You Can’t Stop Spring


“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes,
and the grass grows by itself.”

~ Zen Proverb

It May be Late in Coming…

But come, it always does. Spring in Calgary arrives later than it does in most other parts of the world. And this year, Spring overslept, waking up much later than usual. But one thing is certain: She always wakes up. No matter how long or how cold the winter, Spring always comes.

Balm for the Soul

Few things are more uplifting than a walk in the park on a warm spring, blue-sky day. For me, it’s pure balm for the soul. I love that, even in a city park, I never know when I will come across something extraordinarily beautiful. Or see something common in an extraordinarily beautiful way. Strolling outdoors, breathing in the fragrant air, basking in dappled sunlight, surrounded by trees, countless blades of new green grass, sprays of delicate pink blossoms, cute yellow waddling fuzz balls, and new growth and life popping up everywhere—it’s one of the best tune-ups ever.

A walk in nature has an amazing ability to dissolve worry and take our focus off nagging concerns by shifting our focus towards beauty, the promise of new life and serendipitous surprises.

A Stroll in Prince’s Island Park


7812gh 1233bg1 “When spring came, even the false spring,
there were no problems except where to be happiest.”

~ Ernest Hemingway

12778 “Green was the silence, wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly.”

~ Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

12889cThis morning, we were treated to a rare sighting of a pair of American Wigeons at the far end of Prince’s Island Park, our favourite part of the park, purposely left wild and undeveloped. We’ve seen photos of these wigeons before, but this was our first live sighting. These wild ducks are usually found in marshlands outside of the city, so it was a treat indeed to see them in a city park, right here in the middle of downtown Calgary.


  “The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass,
it becomes a mysterious, awesome,
indescribably magnificent world in itself.”

~Henry Miller

12aasdJust as we were leaving the far end of the park, a female Common Merganser came silently streaming by, her fun spikey hairdo silhouetted by the morning light, as magical crystal droplets of light danced all around her.

M16There was so much beauty to take in everywhere we turned. Don’t you just love it when that happens? We left the park soaring…


Image Credits:

All photographs by madlyinlovewithlife
© 2014 madlyinlovewithlife

11 thoughts on “You Can’t Stop Spring

  1. Oh, be still my heart! These are absolutely stunning :-D <3 :-D <3
    The little ducky (gosling?) tottering along, trying to keep up with his/her siblings melted my heart. I've never been to Canada, but I'm glad to see some views of this country (and your city) through your camera.

    I agree that even in a city park we can come across something so beautiful and take our minds off 'daily problems' for a while. Last night, when my husband and I went for our daily jog at the park, we came across turtles and frogs. It was great!

    • Thank you so much for your very kind comment, Takami. The photos of the yellow “fuzz balls” are all Canada Geese goslings. I have never been to Japan but, like you, I also love seeing that part of the world through your lens. Thank you once again. :)))

  2. Fantastic series Jeannie..Spring is my favorite season..I just wish it wasn’t such a crazy busy time of year! Hope your having a great week thus far…Take care my friend….Sam..

  3. You have such the talent to describe your feelings and emotions, Jeannie… a definite and cherished ability. And your “duckie” pictures were so sharp and superbly framed… and frankly, I was expecting to see a picture of some wild creature eating out of the palm of your hand. :-)

    • Ha..ha! I do love all creatures so much, and nothing delights me more than when one of them wants to connect more closely with me. Stay tuned, for I do have a little story about some ducklings that I shall be posting in a bit. Thank you so much for your gracious comments, Koji, my friend, it’s always a pleasure to have you come by. :))

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