Thursday, May 23, 2013

Serenity in symmetry...

The pagoda at Royal Roads University in Colwood, BC.
alone on the path
a quiet place at the centre
soft rain falls on leaves

Royals Roads University is located about 15 kilometres west of Victoria. The gardens there are something of a well-kept secret. Lush, colourful and dense they are criss-crossed with numerous hidden paths. One of these leads to a pagoda and a small pond... a secret, meditative space...

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Take me home...

An inviting country road in Saanich, BC.
Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, Mountain Mama
Take me home, country roads 
 -- John Denver

On a recent morning as my wife and I were exploring Saanich peninsula, we came across this inviting road lined with a white fence that curved off into the distance between bright green fields. I had to stop and soak it in. A gentle breeze caressed my skin... I could smell the wet grass and the trees in the cool air... The only thing to be heard was the birdsong in the distance...

I instantly flashed back to the old John Denver song and a huge wave of nostalgia for simpler times and younger days washed over me.

I think everyone sometimes wishes there was a road that they could follow back to an ideal time in their youth. The best we can hope for though is just a glimpse... a reminder... of more innocent times.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mailboxes

Battered and weathered mailboxes stand vigil alongside a country road...

Monday, May 6, 2013

Church

Just off southern Vancouver Island's east coast is a collection of smaller islands known as the Gulf Islands. The largest of these is Salt Spring Island known for its population of:
1. artistic types;
2. sheep; and
3. grow ops.

Salt Spring is a 30 minute ferry ride from Vancouver Island. If you leave the ferry terminal and turn left, you'll almost immediately encounter St. Paul's Church. It's a Salt Spring Island landmark...

Friday, May 3, 2013

The bridge...

Morning mist over Swan Lake in Saanich...
A footbridge over Swan Lake disappears into the morning mist...

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

It is later than you think...

Colourful camas on Christmas Hill in Saanich, BC...
-- Paul Bowles
"The Sheltering Sky"

Note: If you can't read the text above, click to see the full size image.

The quote above was said to be Brandon Lee's -- son of Bruce Lee -- favourite quote and is inscribed on his tombstone. Bruce Lee died at the young age of 32 so it's possible that the early death of his father left the younger Lee with a unique understanding of how short our time on earth can be and the importance of not wasting it.

Sadly, much as his father died on the cusp of achieving worldwide stardom, Brandon Lee also died at the too-young age of 28 while filming the movie The Crow. His final performance was well-received by critics who felt that he showed promise as an up-and-coming charismatic actor.