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Hey everyone! First of all, just a brief note about the events in the world this week. Although I am deeply interested in politics, I almost never talk about it online because I cannot physically tolerate all of the divisiveness it stirs up. Our world is going crazy right now and our future is very uncertain. North America is divided as we have never seen it before. 

We are divided by our beliefs and by who we trust. There is a feeling of antagonism in the air and for those of us who have a sensitive nature, it can be deeply disturbing. One of my Facebook contacts this week said that it made her want to go look at some landscape pictures. Well, that's why I bring you this blog. 

For me, looking at the beauty of God's creation is one of the things that helps bring the peace back into my heart. In nature, I am reminded that God loves me enough to bring up the sun every day so I can live another twenty-four hours. I see his whimsy in the flowers, his power in the wind and his intellect in the structure of the seasons.

This week, having been stuck to my laptop, I was almost faint from missing fresh air and trees and water. So, last night I ventured out into the "outside world" and away from my writing cave, holding the hand of my incredible husband. By the time we got out, the sun was falling fast but we were still able to get our fill of these beautiful sandbars that extended over 30 feet from the shore. 

I can never resist a sandbar. The sand was squishy and wet but so exciting -- a beach where there is usually none. Even though it was already dusk, you could still see the reflections of the shoreline in the water, still as a cat waiting to pounce on its prey.

We quickly scurried home, content at having made it for at least a brief interlude into the wild.  Having ventured out, I was now determined to get out the next day, too.

After church the next day, my incredible husband offered to go for a quick walk to Hillside Beach. The water was loud and ferocious with huge whitecaps, a sharp contrast to the serenity of the water the night before.

The beach in the fall has its own charm, with the splendid colours showcasing the bare bones of our tall friends.

Finally, to top off an amazing afternoon stroll, we explored the nearby forests. I am eager to take full advantage of this fall weather as long as it lasts, each day a gift in the face of the knowledge that winter's cold edge could take over at any time.

In our travels, we even discovered a hidden beach, far from the prying eyes of the public, filing away another place on our list of locations to scout.

Finally, one black and white shot that showcases the shapes of the trees, bending towards one another with a sense of community. It says in Isaiah (in the Bible) that the trees of the field will break forth with joy. On days like today, it is not hard to imagine. To all my Canadian friends, Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you have joy and thankfulness this weekend!

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Today, my walk was in the afternoon after returning my books to the library. I was a little disappointed that the sun disappeared, just as I got out to finally shoot some photos, but I had to adjust.

The underbrush of this forest is so dense in some places -- making it look very chaotic and messy, almost like a living room that has been ransacked by a thief.

In other parts of the forest, however, it is neat and tidy, as if a very good housekeeper maintains the order. There are very few dead trees and all of the live ones keep a polite distance from one another.

One gets a feeling of spaciousness and openness in this part of the forest. There are man-made paths but even beyond the paths, there is so much room to walk freely, almost like it was created for us take our daily jaunts. I do not know how long these trees have been here but it appears as if they have been planted very deliberately. 

Even with a cloudy sky, the colours are absolutely breathtaking. I hope it lasts for a few more days before the October winds come along and blow away all the leaves.

It has been so nice to see a few visitors on the blog. I missed you! I am still having trouble getting my emails to work and am not sure why it still shows as coming from "second marriage." Please bear with me as I try to figure this out. This old blog needs some work, too, but it will come in time.

Take care ... It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving will soon be upon us! Time keeps racing on in this crazy old world.

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Hi everyone!

I wanted to apologize if you received yesterday's email and it was a bit confusing. I haven't sent any emails from this blog for over a year and for some reason, it had the wrong label on it (from my other blog on marriage.) I did not see this until after it was sent this morning but again, sorry for the confusion.

So, I will be trying to post these whenever I have time, which might end up pretty often. If it is too much, feel free to unsubscribe. I just love sharing the beauty I see out here in our little place in the woods. If the pictures bring you joy, that makes me happy.

Today, my walk did not happen until the end of the day but it definitely was worth it.  I was busy on the computer when my gorgeous husband said "we need to go now if we are going to catch it." So, we quickly got ready and ran out the door to chase the sunset. That day went by so fast!

We live in an area that has close access to several beaches along Lake Winnipeg and Lester Beach is one of my favourites. We had missed going here all summer, so it was a delight to see the long stretch was still so walkable. No matter what time of year you come, you always seem to see a few people walking, usually with a dog or two. Tonight was no exception.

 We got there about 7:00 p.m. and the sun was still in the sky. Within about five minutes, it had fallen quickly, forming a nice round ball right on the horizon line.

The soft orange was intoxicating, lighting up the boats out for some autumn fishing.

I was going crazy with shooting pictures.  I couldn't help myself! I especially love these reflections on the low water and sandbars.

A perfect moment of glory before night slowly ascends.

Even as we drive away, that glory still remains in the sky, determined to give us more and more beauty.

Finally, almost home now, fifteen minutes later, there is still a stubborn remnant of orange lighting up the forest.

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Well, I'm back! With a change in pace...I have decided to try this blog again. If you are getting this blog by email, please excuse me for showing up unannounced in your inbox.

You subscribed to me a while back and then I abandoned this blog. Now, I am back and ready to go, at least for now. I will share more of my plans for the blog in the weeks to come but for now, hi again.  I hope we can become re-acquainted. If you are shocked at receiving this email and wish to unsubscribe, I will not be offended whatsoever. I will be sharing my walks with you, with some talk about God and perhaps a bit of cooking. If that appeals to you, stick around. If that doesn't sound like your cup of Red Rose, no problemo.

This was my walk this morning. I had been a bit in the dumps and stayed up all night working on writing-related things. The hidden blessing, of insomnia, though, if you play it right, is that you get to watch the sun rise. I went out at 7:15 but just missed whatever display there might have been for the day. It was still so lovely, though. The water so still it seemed to be an extension of the land.

The hidden beach was there and I could not help but follow its path, a narrow ridge along the rocky shore of Lake Winnipeg. I absolutely adore the rich colours of contrasting browns and blues, with a splash of autumn tree blossoms. I could just eat this up!

And these textures! I can't get enough, to tell you the truth. After feellng in the dumps the last few days, this walk did me good. As Alaniss Morrisette sang, "A Change'll Do You Good." I feel the closest to the God of the Universe during these moments with his creation. I don't know how anyone could hold unto their atheism after spending an hour in the fresh air of his magnificently designed beauty. This truly lifts my spirit to the heavens.  I hope  you have a wonderful day, and get outside, even just for a few minutes!

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