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November sun turns everything to ice cold gold…

There is time enough to write of election politics, and tomorrow I’ll post my 24Hrs column, but late this afternoon the brilliant November sun beckoned and so was the need to escape the city for a bit. One of the most magnificent places to be at this time of the year, on a day like this, is the George C. Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Ladner. There are many places to be alone with ones thoughts,decompress and simply be present in the moment. Thousands of snow geese are in the surrounding fields and can fill the air with a din unlike anything you’ve ever heard and hundreds of varieties of migrating birds are sure to delight the eyes.

Forget politics for a bit. Head on out there while the sun shines.

“…Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”
― Mary Oliver

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  1. the pictures are fabulous. as the lower mainland becomes more crowded these special places will become even more special, but also more crowded. And to think any of it could be covered it tar, so make a profit for china and christie and stevie’s friends. we ought to enjoy it while we can. it won’t always be this beautiful, especially once the b.c lieberals start their land sale, just like el gordo did. he sold a park just as beautiful in the Comox Valley, Lannan Woods, to one of those “friendly” types. The buyer, the owner of Crow Isle, Coulson, clear cut it, sold the logs and made back the money and the rest of us were out of a park.

    With no money coming in, wait for the b.c. lieberals to start their sale of crown lands. it is rumoured they sold the ambulance station in the West End of Vancouver. Don’t know if its true, to whom, if it is, or for how much and where will the ambulance service go?

    So we ought to enjoy the beauty while we have it. thank you for the fabulous pictures.


  2. Beautiful day, beautiful pictures. Makes me wish even more that I had a sense of directions so I could roam off on my own but that will never happen. Ann Landers once said if you’re not born with a sense of direction it isn’t something you can learn, It makes me very limited in where I can go and what I can do.
    Glad you took time to yourself and enjoyed it so much, you deserve the break. Me, I’ll just look at your wonderful pictures and wish!

    Thanks again on keeping us up on the election stuff.


  3. The Reifel Reserve is a great place to be on a day like yesterday. Another good meditating place in Delta is the Delta Nature Reserve in North Delta. It’s a bit difficult to find. You have to go to the back of the Planet Ice Hockey Rink (10388 Nordel Court, Delta) and take the brick path and turn left and then right under the Nordel Way overpass. Follow the Lower Cougar Canyon Creek for about 10 minutes to the first boardwalk. This boardwalk is built, funded and maintained by the Burns Bog Conservation Society. This also the area where the Society gives great guided field trips and fantastic summer day camps.(English & French). Sorry about the bragging but someone has to do it!


    • Hey it’s fine with me Eliza,I love Burns Bog!! The only thing I would add is for visitors to wear rubber boots or hiking boots when it’s wet, and be very careful on the boardwalk to stay on the metal mesh as the wood gets quite slippy at this time of year! 🙂


  4. One other thing, if you visit the Delta Nature Reserve, be careful at the conjunction of the South Fraser Perimeter Road err Highway 17, and Nordel Way. It is confusing. Just keep your eye out for the ESSO Gas Station and Tim Horton’s and head for it. That’s where Nordel Court meets Nordel Way.


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