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Nature Walk

Sunday, March 05, 2006

I took my camera on our walk yesterday; I rarely go anywhere without it. The weather is still cold, but it is starting to warm just a little bit; the ice on the lakes is turning to slush so we couldn't skate. As we were walking and my older son was exploring and investigating the sticks and rocks and twigs, it occurred to me that many children do not have the opportunity to experience nature in this way. One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is an understanding and appreciation for nature.

Have a great week, friends.

  1. Blogger Steve House said:

    I agree just from my own experiences. Things i remember the most from younger days is being outdoors and loving it

  1. Blogger Skye said:

    Great pictures, Cathy. Do you happen to know what variety of moss that is on the rocks? For some strange reason I love moss,but it seems that all the conditions have to be percise for it to grow. The boys are so "Cute".

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    Lovely pic, especially the kids :) I grew up in a very rural part of NH so I was very lucky to be able to experience nature all around me.

    Another thing I think your kids are lucky to be able to have is the time to explore and investigate and play. I was listening to a woman at work list the schedule she had made for her two kids, and it seemed like a list of commitments an adult would have trouble maintaining. Where did unstructured playtime go?

  1. Blogger Eric said:

    That first one looks like it would make a good desktop.

    Oh, how I miss VT.

  1. Blogger Tai said:

    ooh, lovely pictures!

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    Wonderful pictures. Your kiddies are so very cute.


  1. Blogger x said:

    that's such wonderful scenery. you are so lucky to be living there and to be able to appreciate it. As always i saved the babe pic again (in my Cathy folder!) and i just noticed how alike your children look! Hugs xxxx

  1. Blogger christina said:

    Gorgeous pictures! Reminds me of when I visited Halifax. Such beautiful scenery.

    My kids just adore the ocean and exploring on the beach and I really regret not being able to let them have the opportunity more often. Living inland really sucks sometimes.

  1. Blogger Maddy said:

    I just love moss - beautiful
    pix - my favorite color - green!

    Beautiful children!


  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    And look how wonderful you turned out! :)

    I unfortanately do not know the variety of moss; I have no ability to identify it at all; I have recently become interested in identifying lichens, however, because they are indicators of air quality; if you have certain types of lichen, you can be relatively assured (or not) of how good your air is...

    NH is a beautiful part of the US and one which I know relatively well; we used to go there for summer vacations (and still do, to the touristy areas and such...)

    I change my desktop image every day; today I have one of the mischievious looking boys...

    Thank you and thanks for dropping by.

    Thanks. Hope you're having a good day.

    I wish every child had the ability to experience nature; UNESCO has an initiative called Growing Up in Cities and there are many programs for children living in cities, to give them the opportunities to experience nature in other ways; "Hooked on Nature" is another...

    Are you still planning on the summer vacation back to BC?...

    I didn't realize how green things actually are; but then those are the things I tend to take pictures of; everything is still in general very grey....spring will come; in a couple of months...

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    Canada does have great nature. I remember as a child going to a cabin in the woods.

    I'm glad to see you are in better spirits today!

  1. Blogger Berlinbound said:

    We have nature here in Germany ... the Sun ... it comes out once in a while and when it does HH raises a cheer, "Look Papa - the sun!" ...

    In the words of Joni Mitchell,

    "Oh Canada ..."

  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    You're absolutely right. Lovely pictures, I envy you. I wish I had so much nature next to me, it's invigorating :)
    Your kids look a lot like you, I think I've mentioned it before. Have a great week yourself.

  1. Blogger Alysa said:

    Beautiful pictures. I agree with the nature thing, I grew up in the middle of nowhere. I got to climb trees in my princess dress and run around barefoot and have picnics and discover lizards. I love the city now but then I had to be free.

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    Beautiful nature photos..

    Kids..What else can I say that I haven't said already..Made me smile :)

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    A cabin in the woods in Canada? If so, where?...
    I was actually in a very good mood; the debate about the seal hunt thing wasn't making me angry, well annoyed a little :)

    But Germany has enchanted forest with elves and faeries; ours have gnomes...

    Devil Mood;
    It makes me happy when people say they look like me because our family all say they look like Mr. C (but then I've never posted photos of him, so you would not be able to judge this!)

    Your description of your childhood made me smile. Was it wonderful?

    I am glad to have made you smile on a chily Monday; I hope your week goes well. xo

  1. Blogger Alysa said:

    It was wonderful. My mom made sure I was able to be as creative as I wanted. She even would give me honey and milk when I wanted to try and find faeries. I think things like that are essential for kids.

  1. Blogger JM said:

    I believe that nature is one gift we can leave our children and future grandchildren.

  1. Blogger Foxy said:

    those are the best pics i've seen in a long time, and i LOVE your pics of the kids, they are so cute!

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    Love that first photo...beautiful poster :)

  1. Blogger Neo said:

    Cathy - Wow, great photos!

    Peace & Hugs,

    - Neo

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:


  1. Blogger Steve House said:

    I still like outdoors type things thinking about it. Nothing wrong with a good scramble or walk!

  1. Blogger Skye said:

    Good Morning my friend. :)

  1. Blogger Gurgo said:

    Cathy, kannst Du mir einen Gefallen tun und Dir eine √úbersetzung ins englische mal ansehen? Ob sie so korrekt ist und ob man es so schreiben kann?
    Meine mailadresse findest Du auf meinem Profil.

  1. Blogger Admin said:

    You have an "eye", my dear. Gorgeous phots. And your kids are beautiful!

  1. Blogger Mise en Place said:

    I agree on both accounts. NEVER go anywhere without your camera, EVER. And teachering our kids to appreciate nature and their surrounding. What beautiful surroundings your kids have too.

    Love the pictures!

  1. Blogger Scholiast said:

    I'd love to come walk with you :) And I totally agree, couldn't do without being close to nature. (Comes naturally when growing up on an island, I guess!)

    As always, beautiful photos and gorgeous kids!

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    So when did your relationship with your mom go wrong?...

    I'd like to hope that we will be leaving it to our grandchildren!

    Thank you :) I hope your house hunting went well.

    I just saw that photos can be made into posters at a local shop; and not too expensive either; I would never know which photo(s) to choose...

    Thanks; hope you're not working too hard!

    Back at ya'!

    What's a scramble?...

    Good evening my friend.

    Kein problem...Ich werde Dir ein e-mail schicken...

    Thanks for the compliment. I really enjoy looking at your photos as well.

    Even when we don't love so close to nature (we've only lived here just over a year), it can be found surprisingly close outside of most cities....it's there if we want to find it! We are just lucky to have it all around us now.

    You must be surrounded by a beautiful natural setting as well...

  1. Blogger Meow (aka Connie) said:

    Hi Cathy, beautiful pictures. It's lovely to see things from a different angle ... like the rocks and moss ... just gorgeous.
    I posted here yesterday, but it didn't appear ... so here I am again !!
    Take care, Meow

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    Enjoyed a lot! Xbox lord of the rings return of

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