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Dusk Falls, Chesterman Beach, Tofino, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada No Safer Place - In the falling dusk With the tide well out I feel secure In the tungsten warmth Crackling firelight Plays off the walls Which shiver and creak When the storm gusts come
Storm Season Sunset, Chesterman Beach, Tofino, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada Race the Sky - I stand On the exposed bar of sand Close my eyes And listen For the wind And the waves And the shutter click Counting out the seconds One by one by one by one
Isolation, Chesterman Beach, Tofino, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada Isolation ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #114 - Alone I walk out Onto the expanse Of rippled sand The clouds Turn and tumble above In grandiose parade Across the azure sky With every step I feel a little smaller A lone figure Isolated on an expanding horizon
Nicki's Dog, Chesterman Beach, Tofino, British Columbia, Canada Art and Life - Sometimes A moment Comes together Unplanned Unforeseen Unforeseeable Sometimes The magic Simply arises
Beyond Horizon's Edge, Amphitrite Lighthouse, Wild Pacific Trail, Ucluelet, British Columbia Canada Beyond the Edge - She came here, beyond the edge, because she was beyond the edge. Here, she could look straight into the tumult, because it was not her tumult, not her upheavals, not her crashing into the walls. It was not her tragedies.
Storm Season, Cygnet Cove, Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada Storm Season - It was dismal grey and a little rainy when I left home, bound for the ferry terminal. A promising start.
Sun and Smoke, Saskatchewan Crossing, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Smoke ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #113 - h my! The sun! The sun This brilliant sun! Such hopeful sight Is breaking through The smoky sky Now blue above And gold below Backlit, the tone Of tungsten haze Then, lower, emerald Of the trees These, gratefully Have not (yet) burned
Sink Lake, Yoho National Park, Trans Canada Highway, British Columbia, Canada Capturing the Finite in Infinity - A shallow lake A rippled mirror The forest slumbers On its bed of rock With cloudy blanket And I Might have driven by Then this moment lost To the forever Of infinite unconscious
Valley of Clouds, Rocky Mountains, Trans Canada Highway, British Columbia, Canada The Narrowing Road - The path I travel Narrows in The valley steepens Clouds draw low The road unmapped The way obscured But there is no small beauty here
Silken Veil, Rocky Mountains, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Silken Veil - Oh, clouds! Insistent weather brings To harry mountains Obscure the scene I travelled far Intent to see But...
Molten Sky, Rocky Mountains, Trans Canada Highway, British Columbia, Canada Molten Sky - This molten sky Enveloping Sweet nature's towers With cloudy flames Of fiery grey Which leap and dance Yet leave no mark But for the rain Which splatters me And like those fires Burning orange hot Renews the life On mountainsides Then when it's past This monochrome Reveal the sun To cast its light upon The verdant slopes With cotton peaks
Banff Clouds, Banff Alpine Centre Youth Hostel, Banff National Park, Banff, Alberta, Canada Wind - The wind It shakes me up It shakes me down I've been standing In the still air Far too long I need To get Ruffled
moon and road, Lakelands, Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada Still not Still - A high country road I stop beside a lake Find a place which centers the moon Wait for the headlights on the shore Click open Wait (tick tick tick) Twenty seconds wait Click closed Repeat
Flood of Truth, Chesterman Beach, Tofino, British Columbia, Canada Flood of Truth - It was an open secret Yearning for its time To become an open truth When time came The truth was a flood Which swept the world clean
Maligne Lake, Queen Elyzabeth Ranges, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Repose ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #112 - I paddle on the water, rippley The lake upon my shoulders, heavy This effort bringing me repose When following where nature goes
Squirrel, Athabasca Glacier Valley, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Squirrel - Sometimes, like a child, I Squint my eyes To blur the world A greener green And crimson reds To another realm go I There I see Some small creature stand Up on hind legs With flicking tail It looks at me And chirps a bit
Gold, Rock, Athabasca Glacier, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Gold ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #111 - The light runs through the black I remind myself of that There's gold within the rock Riches to be found in the hardest of times
Snowline, Scored Granite, Athabasca Glacier, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada The light in the depths - My toes in the water So still They cast no ripple Even as the milfoil sways Gently tickling my skin My shadow on the pond Consumed by the canopy of trees Ringed by the light blue sky The reflections smooth and steady Upon a surface of euclidian perfection
Forest of Luminous Trees, Etched Granite, Athabasca Glacier, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada copy Bringing Home - Night falls On the Forest of Luminous Trees The tungsten fireflies flit Like comets In a Milky Way sky
Sunset Silhouette, Athabasca Glacier, Rocky Mountains, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada-Edit copy Rock ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #110 - The paradox Of permanence Which seems rock Imagined by this fleeting "I" Whose spirit knows A moment in eternity As an eternal moment
Courage, A-Maze-ing Laughter, Yue Minjun, West End, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Courage (for Gordon Downie) - We lost a good one this week in Canada, Gordon Downie, frontman, lyricist, songwriter for The Tragically Hip, a Canadian rock powerhouse.
The I of Clarity, Ming Sha Shan, The Mountains of Singing Sands, Dunhuang, Gansu Province, China The Uncluttered I - I miss the desert Its clarity Its stillness Its silent challenge I miss the uncluttered I Who standing alone In an expanse of sand
Pyramid Mountain, Rocky Mountains, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Steadfast ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #109 - n this great rock Am I reminded In steadfastness Still may I rise
Feeding Awe, Whistlers Mountain, Jasper Skytram, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Feeding My Awe - I am truly happy Only when seeking the wonder of existence Even the smallest Only when feeding My sense of awe In which I become Infinite
Whistlers Mountain, Jasper Skytram, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Giants ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #108 - In this hard-scrabble place Where little life lives I walk amongst the lichen and scrub Like a giant On giant's shoulders All my world Its worries and attachments Lie far, far below
Wilcox Pass Trail, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Beauty is Beauty - I explore I break trails Find my way Through unknown lands To destinations yet Undiscovered Unreconnoitered Unexpected This is what I live for Finding a new path To a beautiful place Rarely visited before
Tumult, Athabasca Falls, Athabasca River, Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Tumult ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #107 - Like the water Calm as a lake With not so much As a breezy ripple So am I Let the world Fall away Lose my ground And a mighty tumult Become I
Rockies in the Clouds, Rocky Mountains, Trans Canada Highway, British Columbia, Canada Mystery - Clouded Occluded Mysteries Appeal to me And I am never sure Which outcome I prefer A mystery revealed Or mystery secure
Signs, Fibreco Exports Inc., North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Query or Attainment? - I heed the signs Those which speak clearly With authority Of course But I am drawn Inexorably To those of mystery Promising adventure Challenge And discovery....
The Beauty in What Is, Fibreco Export Inc., North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada The Beauty in What Is - I remind myself Find the beauty in what is Rather than what I desire I will always have the beauty of the one The other is, at best, only fleeting If it ever comes to exist at all
Countdown, Fibreco Export Inc., North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Numbers ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #106 - I sometimes count The empty days of my Spiritual slumber But as I look back Tallying the events Of my awakening Each day is filled With the struggle For the light
No Entry, Fibreco Export Inc., North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada No Entry - No entry No exit Not this way Nor that No where No how Nein No Nyet I have never Accomplished anything When listening To that particular voice
Hope Slide, Nicolum Valley, Cascade Mountains, British Columbia, Canada What it seems - All I know is myth Particular things I create by naming In lands appearing Before my eyes Where nothing is Just what it seems Since what it seems Is in my mind
The Grey Between - In the black that's without white Only the grey between I find my way seeking light Though nothing bright here can be seen With no colour No hint of saturation Only tone and faintest texture Detail limited to imagination
Sunburst Above the Smoke, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada The Lowest Road - This road Between The peaks It cleaves The valley floor But I Would climb Into the sky If I Could find A path To take me there
Ribbon of Highway, Okanagan Highway 97, From Oyama Lake Road, Lake Country,, British Columbia, Canada Presence - Sometimes I like to turn the radio off Let the silence fall upon the car Let the experience of driving Transcend the noise Otherwise in the background
White Pyramid & Waterfowl Lakes, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Veil ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #105 - Difficult it is To remember beauty Especially my own When the veil of anger Occludes my vision Shrouds my being
Cacophony, Rocky Mountains, Trans Canada Highway, British Columbia, Canada Cacophony - In the cacophonous mingling Of mountain and sky My eye finds no place to rest No one object to hold it So it is free
Angry Clouds, Banff National Park, Trans Canada Highway, Alberta, Canada Anger Clouds - Anger never served me But for its reminder That my thinking was clouded And truth obscured By slavery To emotion
Magic Castle, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Magic Castle - This golden hour This magic light Reminds me of My brightest days Times when I Could do no wrong Creative might Insightful mind
Narrow Corridor, Bow Valley Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Beautiful Corridor - Confined by valleys Trees and roads Through narrow corridors Can I roam But all so beautiful I can't bemoan The choices few My path can go
Ice and Rock, Banff National Park, Trans Canada Highway, Alberta, Canada Ice ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #104 - Like ice It trailed From the nape Of my neck Down my Straight hard spine The chill In my thoughts While the truth Sank in And the world Came apart
Making Home - It was a world not my own With its weak red star And its amber sky The always cloud And the never rain But we'd brought our seeds Planted our trees Spread our grasses Harvested the carbon To surface the roads To refine the fuel To run our cars
Valley of Discontent - In this valley of discontent Light falls in but cannot escape So I climb to highest ridge Carrying unsubtle hope Else bathe below in light's deceit
Contemplating Turmoil, Nairn Falls Provincial Park, Pemberton, British Columbia, Canada Contemplation ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #103 - Contemplating the turmoil Roiling in my head I notice a point Centre of the storm Centre of my being Around which all The turbulence pivots There's calm there I fight my way toward it Seeking the source of such peace But bucked and buffeted By the tumult I make no headway In the intensifying storm
Black Kite Over Red Fort, Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, New Delhi, India The Space Between - The space between The light and dark Is sometimes just A narrow gap And in this lies A beauty common Where truth is told In high relief
Clear Skies and Clouds, Canmore, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Moments of Discovery - I'm no hero Reluctant or foretold No beacon of goodness I'm no brave soul Blazing a path of wisdom For others to follow Such youthful fantasy
Impenetrable Light, Langley, British Columbia, Canada copy Dreamers - I ponder All that is All that never was All that could be All that never will Thinkers explore Every possibility And dreamers Every impossibility
Wildfire Sunset, Approaching Golden, Trans Canada Highway, British Columbia, Canada Nature’s World - Oh have I travelled Far from home To other worlds Beyond imagination But never left My own backyard Nor taxed my powers Of creation Just let nature Run its course Leave her to Her machinations
Alpine Daisy Aster, Buller Mountain Day Use area, Spray Valley Provincial Park, Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada Just my thoughts and my eye - In dappled sun Breezes ruffle Pastel petals Stems buck and sway Camera and I lying In long grass Ants trundling On thighs and calves While dragonflies Hover and dart Seeking mosquitoes And deer flies
Striata in the Smoke, Rocky Mountains, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada A Billion Years of History - Tempting it is To call this landscape Barren No life No green No creatures Scurrying Or so it seems But apparent are Rich textures of rock And a billion years Of history Before a human Ever walked
Cascade, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Mighty & Humble - In this land Of such immensity Even the mighty Know humility
Star and Space and Earth and Fire, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada A Helical Spiral of Indeterminate Tense - The sun is just a star We chose to father us The moon, our mother Illuminates the night And whispers lullabies To soothe us When the darkness Frightens us The Earth Our home Bedrock beneath Space above But solid ground Spins us round Cycles of life Always turning
Mystery Envelopes Me, Cloudy Day, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Shrouded - Sometimes I prefer Mystery Envelopes me In this shroud Of anonymity I allow The self is free To explore Deepest edge Furthest field Darkest path So I may Emerge again Into light Lit within
Rocky Mountain Starburst, Athabasca Glacier, From Wilcox Pass Trail, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Stars ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #102 - Aided by Small aperture In this starburst Am I reminded The sun is just a star In blackness infinite Speckled with Uncounted stars
Sunset from Whistlers Mountain, Jasper Skytram, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Hurdles - With every sunset I am reminded There will always be Another hurdle And another opportunity To clear one
The Colour Fading, Eastside Road, Okanagan Lake, Vernon, British Columbia, Canada The Sails Long Furled - In the calm In the calm In the gentle calm With the sun now gone And the colour fading I trace the line In reflecting mind From a day long past One last empty kiss Ends a love at rest
Silvery Moons, Lakelands Region, Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada Do Good - I do not need To be whole To do good I do need To be good To be whole
Infinite Shades of Grey, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada copy Infinite Grey - I'm not sure Whether I'm alone now Because I'm tired of getting hurt Or I'm tired of hurting others Somewhere I lost track Maybe it's both
Rainbow in the Maelstrom, Athabasca Falls, Athabasca River, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Lightworker - In the turmoil of fragmentation As what was once whole Fractures and atomizes I am startled to discover Running through the center Of this formidable chaos A rainbow
Rainbow in the Spray, Athabasca Falls, Athabasca River, Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada II Rainbows ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #101 - Sometimes Even the appearance of a rainbow Cannot dispel the darkness So I plumb the darkness Seeking the rainbow within
Mountain and Clouds, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada The Fog of Pain - I remind myself That the pain is just a fog Cloaking the mountain The wind, soon enough Will blow the fog away And there will be I, the mountain
Smoke Valley, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada What the Veil Reveals - I want to know the world With the clarity and vibrance Of a postcard But that is not the world
Cairns, Athabasca Glacier, Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Mortality ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #100 - Grey. Smoky. The smell of a campfire. But the nearest fire set a hundred thousand trees alight, a hundred or more kilometers away. I wonder, was that one lightning? A cigarette? A carelessly managed fire?
Strange Imaginings, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Strange Imaginings - Sometimes I wonder If I know this planet At all Of course I often manage To imagine something Stranger still
Upturned Sea Bed, Maligne Canyon, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Dreaming the Land into Being - As time became time In Ancestor's dreaming The void became sound The sound became song The Ancestors sang The world into being
Flowers for the Trees II, Maligne Canyon, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Seeing the Flowers - Sometimes It is the flowers I fail to see For the trees
Impending Rockies, Bow Valley Trail, Alberta, Canada The Rockies - They rise Like a Wall The Rockies Towering Above the land Which for a thousand miles Has known only sky And a horizon Beyond infinity
Storm Mountain, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Shadows in the Sky - Shadows in the sky Where the sun And the clouds And the smoke Interplay Where the river And the rails Run in parallel Display
Sunset II, Revelstoke Lake, Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada copy Levels ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #99 - Levels deep Path obscured Proceeding On faith Alone Well Faith And experience There is Always A path
Embers in the Sky, Twilight, Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada Embers in the Sky - Embers in the sky Fueled by the smoke Of distant fire Ignited by a dying sun
Ian and Josephine, beautiful sounds, North Vancouver, In the flow - Heart, mind, body and soul Four independent currents Perhaps enlightenment is the condition when all four flow together as one
Pastel Twilight, Okanagan Lake, Vernon, British Columbia, Canada Beauty and the Breath - Vibrant Violent Fire Consumes Valleys Distant Choking Smoke Creates Pastel Twilight Artistry Calm Lake Okanagan
Old Man at Station, New Delhi to Agra Express Train, Uttar Pradesh, India Fleeting ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #98 - The express train rumbles through town after town station after station Fleeting moments
Ganges Current, Laxman Jhula Bridge, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Current ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #97 - With Against Over Bypass All the ways I've learned To make my way in life Unconsciously, they become habit Forgetting the current running through it all
Suspended Monolith Monolithic Demagogue - Monolith Monumental Immense Magnficent Formidable Immovable Immutable Rooted, gravitas
Twilight Encroaching, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, Lions Bay, British Columbia, Canada Magic Hours - Where land and sky And sea and sun meet There the magic light Comes twice daily Glorious hours Connect me To all In grace
Tantalus Sunset, Tantalus Lookout, Sea to Sky Highway, Squamish, British Columbia, Canada I, not this I - A different Tantalus Every time I visit Just like Everything else No thing No one No place No moment No emotion No insight Is ever the same One moment To the next
Gambier, Bowyer, Bowen and Horseshoe Bay, Howe Sound Sunset, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada Bowyer, Bowen and Gambier - Light and soft My mood My spirit Charmed by the pastel sunset Playing over The gently rippled Sound
Mountain High to City Lights, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, near Lions Bay, British Columbia, Canada City Light Homecoming - Driving down From my mountain high Headlights Tail lights Darkening sky On the Sound A sheen of cobalt and amber Twilight Cloud light The last burning ember
Waiting, Bicycle Rickshaw Line, Lajpat Nagar Metro Station, New Delhi, India Maelstrom ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #96 - Amid The maelstrom Of life Which is India They wait
Queen of Surrey, Howe Sound, British Columbia, Canada Underway - Nothing quite calms me like The mountains And the sea Beneath azure skies Underway Destination of no concern
Sunset, Strait of Georgia, Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada Nary a Care - A rocky beach A cloud strewn sky A becalmed sea And the last Glimmering Rays Of a sun Leaving the day And I Reflecting Alone In my thoughts With nary A care But for the beauty Of it all
Moonrise Sunset, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, United States of America On the other side, this side is the other side. - I like to cross bridges Thinking of the dreams To be fulfilled On the other side Sometimes, while crossing I remember There are dreams to be fulfilled On both sides
Bell on Trayambakeshwar Temple, Overlooking Laxman Jhula and Ganges River, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Creativity ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #95 - I love being in a place Where creativity thrives Where paint and passion Offer more vibrance and colour Than nature's grandest sunsets
Troubled Bridge, Laxman Jhula Bridge, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India Like a troubled bridge - Sometimes It is not the water Which troubles me But the bridge
Anticipation, Queen of Surrey, Horseshoe Bay, British Columbia, Canada Anticipation - Held fast In anticipation Of departure Imminent Not clinging Preparing To leap
Twilight Pier Twilight Transformation - It is a simple pier On a rocky beach The large stones worn smooth By the rhythm of tides And uncountable waves Not a beach For laying out towels Basking in the sun Building castles In daylight Pretty enough As I drive by
Moment of Repose, Davis Bay Pier, Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada Repose ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #94 - A moment of repose Beneath obscured half moon In late twilight Between The day behind The day ahead When time Is all My own A quiet Internal Revel In the beauty Of it All
Tenacity No Stony End - Young conifer Which set down roots Some few years ago They're now exposed By desert rains And so it seems To cling to Earth While off beyond The hoodoos laugh At upstart pine
Rollling Hills, The Mereenie Loop, Near Gosse Bluff, Northern Territory, Australia Rolling Hills - I roll Into land Which swallows me Whole I mind Not a bit Becoming one With it all Just me And the land And the dance Of the road
Gosse Bluff, from the Mereenie Loop, Northern Territory, Australia Wheels - All I really need Are wheels And the fuel To keep them rolling
Bowyer Island Sunset, Howe Sound, From Sea to Sky Highway, Horseshoe Bay, British Columbia, Canada Twilight ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #93 - When the sun has left the sky Impending night encroaching On the very edge of dusk Colours of refraction Upon the sea reflected I draw a breath Feel the cool Know the day Is past
Angie Get Your Gun II, On location for Motive, Season III, Public Storage, Terminal Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Commitment - I commit Moment to moment Day to day With every step With every breath With every thought Unconscious Inconsequential Commitment
Transient Magic, Howe Sound Sunset, Bowen Island viewed from Horseshoe Bay, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada Transient Magic - Transient Light Magic Light
Buddha Subduing Mara, Wat Shri Chum, Sukhothai, Thailand Transient Space - Transient space between Fingertip and existence Connection Transition Evil subdued Peaceful detachment
Desert Sunset, Mojave Desert, Route 66, California, United States of America Relief - Curious it seems To experience Relief so profound Exposed to climate So unforgiving Among the desert's Many victims: My haughty ego And petty worries Matters unworthy Of a life Worth living
Ghostly Rickshaw, Lajpat Nagar Metro Station, New Delhi, India Ghosts ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #92 - I carry a haul of ghosts Along the paths I travel Some recorded, for all time And others a shadow memory Each a fleeting moment Seen in the context Of another realm And none too clearly What they are Where they are Who they are
On the road to Hami, from Liuyuan, Gansu -- Xinjiang, The Peoples Republic of China Somewhere on the Way Through Nowhere - These roads through nowhere Always find somewhere Along the way Because somewhere Is always a state of mind And my mind is always somewhere
Graffiti, Bon's Off Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada I Create - I create Layer upon layer Expression upon expression The new obscures the old The old shines through the new A temporal collage Of overlapping Insights, expressions, realizations Hoping, in the end The sum of it all Creates some enduring meaning