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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Golden Grove

A Golden Grove:

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.


From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.” 

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

"Look at the earth crowded with growth, new and old bursting from their strong roots hidden in the silent, live ground, each seed according to its own kind... each one knowing what to do, each one demanding its own rights on the earth... So, artist, you too from the deeps of your soul... let your roots creep forth, gaining strength." Emily Carr

Sometimes I think trees know me better than any one person.....

 I always thought the weathered, exposed roots of ancient trees looked like hands reaching out to me...  some of these are from Cathedral Grove, Vancouver Island, B.C. and some from Burnt Bridge.
The pictures will enlarge much larger when you click on them.

 Sometimes I think I am not strong enough to stand in this storm.....

Are we all still rooted in the past......not able to move forward....

Yes, thank god that trees are not chatty, what a relief to go to the forest or the country grove.....or Butchart Gardens.

Imagine like John Lennon and be a dreamer....perhaps we all could be one...

It is good to have deep roots but it always is the shallow parts that we show to each other...... here we are at Goldstream Park.

I forgot to put these in last week. The Giant Tree that fell in Goldstream Park. The other trees below seem to be bending down and looking sadly at their fallen friend.
And now for the birdy parts:

Green Heron, kinda rare here, older photo from Swan Lake.

Gulls, Heermann's above and Mew below possibly.

Golden-Crowned Sparrow out in Metchosin.
 I have no idea why a Fox Sparrow is in here but he is Grooming

 and he is so pretty he can stay.
 Golden-Crowned Kinglet at Goldstream Park.
Goldeneye duck in the Inner Harbour.

Greater White-Fronted Geese out in Sidney, B.C.

Looks like I changed my white balance to cloudy below here and it gives it that golden glow, I find the Canon's factory settings are very blue, green. 


You may  have noticed that the common theme was to be the letter "G" for ABC meme, I tried but strayed away from it as always.
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.
What do you think of the little posters I am making of my photos and putting on my random thoughts and mixed up words on them, should I continue on this path. Any comments.


  1. Amazing and beautiful captures, Nora, as always! The old trees are awesome! Hope you've had a lovely weekend and that you're ready for a great week!

    1. thankyou Sylvia from over the hill.

  2. Beautiful pictures. Those old trees are gorgeous.

    1. Thanks Ruth, hope the snow is gone.

  3. We loved visiting Cathedral Grove, such amazing trees. You have captured some lovely tree photos. I like how you are adding your thoughts to the photos.

    1. thanks Crafty....your site is so popular.

  4. I love the words and trees. To be on the coast and see the roots always makes me smile, the texture and shapes and how they stand even with all those roots exposed. Nice post!

    1. Thanks so much, glad you like.

  5. Very nice post, Nora. Love the huge trees! Of course, with my penchant for birds, I really like your images of the feathered folks!

    Hope your weekend was good. Take care.

    --Wally (wet, but still warm in Florida)

    1. thanks warm Wally, hope to get more birding soon. cheers.

  6. Love those tree shots, but I bet you knew I would. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  7. I love the poster format...wonderful words, whether quotes or your own, perfectly illustrated by your beautiful pictures...I'm impressed.

  8. Love the image with your thanks for God that trees are not chatty - which made me smile! Sometimes we do need quiet moments:)

  9. Wow, I love all your tree shots and the quotes. The bird photos are wonderful too. Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

  10. What wonderful shots! I love those tree roots!

  11. Anonymous4:00 pm

    Awesome tree shots ~ ever seen Emily Carr's art work on Trees in Vancouver I believe ~ wonderful avian shots also for OWT ^_^

  12. All beautiful - but the golden and red leaves are especially beautiful. I like the photo from Butchart Gardens - I have photos from there in the summer and the winter also - taken many years ago!

  13. Anonymous9:31 pm

    What beautiful shots - my favourites are the ones of the trees! Such wise beings!

  14. I like the green tinge in the shots.
    The bird captures are fantastic!

  15. wonderful forest to walk in. yes, we're all made of earth and rain but feeling a bit parched thru this long white winter.

  16. Anonymous12:56 pm

    I just love your tree pictures. My favorite quote that speaks to me is in the first image.

  17. a lover of natures bounty, the trees do it for me too; but also your wonderful birding photographs

  18. Nice bird-photo!
    A lot of things to see in your post!

  19. words as lovely as the pictures
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  20. Lots of fun photos!

  21. Beautiful series.

  22. I do like the bare roots of the trees - but that Goldeneye is splendid. Its been a while since I saw one of them.

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

    Stewart M - Melbourne

  23. High heavens! Beautiful scenery!

    Gums and Gummies
    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team.

  24. Beautiful photos!! And a very GRAND post. :-)

  25. Thanks so much for all your comments, they are truly appreciated.

  26. Wow Nora..you are doing the most wonderful posts about nature and our feelings about it.. I love all the photos and prose.. Hope all is well with you.. hugs..Michelle

  27. What a wonderful post! I really enjoyed your trees images laced with thought provoking poems and words. Seeing beautiful bird images always makes me smile as well:) The little Fox Sparrow is adorable! Take care, Nora!

  28. The "birdy" parts were fun, but the Cathedral Grove photos jumped right out to say "Hello, it's been a while." I've walked through the grove once with Bill and two other times with students. What a gift to have this extraordinary treasure so close to us. Emily Carr and John Lennon are two of my favourite people in the world (I think of them as still living because their work and words are all about us). All to say.. GREAT post!

  29. I have so loved visiting BC. My actor son lives there now. Beautiful photos!
    Cheers from Cottage Country!

  30. Excelentes fotografias....



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