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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Unforgettable Memories

The Things I have Loved Are Unforgettable.

I have so many unforgettable memories of the things I have loved....

I have loved my birds, the tiny ones and the large ones. They have been my family. They have given me my joy.

I have loved all the animals that roam around on Vancouver Island. I have been allowed to capture moments and memories of them with my camera.

I have loved sunrises and sunsets and the sky if it is blue or if it has clouds.

I have loved nature's secret places, her lakes, her streams, mountains and beaches.

I have loved the cycle of the seasons and weather, the drama of snowy days and the relaxation of the hot sunny days.

I have loved watching the salmon as they return each year and the flowers as they appear in the rich dark earth.

I have loved the kind and gentle people who have come into my life, some for just a short time and some are long gone to the other side but still remembered fondly.

I have loved learning about all the ethnic beauty of our people. The endless variety of wonderful beauty in each of their cultures and beliefs. All of humanity is so precious and diverse.

I have loved children as they are so pure and full of wonder. I spent many years with the most wonderful children gathered around me in my little nest. Now they have all flown into the world and I find them on Facebook.

I have loved the colors my eyes can see and all the senses I was given as a gift when I was born. I love to smell the flowers in the springtime, a scented rose or a sweet pea and to smell beaches in summer and salty air in the storms. Oh and I love the storms and the wind.

I have loved music and the creative process of art. I have been moved by the expression of other artists and dancers. I have wept over such expressions of emotion and creativity.

I have loved sharing my writings, my blog, my videos, my photos and meeting so many kind people on the Internet, at Facebook and my readers and my bloggers. Some of my blog friends are long gone now but I still think of them and their blogs. I am overwhelmed by the gentle souls that the little hawk story brought to me last year.

And most of all, I have loved living on my island, Vancouver Island.

I have loved so many things that I feel quite worn out from loving so much for so long and feeling so deeply about so many things. I have loved the earth, the sky and the ocean in all their beauty. I have loved being here on the little blue planet earth. I have loved so much that I cannot list it all.

I have loved the butterflies and like them I will transform one day, we will all transform from this beautiful life to another adventure. It is against all odds that we are all here right now in this moment together in history on earth. So many things had to happen to be in this place at this time. For us to survive our lives and for the earth to survive her life. I am so happy to meet you on your travels through life and I through mine. We are together for one short period. Our paths in life have intersected for this moment. I can see you.

Nothing is permanent or forever. We are all just grains of sand from the stars and we will all go back to the stars. It is this fragile impermanence that makes our lives so special. It was just by chance that the earth survived and was placed near a sun and created a moon for us. So many small things had to happen over centuries in order for us to experience paradise here on earth. We are not too close to the sun and we are not frozen as we have climate changes brought about by the tilt of the earth. The moon pulls our tides in and out. The sun gives us the warmth we need to survive. I hope humanity can honour this incredible partnership we have with the earth mother.

I am tired and worn out from my long stay here. I feel more deeply than ever now and I see more clearly than ever before. As an empathic person it has sometimes been hard to turn off my compassion for others, I feel it all. I hear you all. You are all my unforgettable memories.

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Wild Bird Wednesday
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  1. This was beautiful! I hope it doesn't mean you're leaving.

  2. Hello, beautiful post. I love all of these too, nature is grand. Enjoy your day and new week!

  3. WOW beautifully written, but I must say by the ending I thought that you might be saying a fond farewell. I am thankful that you have not. Love is all that matter, for if we LOVE all people, all things, what else must their be to bring joy~

  4. WOW beautifully written, but I must say by the ending I thought that you might be saying a fond farewell. I am thankful that you have not. Love is all that matter, for if we LOVE all people, all things, what else must their be to bring joy~

  5. Nora, thank you so much for your posts. I always find them interesting to read and I enjoy seeing the photos.

  6. Such beautiful memories to cherish, Nora. I pray you will make many more! Thank you for sharing your photos and thoughts. ((( hugs)))

  7. I have the same kind of memories of my place here, and in Muskoka! Thank goodness we have had the privilege of these gifts! Have a lovely week!

  8. Such beauty in your photos. The hummingbirds are darling. Stunning sunsets and reflections. I just watched a documentary on Rachel Carson. I guess you would have felt right at home with each other. We always need people who cheer for life.

  9. So amazing! Stunning shots.

  10. Amen to that!! How wonderful to see that you cherish the things you love.

    Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-Wednes-day / -week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♪ (ABC-W-team)

  11. Beautiful Unforgettable Memories ~ great nature photos!

    Happy Times to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  12. Such an enjoyable read … this wonder-filled post with heartfelt expressions about a miraculous wink in time on a blue dot. I share your enthusiasm and appreciation!

  13. Nora, this was a beautiful post, full of beauty and love...but do I sense an ending, a farewell perhaps, in your words? If I am wrong, please forgive me. I'm asking only because I care. We've never met but I feel we have known one another since Spunky days.
    So many wonderful photographs today, and I agree wholeheartedly that we should love one another no matter our ethnicity. My dad always said "People are people. Don't talk about differences, we are all human beings!"
    Take care, dear Nora.
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  14. Nora, you see and feel love because you are love. Big hugs with love to you.

  15. What an EXCEPTIONAL post!! Beautiful & beauty within...with your words AND your photos, Nora. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!!!

  16. the eye of the blue bird is VERY intense!

  17. Nora...I am sad to see "haved loved" instead of loving. I know you have been in a long battle and I can hear the fatigue in your writing yet the hope for things yet to come. I have lost blog friends and I hope not to lose you for a long time, but that is not under my control. You have a gift for bringing your love of nature and the wonderful island that you live on to so many people and I hope you will still be able to do that..Sending love....Michelle

  18. Many of the things we witness will stay with us for a long time but it's always good to have photos. Thanks for sharing these lovely moments.

  19. I am not sure I have the words to respond to this beautifully written and illustrated blog, but perhaps if you could see my face, it would say it all. Thank you. I haven't 'known' you long, but you are a gift past, present and future.

  20. Wonderful post! Such beautiful pictures!

  21. A lovely post and I thoroughly enjoyed sharing your love for all these things.

  22. Hello Nora: your life on Vancouver Island has certainly given you an intimate connection with nature and it obviously has affected you greatly. How fortunate we all are these days to have gingival cameras to record everything.

  23. Nora, this is a great testamonial, but as others, I hope that it is not a farewell. You and your work are treasures in my life. Our little corner of the internet with photoblogs has really opened my eyes over the years and changed my attitudes about so many things.

  24. Wonderful post, and I feel more thankful just having read it. It would be a good post to come back to from time to time when I need a little lift! Thanks for your thoughts and outstanding photos.

  25. Hi Nora, Stunning photos! What beautiful reflections you've written in this post. It's good to look at the beauty around us and appreciate it. It's important to look back and remember, too. Sometimes life challenges us and it's not always easy to keep those beautiful memories in mind. I hope you're well and at peace. Hugs

  26. Thanks so much for these lovely comments. I read each of them and I am so grateful and thankful that I have met you all and that I was able to read your blogs. Each of your blogs is special to me, I will continue to read them even if I am not posting. I wanted to do one really nice posting before I get too tired. I will continue to post small easy postings as long as I am able.


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