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Sunday, April 14, 2013

The New and The Old

 Northern B.C.

 Now here we are with some new and some old, nostalgic photos from the past.  Some are taken with the new tiny Panasonic FZ200, some were taken by my husband nearly nine years ago, some taken recently by me.  Join me in my nostalgia. (using up the "N" words for ABC Wednesday). There are numerous photos in this post so I put in a break.

Nootka Sound
 I just want the world to give nature the opportunity to survive.Freddy Mella

"I have a lot of concerns that you're taking away from nature what nature gave to us."
Barbara James

Cowichan Moon Night Shot

See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...we need silence to be able to touch souls.” Mother Teresa of Calcutta

 Northern B.C.
We are celebrating nature and the natural world today.
“Science will never be able to reduce the value of a sunset to arithmetic. Nor can it reduce friendship to formula. Laughter and love, pain and loneliness, the challenge of beauty and truth: these will always surpass the scientific mastery of nature.”
Dr. Louis Orr

  near Port Renfrew, B.C.
"May the stars carry your sadness away, May the flowers fill your heart with beauty, May hope forever wipe away your tears, And, above all, may silence make you strong." Chief Dan George

The Name is Nootka Sound
Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.
Albert Camus
Nuthatch in the Neighbourhood
Intelligence is the most powerful tool we humans have and also the Raven.

Tiny Anna's Hummingbird nest in our old apple tree.  Some of these photos are repeats as I forget what I have put in.

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will . . .”
 Charlotte Bronte

Planter box owlets getting so big now.
Birds have a Nictitating membrane that covers their eyes and this makes it easy to fly in the rain....and for other things too. 

Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.”Alfred Lord Tennyson 
These words on my blog only reveal half of my soul but that is probably enough.  The photos below were taken a long time ago at the  Royal B.C. Museum, found them in an old camera, Canon Power Shot. 

“If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them you will not know them, and what you do not know you will fear. What one fears one destroys.”
― Dan George, native leader

“The most common trait of all primitive peoples is a reverence for the life-giving earth, and the Native American shared this elemental ethic: The land was alive to his loving touch, and he, its son, was brother to all creatures.” Stewart L. Udall

Nakusp B.C.

 Northern Pintail Esquimalt Lagoon

Our Legislature on a nebulous day.

 Went to Sombrio to see the surfers.  I was wondering if it is correct to spell narly or correct to spell it gnarly.....I thought it meant great like in ``narly waves man!``  but it means difficult I think now.

There is that desire to go surf the waves by yourself, just you and nature and I will never do it again, never.Davis Bunn

I am more and more convinced that our happiness or our unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves.Karl Wilhelm von Humboldt

Butchart Gardens now
I wonder what Jennie Butchart would think if she saw the people from all over the world that come to visit and sit in her garden and have tea and scones there.  I think part of her soul is in her garden. 

“Life is the soul's nursery –It is a training place for the destinies of eternity.”
William Makepeace Thackeray

my favorite nursery stump Goldstream Park
I feel like a nonentity lately so I am back to putting in other writers quotes.

"The sky is held up by the trees.
If the forest disappears, the sky-roof of the world collapses.
Nature and man then perish together."
Anand Singh

Thank you for reading this long narrative post. Have a Great Week!
Thank you to these memes for allowing bloggers to share their story.  I may not remember to enter them all but I still list them for others and as this is the quick way for me to do it.

The Bird D'pot
Our World Tuesday
Sweet Shot Tuesday
ABC Wednesday
Nature Notes Wednesday
Outdoors Wednesday
Wild Bird Wednesday

 I list all the memes for the week now as I can only spend a short time on the computer.  To continue reading posts you must click older post below or see the index at the top or the side or pick a popular post or label from the sidebar.
Please leave a comment note for me. See you Next Week.


Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful pictures. Sunsets and sunrises are some of my favourites.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thanks Ruth, hope the weather there improves.

Carole M. said...

another smorgasbord of beautiful photoraphs Nora; thanks for sharing; they're all lovely to see

Lori Skoog said...

Both shots are incredible! Sky shots are some of my favorites.

Laurie Mcknight said...

such beautiful photos, nature at its finest for sure,

MTWaggin said...

Lovely photos Nora and N is for Nora!!! :) The museum photos remind me of my visit there last summer, what an amzing place! Loved Victoria!!!

eileeninmd said...

Lovely series of quotes and photos. Being a nature nut myself, I thoroughly enjoyed this post and your photos. The Butchart Gardens look beautiful and I love all the birds. Thanks for sharing your world, have a happy week!

Sylvia K said...

Nature at it's finest indeed! Beautiful captures, Nora! I do particularly love the sky and water shots! Glorious! Hope you have a great week!

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Oh that is a lovely beach and gull on your page.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thanks Lori, if you click "read more" there are about as many photos as on yours!!!

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thanks Laurie, glad to see you back and making a journal. I see you are at Google+, I want to but not sure yet.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thanks MT, the museum is a great place.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

have a great holiday Eileen.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thanks Sylvia, you have some good shots of Belleview.

Indrani said...

Awesome series of shots. You have a good collection. The shot of the stump stumped me.

ladyfi said...

What lovely shots. Gorgeous blossoms and stunning skies.

mick said...

Such a great variety in this post but I think the photos of water - lakes, sea, rivers, - are the most beautiful.

Jill Harrison said...

wow what amazing tree roots! I love your scenes and beautiful skys.
Have a wonderful week. I am joining you through Our World Tuesday.

Fun60 said...

They are beautiful photos.

Anni said...

That stump is incredible. And the garden scene is so pretty with all the pink blossoms. Your bird photos...I love 'em. I think the hummingbird in the nest would have to be a favorite of mine. I just found one myself this past couple of days, first time ever to find a nest with a hummingbird in it!!! Nature is so great.

NatureStop said...

What beautiful shots and I loved each and every shot!Have a great day!


Roger Owen Green said...

The old becomes new again, sometimes.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Nora at Island Rambles said...

thanks Indrani, many of our old stumps become the nursery for a new little tree to grow, usually the stump will rot away into the soil, this one never does.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

thanks for sharing your trip to Paris.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Hey Mick, cool photos of the shorebirds.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Jill has an incredible photo site with lots of helpful info.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Fun has a wonderful post on a 900 year old castle.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thanks hootin Anni. Glad you found a hummer nest...they are so difficult to find unless the hummer leads you into one.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thanks Shantana NatureStop. Lovely waterfall photos on your blog.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

take care Rog, go and see the doctor now.

Carol L McKenna said...

Magnificent photography ~ love the owl ~ Great post for N for ABC ^_^

Nora at Island Rambles said...

lovely tribute to those in Boston at Carol's site. Such sad news this week. Hope for World Peace.

Nancy said...

Nora, your photos are stunning. You've captured some beautiful places, and I am awed at the close up of the nuthatch. I've tried to photograph nuthatches around my home, but they take flight before I can snap a picture. The Butchart Gardens is amazing.

Arija said...

So many of my favourite things here that I could sing. Hummingbirds nesting in my apple tree is something i can but dream of, likewise owlets hatching in a planter box. The native American philosophy I have always identified with. As with our native Aborigines here, I belong to the land, the land does not belong to me. What Jennie Butchard made of the disused quarry has turned into one of the great gardens of the world. That is my way of living too. Take a scarred piece of earth and restore and transform it into something beautiful. A long, but lovely post.

Kara Claflin said...

Beautiful quotes and pictures.

Leslie: said...

A natural choice for this week! Nicely done...

abcw team

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful sunset and poem about silence. Thanks for visiting my blog with photos of Tasmania where I spent my holiday in December. I often travel to Australia, where my youngest daughter lives. It is a pity that it is so far away.
Have a great day!
Wil, ABCW Team

Benita said...

Many beautiful photos, I like them all. Hope you have a great week.

Karen said...

Beautiful BC! Gorgeous sky shots. I've been in Nakusp a few times, taking the ferry.

Jesh StG said...

Wow, thank you for sharing all these! It was a feast, and can't even make up my mind about "favorites" But then, I know I don't have too! Have a great rest of the week:):)

photowannabe said...

Such a gorgeous collection of N scenery.
Love them and all the quotes too.

Joy said...

The Butchart garden blossom is stunning. A beautiful walk though nature with your photographs.

sherrygaley said...

Nice to see Butchart Gardens. It's been a while since I've been there. Beautiful sunset shots. Visiting from Sweet Shot Tuesday.

Wally Jones said...

As usual, you have offered a treasure chest of images and thoughts. How nice that we may pick and choose what we like and there is still plenty left for others to do the same.

Take care, Nora!

(Wally in Springtime Florida)

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thanks for all your comments and visits from all of you....it has been a sad week in the news this week so your blogs and comments have been so helpful.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I so love your end of our land! I mean, your photos, too!
Cheers from Cottage Country!

Stephanie said...

Beautiful shots! Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Beautiful as usual!

rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Rambling Woods said...

Oh beautiful series..I love the quotes you picket out..hugs..Michelle

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thanks to my loyal readers for coming by to see what I do each week.