City of Waterfalls – Hamilton

This was my first waterfall experience in Hamilton and only the second in Canada (Niagara Falls was the first of course!).

Smokey Hollow Falls

I could not get close to photographing the waterfall itself from the front, partly due to lack of determination and partly because I did not want to hold back others with my enthusiasm for a good photograph.

The best close up I could get:

Smokey Hollow

Later when I went back near the top of the fall, I saw a ‘proper’ photographer with his tripod and all the right gear standing near the front of the fall and snapping away pictures of the fall. I wish for all the right things too.

Grindstone Creek, Hamilton

As we walked the stretch of the Bruce Trail that goes along the Grindstone Creek, the green was very green, the air fresh and the flow of the creek was soothing to the spirit.

Grindstone Creek, at Smokey Hollow Walk

If I could, I would go here every weekend!

I’ve been working five days a week at the coffee chain. I find my words and creativity drowning and on weekends if I allow them, they come back to the surface – still alive.



How to Enjoy Crabapple Blossoms in Spring

Who knew House Sparrows are interested in flowers?

Pink Flowers Sparrow 2

To enjoy doesn’t mean you actually have to taste it, just being in the midst of it is joy

Pink Flowers Sparrow

But if you are really intent on fully experiencing life, you could taste a flower

Pink Flowers Sparrow 1

Or take a photograph and move on as human these days do:

Crabapple in Bloom
Crabapple in Bloom

Our lives are busy but don’t forget to enjoy the little things!

What a strange thing!
to be alive
beneath cherry crabapple blossoms.”
Kobayashi Issa, Poems

Finding the Red-bellied Woodpecker

Yesterday I walked out of the house, towards the river. Lately I’ve been feeling slow and inactive. I did not want too walk far, once I reached the river I was satisfied. The weather has warmed up and there were many people taking the trail that morning. I sat by the river away from the people, a Canada Goose standing on the opposite shore of the river, making calls now and then but mostly just watching ahead and standing there for reasons I could not understand. After about 20min it was joined by another Goose. I sat there and read a some pages from Wild by Cheryl Strayed who walked the Pacific Crest Trail alone by herself.

On my way to and back from the river I captured some signs of Spring :

up and down the flower I go
up and down the flower I go
Spring against the sky
Spring against the sky
blue menace
a small blue bug close up

And the final treat I received was a first brief look at a Red-bellied Woodpecker that was too high on a tree to take a clear picture of:

Red-bellied woodpecker for the first time
Red-bellied woodpecker for the first time

Bursting Forth of Life

Bursting forth of life
Bursting forth of life
Branches budding with Spring
Branches budding with Spring – near and far

And a quote of wisdom: “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”  – Lao Tzu