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Autumn Notes and Big G

Posted by Val Fox on October 4, 2015 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (3)

Since my "great" room window ends at the floor, I had an exceptional view of a black bear that rambled past the glass two days ago. I grabbed my camera, then decided to let him continue undisturbed. They live in the area, and are searching for food.

I see many bird species migrating from north to south. The grass is green again after the summer drought, and the autumn-winter rains will downpour soon. I hear chain saws, generators and a meeting of ravens.

Tonight, the smell of wood smoke, another fossil fuel; the only source of heat for many.

                      ©VFox                              Big George

tags: Vancouver Island; BC wildlife; Autumn in British Columbia, Canada' Earth's Inhabitants; Bull elk;  


Posted by Val Fox on May 18, 2015 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (1)


It's been six months since my last post. Last Autumn, people lined up their Jack-o-lanterns in the forest to be reclaimed. The sky grew dark and the mountains seemed to close in. Weeks of rain and power outages were December and January. Oh, and the fog. 


By February 2015, the first blooms opened. Spring beckoned us forward and we looked to the sky's golden hope and warmth. My companions are two senior cats.


Spring's glittering sheen and bold colors make The Island look feastive. As you can see, I am still learning the camera. Since the area is rich in photo opportunities, I'll enjoy the practice.


This year's garden consists of 21 assorted pots obtained from neighbor donations and thrift stores. They contain both flowers and vegetables.  I read in some "comments" somewhere that a woman got great results when she threw a banana peel into the hole prior to planting. I did the same in one of my two tomato plants.


               Near Port Renfrew.

Be wise in the forest, and Thanks for visiting.

Waking Up on Vancouver Island

Posted by Val Fox on October 19, 2014 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (1)

The whole experience of moving away from friends and loved ones is a shock. It's all happening so fast, I hardly have time to process it. I already miss Alberta's vast sky and it's wonderous sunsets.



A series of events has resulted in my availability to take a risk, a leap into the unknown toward uncertainty. I have never moved so far away from family and friends.

Yet here is this prairie-boomer-grandma preparing to ride the ferry from British Columbia's lower mainland to Vancouver Island. This time I won't be there to play tourist. I'm taking whatever I can fit in a minivan and I'm moving there, with family support. I can see them in my mind's eye, leaping high and shaking celebratory pom poms.

Do what makes you happy. ;)


                                        You'll thrive out there. :) 

                                                                         Your time to shine! 8)

I'm thankful for those people who are giving me a push. Some of you don't even know how you are helping me do this.  I might have remained in comfortable familiarity all my life. Instead, I will live in a winter rainforest, keeping warm by a fire. The girls will soon curl up nearby and I will be thankful for their company.


Please join me weekly as I discover my new home on Canada's Vancouver Island.  A new journey has begun.

Begin A New Life Chapter

Posted by Val Fox on September 12, 2014 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Navigating through major life changes can be frightening, especially when an unknown future beckons and we grieve for lost dreams. I have begun such a journey.

   Author Jeanette Winterson writes that when going through change, it's easy to interpret our fear and sorrow as something totally painful and negative. The lack of sleep. trembling hands and basketball slamming in our gut plead for the familiar, demanding our return to the same game of chance.

Winterson implies that the jumping off point and its subsequent turmoil could be a blessing in disguise, even if it doesn't feel like it yet. Many other wise souls make similar claims.

Some days we're paralyzed with sadness; others days our youthful energy and curiousity will illuminate the room.

For those experiencing major change, the new trail will become familiar soon enough. Chaos will not last forever. Lessons learned and a fresh perspective will help lead us forward to clarity, peaceful heart, even joy.

Believe it. Claim it.




Summer Photos

Posted by Val Fox on August 12, 2013 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi everyone.  Today's blog is a collection of photos I've taken this summer, 2013.  Featured are images from home and other Alberta locations.  Pictures are also added into the Photo Gallery listed above.  Hope you enjoy them.  Have a nice day and thanks for visiting.


              So glad digital cameras were invented.  I never run out of film any more.


              Belly River in the southern Alberta Rocky Mountains.


              Blue is blue...


             Fox in the garden.


              Chief Mountain is a sacred site for southern Alberta's Blackfoot people.

Black bears come in other colors too.  He was a visitor to my camp every day last week.


               We experienced more thunder and hail storms this year.  Funnel clouds too.

Petunias add color and vibrance.  The garden is a place of creation and tranquility.

Solitude Photo Essay

Posted by Val Fox on May 27, 2013 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (1)
In solitude, she gazes toward a darkening sea.  Mind numb, fingers torn. Bare and blistered feet beneath torn skirts.  Bruised clouds descend. Wooden legs turn toward home but her heart belongs to the sea's creatures, for now.


                                            Solitude in Grief by CherishedMemories on DeviantART

Heart-hammering solitude, just you and the water.  Just the kayak and your wits.  Only a move between life and death.  Exhilarating!


                                             Fluid Dynamics by Lucas Gilman on 500px

Foggy night solitude for a hungry, old crow.  He waits for the others...


                                            by aussiegall on

Solitude among the giants


                                              Alpine Church in Switzerland by hdrdoc on

Summer at the lake.  Can't wait for Going-To-The-Sun Road to open.  Crystal waters, alpine forest.  Peaceful solitude.


                                               by brittany930 on

This photo captures the icy frost before the sun melts it away.

Hoar Frost by Caras lonut on 500 px

I often see sights like this, especially at home on the prairie.  Vast, black skies far away from city lights.  Solitude is my friend under the stars. Solitude allows me to refresh and relax.  Grateful.

Night Sky over Hemnes, Norway by Tommy Eliassen Photography

There is time for thoughtful contemplation.  There is also time to stop all the thoughts, breath...and just BE.  

by esmahan ozcan on 500px

Solitude lends itself to a good photograph.  Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada provides unlimited opportunities for great photos and mezmerizing landscapes.

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada by Victor Liu on

The ultimate in Solitude.  To feel alive and in touch with your surroundings.  Unseen vistas and granite footholds.

Hope you enjoyed this brief photo essay featuring the theme of solitude.  It can have many different faces.  These are but a few.  See you next time... :)                -Val


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