it was the right placement of the bowl …

IMG_8399IMG_8398IMG_8400IMG_8401IMG_8402IMG_8403IMG_8404and I was lucky enough to witness this little light show

IMG_8405~ the end ~

I see 5

The saddest first.

This stopped me in my tracks as I was walking over to a weekend farmer’s market.

IMG_7952a thousand fallen cranesIMG_7955IMG_7960a tree eye ~ lizard and elephant like ~ Looking right at me

IMG_7957morning dew

IMG_7956a great idea ~ lace graffiti

IMG_7961and who can’t fall in love with this sad spider

[chalk on concrete wall at the Trout Lake community centre]


Nine Little Stories

Little Story One

IMG_5991Why do we keep pulling up these masterpieces?

Little Story Two

pink blooming Acacia P1050834 P1050824 P1050823This is a Mimosa Tree. So sensitive that when you touch its leaves, they fold inward …

until they get to know your touch.

Is there anything more beautiful?

Little Story Three

IMG_7622This little painted bird is painted on an carefully chosen antique dictionary page

by Veronica Roth

Look closely, you can see the text through it’s heart.

Little Story Four

IMG_6876My friend who took in a rescue dog from Mexico a few years ago and Loves all animals, bought 3 of my porcelain Elephants. The little one in the middle is a rescue elephant, it can hardly stand up by itself. I can not sell it or gift it because of this. It needs to lean on another elephant for support. It went to her home, a good home and is happy and well cared for there as you can clearly see. This family of 4 was meant to be ~

Little Story Five

IMG_7620There was a strange halo around the sun yesterday

I felt like I was in a science fiction novel

Little Story Six

IMG_7597This was at my door the other morning

I would like a calling card like that ~

Little Story Seven

IMG_7623I used to get in trouble over and over and over again for drawing on my wall paper.

I would have liked to live where she lives.

Little and Last Story Nine

IMG_5993Don’t we All need hope?

A little Spring walk

It’s been pretty crazy around here in the Spring Flowering Department. Here in Vancouver Spring just goes on and on … maybe even until late June. Folks in the East really do deserve to get their summer in the blink of an eye, especially this year with their freezing vortex and all. I hear it can go from 20 below to 20 (Celsius) above in one day. Here? Our Summer is very shy and Spring is almost a bully when it comes to sharing time. So although our winter is relatively short and mild, in the guise of giving us a spectacular Spring, summer is still far away for us.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining

at all!

because of this ~















IMG_6670See what I mean?

It’s just goes on and on and on

How much Bliss Shivers can a girl take!??!

Living Sculpture

I was at The Vogue Knit Live conference in Seattle last weekend and came upon this living moving knitted art sculpture. I was so intrigued. It reminded me of Tai Chi Push Hands. I found myself coaching them with their binds and releases in  my mind as they move so sensitively in tandem. They responded so subtly to each others slightest movement. Sometimes their give-and-take created a big knot between them slowly tangling themselves up, then they would  slowly slowly untangled themselves like in a kind of living puzzle.

~ Slow down and watch this little slide show ~

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the hands and mind behind this work is fiber and performance artist ~ Antonia Price from Seattle

Sister Eagle

There is a quiet place hidden behind the Gulf Island ferry terminal cafe where I play the tai chi 108 form while I wait for the ferry to arrive to take me home. It was just after the snowstorm so I wearing a knee length black puffy parka, but no hat. It was especially calm in the early morning as I slowly moved through the form. I am as involved in exploring each movement and transition (is there a distinction?) as I am watching the day begin over the water. I’m taking it all in. Sea gulls glide by over head on their important business, sparrows call and hop around in the bushes, and cormorants gather on the terminal pilings, all to the constant rhythm of waves. But here’s the thing, on enough occasions to inspire me to even write about this, something unusual has been happening.

A short while into the form, I notice a big beautiful eagle landing and perching on the ferry dock pylon, not too close but not too far either. I am struck by its powerful presence in it’s silence. I always think that it might have come to see what this human is doing as I move slowly, rocking forward and back, opening and closing. It’s got to be different behavior then the usual human fare. I know my tai chi has stopped many a deer in their tracks and I get the ‘stare’ as if they are saying “What the dickens is she doing?!” The eagle and I watch each other for a long time. I’m coming up to Fair Maiden Works the Shuttles and this eagle hasn’t flown away. The third Wave Hands like Clouds and the eagle is still there. When I finish the form and step out of my practice I was wishing I hadn’t left my camera in the car. I really wanted to photograph this eagle since, in my mind anyway, we had shared a moment together. I was all Wow about it. But … I was also aware that this eagle more than likely has an early morning routine that has nothing to do with me and that I have a tendency to want things to connect and have meaning. I believe they do but probably not always on my terms. Life is full of wild … wilderness.

I raised my gathered hands in a hard and soft tai chi salute to thank that eagle and time/space and left my special area to go to the other side where I could still see the eagle. It hadn’t left when I did ….. (oh the ego). But for some reason I couldn’t let go of the connection I felt and then … it dawned on me …..

and it myself laugh

In your mind’s eye, imagine this (remember I left my camera in the car). Me, standing near the railing by the water in my long puffy black parka and my white white hair, watching the eagle. Now look at the eagle. It’s long dark body, and white white head. Yes! I probably was looking like a very large eagle! HA! It was like I had dressed up in an eagle costume! So maybe that regal eagle was thinking …’What the….?! Humans never cease to amaze, and what’s with that odd moving all around going nowhere too!’

or maybe it was intrigued

or not

but I certainly was

~ and I felt related ~

Canada’s Ice Cap seen from a weather baloon

Arctic Icebergs breaking up IMG_4980Whale breathing holesIMG_4981whale breathing hole enlarging

IMG_4982Chipped paint exposing Rust on the outside deck of BC Ferry Queen of Nanaimo

Textures and Text

A Few Things that Caught my Eye

These are some things that caught my eye this week while I was out and about..

20130908-111647.jpgFall colors are coming! I was out on a walk near the shore with my friend and we came upon this little opening in the woods. All the colours were So Vivid but this green on this moss was just off the charts!

And who isn’t completely charmed when you encounter a little leaf just hovering in mid air, like magic … Can you see it? It’s that very green leaf in the middle of the rust coloured cedar foliage, It is really just dangling right in front of me, swaying in the breeze.  Sure, we know the mechanics of it, that it has been caught on a fine spider strand but the chances of that strand catching that little leaf as it floated by ….. Pretty slim I’d say. Pretty magic, even in the scientific department..

And then there are the endless circles around this city, all sizes and colours. They do catch my eye and I think they are just so … Neat! This blue one reminded me of the Chinese IChing hexagram: In tai chi, we refer to it as Peng meaning Ward Off. It is one of the most basic energies, many others follow from Peng.

And for something completely different ~ As my daughter and I were knitting at a picnic table, she looked down and saw this Dragon at our feet!
See? You just never know what you’ll encounter around the next corner.



Maple Wings

All these maple wings were standing upright in the grass beneath a maple tree. Just seeing them as they were was visually splendid enough, but I could imagine a lovely geometric mandala here. I made this on top of a low stone wall. I don’t think anyone will see it but no matter, it’s there.