This massive steel structure takes on a life of its own by comparison of the 15-20 foot tall trees which hover slightly above its base. While not a literal Bridge of sorts, its lattice intricacies remind me of one. Then again, it also reminds me of an alien-like force to be reckoned with akin to something out of a sci-fi movie. However, I don’t think good old Will Smith or Tom Cruise would care to blow this one up. It just might strike back!!!
While this tree isn’t likely to blossom anytime soon, I will gladly keep its view in focus any day. When out camping a couple of weekends ago, my husband and I scored this picturesque lakefront scene from our stall. It was truly magnificent to wake up to and bask in all of nature’s wonders right on our very doorstep–the white-etched, diagonal clouds against the blue sky, the lightly rippled water, the tree’s perfect reflection thanks to its imperfect placement. All I know is that reliving this picture makes me want to go back and savour the beauty of it all over again. Oh, wait a minute…no need to wish, we will be there again this weekend, as we welcome summer officially;-).
Camping is spiritually, socially, emotionally and physically re-awakening for my soul! It just is. Plain and simple. As soon as we hit the road, the longing inside me to be ‘at one with nature’ is immediately soothed. The fresh, clean air, the familiar chirping sounds, the soft rustling of leaves, our roaring campfires–all of it comes back to me like a favourite, childhood blanket that is most certainly welcome after the long winter’s lull.
There is something significant about the first road trip of the season, as pictured above, when we get to officially declare that we are free from the white, snowy, cold thralls of Mother Nature to engage in her softer, greener side. Well, kinda….the truth is that there have been many a May Long Weekend here in Canada when I have camped in the snow and cold, but this past weekend was a glorious one full of warm temperatures and sparkling sunlight. It was truly a beaut! And, the best part of our camping trip was that it was, once again, shared with loved ones and friends at our family lake lot–the proverbial cherry on top, if you will, as I am silently grateful that we are all here and healthy enough to enjoy another summer together camping and fishing. While our first outing is freshly behind us, already a memory to be treasured, I eagerly await the next trip soon to be enjoyed.
The images in my rearview mirror are sharper than before and my windshield is more wide open than ever!
One of the things that we love about travelling is that you can find inspiration in the simplest of places. During our last stay in Las Vegas at the Wynn Hotel, our room had a replica print of Picasso’s ‘Head of a Woman’ and I was in awe at how simplistic, yet expressive the lines are/were. It was then that I decided that I would someday soon try emulating his genius work. Given that my drawing skills lack more than lustre, I knew that I was delving into dangerous territory, but nonetheless here is a comparison of his work and my own.
Not too shabby of an attempt if I do say so myself, but certainly some room for improvement. (Clearly, the mouth gave me the most difficulty.) The good news is that in choosing to draw a Picasso, one cannot go too far wrong given that his portraits, in particular, were well-known for having distorted features leaving amateurs like me to feel somewhat successful, even with some evident faux-pas. While this illustration likely won’t make it on our living room wall, its essence is rooted in, “Never say never!”