backdrop to a life revisited

A year ago almost to the day you may remember I posted backdrop to a life part 1 and part 2. This was in response to the Discover Challenge from the Daily Post: Finding Your Place, in which we are asked by Cheri to bring a place alive that means something to you.

Yesterday the snow returned to Vancouver and whilst not as heavy as last year my muse, Kitsilano Beach, became a winter wonderland once again.

Today the snow stopped, the sun shone and camera in hand how could I not venture out and capture it all.

Happy Holidays everyone.

escape with me

I have a treat for you today. Come and join me on my morning walk yesterday and escape for a few minutes from the hate, the anger, the despair, and the noise that we are all being pummelled with each and every day. I don’t know about you but my troubled soul needed a little healing and when the sun rose yesterday on freshly fallen snow with the mountains stark against the bluest of skies, I knew all I had to do was dress warmly, put on my boots and venture out into the crisp air and morning sunshine.  I’m happy to say it worked.


It didn’t take long to enjoy every magical moment with everyone else who was out and about.


This gallery, which I have also made into a slide show, I hope will help sooth your soul too.

This next photo is for Cheri and her Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadow


As I came closer to the trees  in Vanier Park I was greeted by a symphony of sound that made me stop in my tracks and listen for several minutes, joined by others who were equally as enthralled.  Here is a short excerpt from my post entitled Birdsong for today’s Daily Prompt: Heard.  If you feel like pausing for a minute or two and hearing more visit the post and listen to it all.

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I hope this has made your day as much as it did mine.


“The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind,
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”

from Ode to the West Wind
Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1820

These hoarfrost covered leaves, resilient in our winter wonderland,
will soon be freed to welcome spring.

backdrop to a life: part 2

Yesterday’s winter wonderland here in Vancouver.


The title to today’s post is explained in backdrop to a life, which I submitted to this week’s Discover Challenge: Finding Your Place. I hadn’t planned on a Part 2 but after those crisp, clear blue skies last week the weather changed and it was snow, snow, snow, creating a whole new beauty to magical Kitsilano Beach where it felt yesterday as if I had stepped into a Lowry painting.

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This final image seems to be the perfect way to wish everyone Happy Holidays


Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers 2

…Layers of snow blanket Whistler Mountain but come summer the slopes are bare and there is the joy of hiking the high alpine meadows…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

lake louise
…looking across Lake Louise on a glorious, crisp winter’s day…