Friday, March 15, 2013

Focus on Life: Week 11 ~ the Possibilities are Endless

Sally Russick of The Studio Sublime is hosting a year long challenge which is... sublime... as you'd expect with such a studio name. The challenge is named 'Focusing on Life' and every week Sally is sending a prompt on what should we focus the following week.

Week 11~ the Possibilities are Endless 

“In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be. In this moment, there is infinite possibility." ~Victoria Moran

Last Saturday it was a gorgeous spring day. At this stage we call spring-like day anything that goes over 2C and is sunny ;) so the 8C the thermometer showed and the splendid blue sky were just calling me outside!

After getting the child dressed and packing the backpack with the 'absolute necessities' (read: camera, snacks, a bottle of water, and seeds for the birds) we drove to one of the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Arboretum. At this time of the year it's the only outdoor garden open - and only because it holds part of the Bruce Trail, thus making it a wonderful hiking spot.

I took tons of pictures - so this will be a looong post [you have been forewarned :) ]

Would you follow me? There are so many trails we can pick: endless possibilities!

Would the chickadee stop by? or maybe another little bird?
(we once had a woodpecker come to be hand-fed)

When the snow melts, what would we find under those leaves? 

Where does this stream go? What will it discover on its way? 
Is the deer still hiding close-by? Or it came to drink from the pond and went back?
Was it by itself? One thing is for sure: it was here recently :) 
Did the woodpecker find the food it was looking for?
Does it have a family who needs to be fed?

Will the previous year owners come back to this nest?
Will it be inhabited by a new family? Will it be inhabited at all? 

In the Burlington Bay there is an island, called Hickory Island, that was not so long ago covered in beautiful trees. Black Cormorants inhabited the island and because their drooping is very high in nitrogen - the trees eventually died. The island is bare of trees right now and the colony of Cormorants had steadily declined. A sad story of how a species has destroyed their own habitat by over-population.

Would the Hickory Island re-generate its tree sometimes in the future?

Would the Cormorants repeat the same mistake?
What today is a sad-looking area will soon be a majestic place:
RBG is home to the largest collection of lilacs in the world (over 600 plants)
In the spring - the possibilities are endless and the place becomes
a natural miracle of colour and scent!
Would we be able to finally find some gosling this spring?
It eludes us every year - and I love those golden soft babies :)  
William saw a cow (2 eyes at about 1/3 from top)
I saw a sea-horse (profile, one eye, at about 1/3 from bottom)
What do you see? endless possibilities :) 

"My" sea-horse
Are you coming back? 
Are you running away?
Are you tired?
Whatever you do - remember: smile and enjoy this moment!
It is the only one it matters and it's special :) 

I have tried to warn you it's a long journey :) I hope you have enjoyed it - please make sure you visit the other possibilities @ Miss Sally's.


  1. Wonderful- I wish I could have been there, looks like you had a lovely time of it!

  2. Alicia -- Just love all the pics from your fun day. Your son is amazing and I must admit a special fondness for the woodpecker. Just love that bright red cap he wears.

  3. Loved your photo essay! You took some beautiful pictures.

  4. That sounds like a fabulous day, absolutely full of possibilities. I'm so glad you got to enjoy it with your son.

  5. This is one of the best posts ever! I truly adore all your photos - thank you for taking us on this lovely journey w/you and you son!! Next,...I just adore lilacs, they're among my all time favs - especially their scent. And last, I see a buffalo,...ear to the left, eyes just beneath them and mouth below that, with your seahorse (yes it sure is!!) just below all of it. The possibilities of this adventure are truly endless,...and so, hopefully, are the memories!

  6. Hmm, I'm seeing a rough cowboy looking back over his shoulder while holding his seahorse, or maybe chicken would be more fitting. I think I see the same eyes William did, just more around them to fill out the hat. Looks like you had a fabulous time and the pictures are beautiful. Love that one near the start holding out the seed - so open.

  7. Oh, this sounds like fun! I love how we can find so many images in the ice formation. = Michelle #8 this week

  8. A lovely post - I feel like I was there walking with you. Beautiful photos and your son has a great smile!

  9. What a fun day! Your son is a very handsome boy :) My fav photo is the sea horse, and am hoping you will go back and bring us some pics of the violets in spring

  10. Thank you for sharing your nature walk adventure. I relived happy memories of my own...

    Wonderful photos! Every moment has meaning as you have shared so beautifully!

  11. thank you for taking us on this lovely walk with you and your boy! wonderful pics :)

  12. This was a beautiful post! I have not been on a "nature walk" in years....and now I want to go! Especially in Spring, when everything is beginning to wake up! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Hi Alicia,
    Yes, I would say that place holds endless possibilities. Oh I wish I lived closer, because I would love to go to this place when those Lilacs are in full bloom. I just know it would be heavenly.

  14. What a wonderful journey. I love days like that! I love lilacs I would love to be able to visit that spot when the lilacs are in bloom. The fragrance must just fill the air. And your sea horse...LOVE him!

  15. Wow, it looks like you had a fantastic day outdoors with your son. Great photos and story.

  16. Beautiful! I would so love to live there. I love walking the trails. Great Pics and a wonderful story! Thanks for inviting us along!

  17. Beautiful shots and a nice long walk. Thanks!

  18. What a fun day with your son! I would love to be there when the lilacs are blooming! I saw the seahorse right away!

  19. Wonderful photos!!! Your outing provided endless possibilities for exploring, seeing new things and spending time with your son.

  20. I love the 2nd and last photos!

  21. Fabulous post, Alicia! I loved all the photos of your journey throughout the day! I would love to see those Lilacs when they are flowering - I'll bet it is spectacular! I can see the potential in that shot especially.

  22. What a beautiful child you have! I enjoyed the 'visit' to your area of the country. I am in Florida but originally from the North... I can feel the cold and smell the scent of melting ice and coming Spring!

  23. thanks Alicia for such a great journey! your pictures are such a wonder of possibilities as the spring begins!

  24. What a wonderful day and thank you so much for sharing the possibilities with us. You are so lucky to leave that close to a lilac garden. They are my favorite flower as they always take me back to my Gram's house when I was a kid.

  25. WOW! awesome post and pics, Alicia. It sounds like you had a perfect day with your son. You sure did find endless possibilities.

  26. Thank you, ladies - as usual I love you visiting and stopping by for a chat :) I appreciate your comments and your kindness!

  27. Sorry I am late to posting, but life gets in the way sometimes. Loved your day with William and your beautiful photos, thanks for taking us along.

  28. What a wonderful journey - yes full of endless possibilities. Funny - I saw a goose's head


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