Wednesday, February 27, 2013

My Wilderness Buddy!

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world,
and the best that we can find in our travels is an honest friend.
                         Robert Louis Stvenson


A true friendship always requires a little give and take, bend and shape, see but not see, listen but not listen. I am lucky enough to have found someone that can ignore me when I need it, and be there when I don’t.  A person that with only one phone call will pull on her famous purple suit to go exploring in the wilderness even though she knows I always carry a camera. A friend who even though I told her I would not print any of these photos she secretly knew I would be bending those rules just a little. A person that makes me laugh and smile even though when she asked if she could take my photo I said yes knowing it would never be shown even though at that time I knew hers would. We understand each other, I may be assuming here.


NDF and I travelled to the trail where the Snowshoe race was held on the weekend and thought we would give it a go. 7 km’s sounded like a lot to both of us but we would go as far as we could, knowing we could always turn around at any time. It was a beautiful sunny day and on arriving we strapped on our Snowshoes and started tramping down that trail, it did not take us very long to realize we did not need those Snowshoes at all. We kicked them off and walked where 34 or more Snowshoe Racers had all ran over twice before, what a fantastic base it was like walking on a sidewalk but I must admit the view was much more soothing to me than any sidewalk I have ever been on. We headed into the trees.


The Deer have been making good use of these tracks but we also seen where other Deer have been crisscrossing the trail trying to get to wherever it is that Deer go, it was incredible. We made sure to stick to the trail with the little pink flags sticking out of the ground. I had insisted that NDF walk in front of me as I did not want to slow her down by my constant stopping to take those photos of things that truly needed to be shared. I at this point never thought about sharing ones of her, honest. I was in wilderness heaven and I know she was too. We have always shared this overwhelming love of Nature.


We made our way along the trail but it was obviously not a racing trail today. We found it hard to make any distance at all because of all that constant stopping to admire old dead trees, or an unusual formation of snow, fungi art high up a tree where Deer or some kind of animal had been nibbling. I found that I was getting so excited by the artsy distractions and discoveries I was off the trail wandering in the bush taking photos of the inside of hollow trees.


Poor NDF looked contented while patiently standing and watching. I do remember her edging me on though, one time in particular she pointed out that the inside of one gnarly old tree would be a fantastic shot. That is a true friend indeed. I know at some point she wished she had a camera to take photos of me balancing on that fallen tree branch on the side of that ravine trying to see into the center of that amazing dead Maple tree. She was right it was amazing inside. I am surely glad I was the only one with a camera. I do hope I did not make her nervous as this is a woman sporting a nice pink cast on her arm from a lone wilderness trek of her own not so very long ago. Yes we are very similar in the things we do.


After walking on that trail and off that trail for what seemed like hours I was getting tired, NDF would never admit it but I am sure she was too, we decided to turn around and vowed to come back another day and give it another try. We made our way back down the same trail but this time we noticed even more beautiful things to stop and explore. It never ceases to amaze me how in the bush going in one direction and observing everything and then coming back on the same path it looks totally different. I love that.


Thanks NDF I surely do love exploring with you and sorry about those photos I promised not to show. Technically it could be anyone and honestly isn’t that what friends are for? At this rate I am not sure how long it will take for the two of us to "Race" those 7km's but maybe we could try again after the approaching snowstorm passes. Maybe this time "YOU" won't get so distracted from our goal. OK?



Later

35 comments:

  1. Everybody needs a friend like that! :)

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  2. That's my kind of snowshoe "race"! How wonderful to have a such a special friend.

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  3. Buttons,

    Now that's a great friend! Mother natures makes a beautiful back ground for photographs :-)

    I love your photographs!

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  4. That's what I call a good friend. You two were really in your element...gorgeous photos, the bonus.

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  5. What a great friend and friendship! The photos you took and shared with us are the icing on the cake.

    How does blueberry oatmeal with a splash of maple sirup sound?

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  6. A great day outing indeed by the sounds of it, and the pictures.

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  7. We had a fair bit of snow land last night and it is still coming down..not as windy though.
    As usual your photos are great.

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  8. oh you are fortunate to have such a great friend buttons! and she's lucky to have such a great friend in you too!

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  9. Walking in the woods is one of my favorite things to do and I get so caught up in the beauty and wonder of it all I love it ! Awesome post and photos ! Still in the midst of the storm here rain and heavy wet snow it is a slushy mess and I hope none of it freezes or things could get ugly out there ! Have a good day !

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  10. How I would love to strap on some snowshoes and walk that with you in your lovely world!

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  11. You sure make me wish I could go snowshoe with you!

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  12. What a good friend she is. I like taking photos of hollow and dead trees. You got some good shots!

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  13. That's a good friend indeed who will wait patiently for you to take photographs like that. Sounds like a fun day!

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  14. she's still appropriately incognito. just someone in a purple suit. :)

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  15. I admire your outdoorsy-ness. :-)

    Pearl

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  16. Nice to have a buddy. I bet she will bring a camera along next time : )

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  17. Ah, a friend that loves nature is my kind of friend! You are blessed. Sounds like a wonderful outing. :)

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  18. LOL "ah so you are the walking purple willow that Buttons posts in her blog - you do have a face!" I am envious that you have someone so close who shares your love of all that outdoors - but then I bet you two can get into a lot of trouble too - LOL

    pink flags? If you didnt tell me I would assume a timber cruiser was marking their spot LOL

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  19. Distractions are the reason for exploring. Hurrying toward a goal just to see the finish misses all the good stuff.

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  20. What a great friend! You're blessed to have one like that. Your photos are wonderful--I would love to follow that trail myself.

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  21. A beautiful post! My compliments! ;-)

    Greetings from the Netherlands,
    DzjieDzjee

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  22. Love all the things you found to photograph, and how wonderful you had a friend to discover them with!

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  23. Your friend would still be out there waiting for me to finish taking photos had it been me.

    Such opportunities...lovely shots.

    Jen

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  24. Such neat photos! It must be so nice to have a friend who is a nature lover like yourself :)

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  25. How wonderful to have a friend like that. I love all of your photos.

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  26. You are a photographer after my heart; I'm glad your dear friend was so encouraging and patient! Love the fungus and gnarly dead tree!

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  27. Friends like her truly are one of life's greatest treasures.

    I love days when you can take time to enjoy walking outdoors and taking in God's wonders. The hollow trees are intriguing, and an active imagination could make a lot of stories about the old trees.

    Thanks for taking me on this walk... I did not even need a coat!

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  28. Life would be better if everyone were blessed with at least one special friend like that.

    Love your pics... especially the trees.

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  29. Good to read you had a lovely time :)
    Hugs M xxx

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  30. Walking in the woods is always better when you have someone to share the beauty with you! :)

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  31. Friends are such blessing! I loved the pictures too!

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  32. Good that you had someone to walk with, and share the sunshine!! I know I could not do it! I love photo 5, with the formoer branches sticking into the cavity that used to be the trunk! I am reading a book about trees just now, and learning a lot...

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  33. Wonderful pictures, and those tue good girlfriends just know dont they , all we need them to and more, and that we will post pics of them even when we said we wouldn't

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