“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
“When spring came, even the false spring,
there were no problems except where to be happiest.”
~ Ernest Hemingway
“Green was the silence, wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly.”
~ Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets
This 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.”
Just 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.
There was so much beauty to take in everywhere we turned. Don’t you just love it when that happens? We left the park soaring…
All photographs by madlyinlovewithlife
© 2014 madlyinlovewithlife