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For the Love of Birds

For the Love of Birds

I’m truly amazed to reflect and realize that since we had a seed feeder out for the winter months to help out the local bird life, these birds, from House Finches, Song Sparrows, Chickadees, and Dark Eyed Juncos, have remained in our green space beyond our patio, now raising young. 

I hear so much more bird song all throughout the day as they stay close to the nest, even hearing their babies grow up, especially at feeding time. Even our resident hummingbirds have accepted these birds, allowing the sharing of the patio space to visit at the same time (the male hummers would chase the birds away sometimes!)

This one winter feeder has formed a little community , in turn adding more life (nutrients, seed spreading, flower pollination), today large butterflies have been dancing through the flowering tree tops here even, never seen before. Though our seed feeder is removed once spring comes, as they can source their own food from nature with ease, they still visit our balcony often, a familiar safe haven to hang out at, look for spiders and small bugs to eat, look through my planters for nesting materials, and perch on the railing to sing.

My heart feels so full from having realised this, as they create a symphony of nature sounds, above the traffic noise we hear all the time. So lovely.  Both my boyfriend and I will miss them as we begin our packing to move to a new home. We’ll be leaving a note for the future residents of our unit, to let them know of these lovely feathered neighbours, and how they could support them in our absence.

Remember to reach out to nature, treat them with respect and love, and you shall receive so much more in return. 

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*Photo is of one of our resident male Hummingbirds, when he’s in a curious mood, he hovers around the patio to check out our belongings and looks into our apartment through the patio door.

My Flower Mystery Solved!

My Flower Mystery Solved!

White Bachelor’s Buttons ‘Flore Pleno’ – © Kaishin Chu / Onelushlife Photography

Serendipitous discovery this weekend at my favourite local botanical garden, I discovered the name and type of plant of the flower I fell in love with and took a photo of while staying at this tiny little inn in Iceland 4.5 years ago. Such a happy find! AND, to know that I can grow this here, double joy!
White Bachelor’s Buttons ‘Flore Pleno’, Fair Maids of France, Fair Maids of Kent; Ranunculus Aconitifolius
The inn owner had thought it was a sorrel flower/plant, but I knew it couldn’t be, based on the leaf shape. Mystery now solved 🙂 It’s actually a type of buttercup/crowsfoot, and from the Ranunculaceae Family/Ranunculus genus, I would have never guessed, but now it makes total sense! I love cuttings of popular varieties of Ranunculus or Persian Buttercups, or even the simple wildflower Buttercup – which I didn’t know belonged to the Ranunculus family as well.

Chasing Chickens

Chasing Chickens

I assisted my father as a chicken farmer up until I graduated from college, I started at the 4 or 5 helping out, raising chickens from egg and down to helping to prep them as food. I learned at an early age to understand and appreciate the food we grew and raised, raising them with care and admiration.

My favorite thing was visiting the hens early in the morning and after they laid their eggs, I loved their relaxed chatter. To this day that sound still makes me smile and is a comfort to hear. If only I could share an audio file.

Picture here was taken by me at age 16, my first family of two kinds of chicken I helped to hatch and hand raise.

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It’s good to remember where we come from, and how we’ve grown up  I can also see that photography has grown to be a passion of mine, to share imagery and stories.

 

Red Foxes of San Juan Island – Part 2

Red Foxes of San Juan Island – Part 2

Over this long weekend, new observations were made of the American Red Foxes I’ve been following over on San Juan Island.
 
1. They use multiple dens which were former Cottontail dens, enlarged for their use, and with a “porch” built for shading from the elements.
2. Bella is in fact the same as Mrs. Salty, due to the confirmation of the first point above. She has lost an incredible amounts of weight, due to feeding 7 kits! They are now mostly weened off of milk, some eating more solids then others. The smaller of the two runts (there are two), I’ve named it Smudge, still looks for milk with her, and the two have a closer special bond. I’ve witnessed her scavenging a piece of apple that some tourist dumped (illegally feeding) by the look out point, she brought it back to Smudge to gnaw on, which he/she has yet to figure out biting off a piece of the apple.

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Last Moments with Lady

Last Moments with Lady

An adorable schnauzer with a gentle soul, Lady, needed to go beyond the rainbow bridge in the coming week or two. Her momma wanted to celebrate the life of L, her best friend and fur baby, to reinforce their memorable friendship and love. Lady crossed the rainbow bridge peacefully in her BFF’s arms two weeks later… here are the loving moments they shared with me on a beautiful late afternoon. Continue reading “Last Moments with Lady”

Friday One Card Draw

Friday One Card Draw

So here’s a new Friday morning habit I’d like to make happen for myself and share with readers. For those familiar with insight card decks such as tarot or medicine cards, you’ll be familiar with this. For those unfamiliar, these type of card decks can help to bring awareness and focus on what is going on in our busy lives. I don’t take what’s told from the card as truths or telling what is to come, but as insights to our inner feelings or processes going on in our lives. It facilitates my being present and reflect on my day or week, having an opportunity to have some self recognition for what worked well or didn’t work well, leading to growth.

Today I did my one-card draw and pulled the King of Pentacles. As you can see in the image, keywords are listed, and the little write up that accompanies it (I use learntarot.com to reference Continue reading “Friday One Card Draw”

Porteau Cove – My special place

Porteau Cove – My special place

Porteau Cove love. I’ve spent countless hours here photographing the dusk and night skies… it’s stolen a piece of my wild heart.
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Update to “Who Stands in Your Corner?”

Update to “Who Stands in Your Corner?”

Since I discovered my new found awareness around love and a person’s integrity level, which I accounted for in a post a couple of years ago, I have since found that special someone who loves as I do and has been there for me through both the sunny and dark days, as I have been for him. It’s a wonderful thing. Once you know what is important to you and how you need to be supported, you gain a shifted perspective on what to look for, then go out there and look for it. The better you understand yourself, both strength and weaknesses, the greater your chances are in finding what you seek.

Sending you love and light for your journey in this life.

Darren and Kai

Who Stands in Your Corner?

Update, Jan 31, 2017:

Since I discovered the awareness of what I accounted a couple of years ago, I have since then found that special person who loves as I do and has been there for me when there are dark days, as I have been for him. It’s a wonderful thing. Once you know what is important to you and how you need to be support it, go out there and look for it. The better you understand yourself, the greater your chances in finding what you seek.

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March 3, 2015:

Sometimes gaining new perspective on life hurts like hell.

Having new clarity around the reality that no one, including my mother, didn’t stand up for me when my sister and I were little really sucks. Realising that not even my father, until I called him out on it at age 15, stood up for us. It made me who I am today, for better or worse. I championed for my little sister when I realised our mother didn’t always have my sister’s best interest on hand, or couldn’t, and grew up championing for others because of my needing someone to be in my corner. We all tend to do the things we wish for most with others, humans are wired funny that way.

And in this moment, I really see my for my needing to feel that I have someone in my life who will be in my corner, to be ‘my person.’ That’s where the last major relationship failed, he wasn’t in my corner, especially when I needed it the most, the one thing I needed the most. It made me choose to be even more self reliant, not trusting anyone to champion for me anymore, unless they say they will, and do what they actually say. It represents integrity to me. People that consistently keep their word, and do what they say they will. The struggle to find people that fit the bill has been apparent in Vancouver, where the culture isn’t as I need it to be, esp. when it comes to finding potential other halves; however, I have found the few gems through the masses as friends, and grateful to have them in my life. This is one of the key reasons why it appears to others clearly that I won’t settle for less. I know what I need, and until I’ve found it, I’ll keep looking, hoping that I won’t miss him with my skill for not picking up on cues of interest when it comes to men. 😛

I’m grateful to have gained deeper awareness on this, truly. #personalgrowth

The ‘POW’ and KungFu Girl

The ‘POW’ and KungFu Girl

@benbolliger your gift made me laugh and smile. The ‘POW’ and KungFu Girl wine, and a beloved flower of mine… Amazing. You are one of the most thoughtful people I’ve had the privilege to know, you inspire me. Thank you so much!! So glad to have you as a collaborator with @servicedesignca @innov8collective and as a friend. xo

#gratitude