Frosty Mornings

I am really not a morning person, but I do love the crispness of a fresh, frosty morning. This morning was one of those mornings, with the sun shining and the frost and ice sparkling like diamonds. I grabbed my camera and my wellies and went out for a walk. That time between sunrise and the thaw is perfect and you really have to jump at the chance to enjoy it because you never know how long it will last.

So, I had a quick look around my garden, watching the birds and finding some cool ice formations. Then, I ventured uphill over my farmland. The lane slippery, the mud solid and the air freezing. With every breathe, I could feel the sharpness of the cold air, but I haven’t breathed deeper than this in a long time. I wanted to take it all in, the cold, the freshness; all of the goodness. The sun was shining so strong it was blinding and of course made all photography rather difficult. After some time, my phone battery died and my camera storage was full and I was just standing there taking it all in for myself.

I was looking over the frost covered fields and hills, finding myself hoping for a glimpse of some wildlife like a fox or a rabbit, but I am not that lucky. Instead, I seemed to be surrounded by Robins and Wood Pigeons, fluttering between trees and hedgerows, which was every bit as enjoyable.

At the farthest point of my farmland, you can just see the waters of Carlingford Lough and the Cooley Mountains, and they looked mighty beautiful this morning. The water was golden from the sun and the mountains were shrouded in mist and it all looked a bit magical. Carlingford Lough is probably my favourite place in the whole world and I feel very lucky to be able to see a glimpse of it from my backyard.

As I began the journey home, I realised that my timing was perfect as the light had changed so much in a short time. I returned home with muddy wellies and a clear head. I am really glad that I started my morning with a walk outside, I aim to do this more often, (New Years resolutions and all that).

Clichรฉ or not, it was a good day to have a good day.

Solace in the City

I always have and always will prefer to be in natural landscapes over urban landscapes. So, when I find myself in an urban environment I am constantly looking for little pieces of nature peeking through. Nature gives me Solace, it calms me and this is important to find in the noisy, busy world that we live in.

The city of Calgary in Canada is a thriving metropolis and is luckily surrounded by nature on all sides. The Rocky Mountains can be seen from the city and the Bow River flows right through it. The Bow River is my favourite place to visit in Calgary, as it is always filled with nature. By only taking a few steps away from the busy streets, you can experience the solace of the river. All of the urban noises are overshadowed by the sounds of the river; the fast flowing water rushing by, the Magpies and of course the Canadian Geese. You can nearly forget your in the heart of a city if you sit there for long enough, which I think is pretty amazing.

The image displays a section of the WWI memorial found along the riverside in the Kensington neighbourhood of Calgary.