Friday, October 17, 2014

Seven years of lessons!

Nature is man’s teacher.
She unfolds her treasures to his search,
unseals his eye
illumes his mind, and purifies his heart;
an influence breathes from all the sights and
sounds of her existence.
                              Alfred Billings Street


This time of year is one of the most beautiful with its amazing colour of those leaves. This has always been one of my favourite time of year. That all changed for me seven years ago today. This is now without a doubt my favourite season.


The leaves are clinging to the trees and trying to compete with each other much like competing in a fashion show. Who will be wearing the most beautiful colours? Those fiery reds, at least in my eye usually win every year but the yellows are running a very close second this year. They have seemingly managed to absorb the warmth, the brilliant light and colour of the sun. That ability to absorb will continue to brighten the sky even on those rainy days for all who take the time to notice. Spreading much needed happiness and joy with its brilliance. Oh, yes it is that time of year again and there is a sadness in my heart but also a joy and gratefulness in my soul.


My Dad loved this time of year he would travel way up north and head into the bush to absorb every bit of that happiness and joy those trees of gold and red had to offer. This was his home away from home. He would sit there in the bush surrounded by the deafening silence listening to the beating of his own heart contemplating the world he had created, the one he wanted to create. Watching the wildlife live their lives never worrying about what lie ahead for them or what they had left behind had him thinking differently by the end of that visit.


I sit in the bush on the farm most days this time of year. I also love to travel up north absorbing the warmth, the brilliant light, and the colour of the sun that those leaves have grabbed and try to hold tight. I watch the wildlife frolic about on the forest floor paying no mind to what lie ahead or what has gone by. I am surrounded by the deafening silence listening to the beating of my own heart. I cannot believe it has been seven years.


I miss you and thank you for sharing your love of nature. You were right nature truly does know. She is indeed very wise. Live and grab hold of every moment no matter where you find yourself at the time. Try remembering to pay no mind to what you cannot control. It will all work out in the end.

Later


39 comments:

  1. He gave you a wonderful gift.

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  2. Lovely to remember your dad with autumn leaves...Hugs M xox

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  3. Every autumn will be a beautiful reminder.

    I like spring. It's my favorite.

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  4. i wonder how i came to love fall - i am thinking thanks to you. i know i had a chance to go up in a backyard, run & play, be with family & friends. but come to think of it i don't think i know my parents favorite season?? i know Dad prefer warmer times because he can never get warm. i love memories. thank you for sharing with us. so fun. ( :

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  5. Beautiful photos! We are starting to see some color in our trees, but there is more to come. I love fall, too. Have a wonderful weekend, B!

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  6. You have great memories of your Dad, I think, and what better way to remember him than to enjoy the beautiful colors of fall! Deafening silence. I've never heard it, but I'll bet it is amazing!

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  7. Beautiful photos, and beautiful thoughts, Buttons. You honor his memory, doing what you do.

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  8. I am thinking of my Dat today too. It would have been his Birthday today, and he too loved nature so much. So much so he is resting in Algonquin Park.

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    1. That is a beautiful place to rest. HUGS

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  9. awwww buttons, what a sweet entry and reminder of the deep love you had for your dad!! Autumn is the season you will always share with him, it's your special time together!! hugs xo

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  10. What loverly thoughts to remember your dad at this time of year. He left you with the same way of thinking as he did.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  11. Beautiful . . . so tender . . . I loved this . . .

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  12. Sending you special hugs, Buttons, as you remember this day. Gorgeous pictures! xo

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  13. Lovely tribute to your much loved Dad.

    Tessa~

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  14. quel calme ca donne envie de s arrete a cette endroit merci du partage

    bon w end !

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  15. This is lovely Buttons and the photos are gorgeous.

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  16. Lovely tribute to your dad . I do the same thing as you both . I love to get lost in nature watch and listen and take it all in , nature is my tranquility , my love , my passion , my piece of mind . Nature makes me feel good and happy and being able to capture it in photographs well that's the icing on the cake for me . Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend !

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  17. A very descriptive tribute to your Dad.

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  18. Just lovely, Buttons. Just lovely. I can see that the apple has not fallen far from the tree.

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  19. Lovely reflections about your Dad.
    I can see that you both loved the same things. Beautiful photography today.

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  20. Wonderful nature photos and a wonderful tribute to your dad. I miss mine as well. Your blog made me think of him today.

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  21. My dad died when I was 18 and 33 years later I still miss him. Autumn is my favorite time of year as well....but it can be melancholy and filled with nostalgia.

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  22. What a wonderful gift he gave. I remember Dad carrying my girls around before they could sit alone and tell them the names of trees.

    I think I feel my dad when I am in the woods and on the land he loved.

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  23. Beautiful lessons you have shared from your Dear Father, Buttons. I feel the same about my own - gone now just 2 years. If it wasn't for him, we would not be living here now, on the side of a mountain in the middle of nature. Fathers seem to know what is most important in life......I know they are with us still as we walk in nature. Lovely photos to go with your lovely words today. xo Karen

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  24. Lovely words you written about your memory of your father and his love of nature. My father loved the forest and nature too! This is one of the reasons why I love walking in the forest as I feel closer to my father this way. Stunning images as always.

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  25. What a beautiful tribute to your Dad. He would love this post. I'm sure he is proud of you carrying on his legacy of going into the bush.
    Cindy Bee

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  26. This brought tears to my eyes--such beauty in your writing, B. It touches my soul. How wonderful that you shared a love of nature with your dad. Bless you. :-)

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  27. Such beautiful writing and remembrances. God bless, Buttons.

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  28. Well, I love traveling north this time of year too! It's very special to be in communion with nature far away from the hustle and bustle.

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  29. Nature has always been everything you describe here to me as well. You write so beautifully about the things that make a difference in your life, it's a joy to read your posts, dear Buttons. Sadly, I am beginning to feel that nature here where I live is failing, so dry it is beginning to scare me.

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  30. So much beauty, heart and Wisdom in this message . . . Thank you. Sending Love, -g-

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  31. A wonderful way to remember your Dad. Dads are so special to their daughters :)

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  32. I'm also a great lover of autumn. Not only the beauty, but time to get ready for a long winter's hibernation.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  33. B,

    Beautiful advice, from a lovely lady.
    This time of year, and spring are my favorite times.
    We went to southeastern Oklahoma this weekend to see the changing of the tree's (just started) and
    to be out in an area we've never been before with nature. We stayed in an old log cabin, walked dirt roads, hiked through the mountains, fished on a river with rapids, and watched the night
    skies. Just being with nature calms the heart, and brings us so many life memories.
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  34. Buttons, your dad would be so proud that you have not only remembered his love of nature and this glorious time of year, but that you pass on your passion through such beautiful words and photos.

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  35. It is wonderful to have these gifts that our parents give us... well maybe not all of them, but certainly the love of nature is a wonderful gift to pass down to our family. I am sure your dad is looking down and giving you a nod of approval!

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