Sunday, November 29, 2009

Salmon run at Goldstream Park nearly over

It's a bit gruesome to witness. The salmon run at Goldstream Park is nearly over. Hundreds of salmon carcasses scattered along the river's edge will now provide food for seagulls, wolves, raccoons, and eagles. And after they've been dragged into the woods to be eaten their remains will provide nitrogen to fertilize the soil.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Garage Sale-A Lesson Learned

After weeks of purging, from attic to basement, I recently held a garage sale. Once the sale was over it was time to count the proceeds. While emptying my pockets of collected coins and bills, I discovered half a ten dollar bill. My initial reaction was to search for the other half thinking that it had probably been folded so often that it had weakened and fallen apart. I searched but didn't find the other half. It took me a while to realize what had actually happened. Someone had given me that half bill in payment. I am glad that deceit was not my first assumption. I am trusting and want to stay that way, but everything that happens has an effect and I have been trying to understand what this has taught me. I found a helpful quote.

Master Kan speaking to Grasshopper in the Kung Fu TV series:
Those who deny evil in man remain weak and defenseless.
Deal with evil through strength - but affirm the good in man through trust.
In this way, we prepare for Evil, but we encourage Good.

So I will continue to be trusting and I suppose somewhat naive, but when given a folded bill in the future, I trust I will always unfold it.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Salmon run at Goldstream Park

This year we finally arrived at Goldstream Park in time to see the salmon run that we missed last year (HERE).

The chum salmon are almost impossible to see (or photograph) since their colouring is so similar to the river's gravel bottom.

This short video makes them a bit easier to spot:

Click arrow to play video

In the end, after spawning, they will end up as food for seagulls, bear, and raccoons.

Once whatever's left starts to rot, the eagles pick up the scent and will swoop in for the leftovers.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

When you've got something to say... might be a good idea to write it out and edit before publishing otherwise, as in this case, the message may get lost.