Gratitude for Spring and the Photographers in my Life


I love living in Ottawa and being part of Sophie and Rowan’s daily life. And I love the early spring on the West Coast.

As our mild winter is trying hard not to exit this week, I revel in the bounty of images from Rob and Gottfried that genuinely bring me the joy of their early spring. 

Perhaps because I lived there for most of my adult life, I look at these scenes and am delighted, if not transported. They add to my treasure trove of grateful moments.  

I often put Gottfried’s cherry blossoms on my banner to enjoy their lusciousness, but today, I have one of Rowan’s photos from Cinque Terre, Italy. Yes, the camera came back along with many beautiful photos.

I love this old photo of Rob’s taken a few years ago outside of his apartment in Vancouver –  a scene I never tire of since  I am smitten with water taxis and reflections.

Rob also saw the beautiful heron in Van Duesen Gardens on  Sunday.  I have much gratitude to the photographers in my life who take the time to see, capture and share with me.

This is a short and sweet post tonight, reminding myself to take note of the beauty of my surroundings and to express appreciation for the generosity of my family in showering me with spring beauty. I wish I had a way to show them all to you, especially the flowers—however, I will slip some in over time. Here, in Ottawa, we are still a few weeks away from blossoms.

Thank you for stopping by. I sincerely appreciate you all. Warmest wishes, Trudy

PS I wasn’t going to make a note tonight, but old habits are hard to break.


Note 1:) I read this on James Clear’s Atomic Habits Newsletter.

Physician Lewis Thomas on the importance of making mistakes:

“Mistakes are at the very base of human thought, embedded there, feeding the structure like root nodules. If we were not provided with the knack of being wrong, we could never get anything useful done.

We think our way along by choosing between right and wrong alternatives, and the wrong choices have to be made as frequently as the right ones. We get along in life this way. We are built to make mistakes, coded for error. We learn, as we say, by “trial and error.” Why do we always say that? Why not “trial and rightness” or “trial and triumph”? The old phrase puts it that way because that is, in real life, the way it is done.”  Source: The Medusa and the Snail






11 replies
  1. Jean
    Jean says:

    Early spring is truly beautiful on the west coast;no such thing here. Well, last week was,but still brown. Now we are having a blast of winter.kicking and screaming, as we try to show it the door. Actually, this March storm is almost a guarantee in calgary. Enjoy, whatever the weather, right?

    • T Boyle
      T Boyle says:

      Calgary has much beauty from the rivers to the mountains – so much natural magnificence. And then there is Reader Rock Garden, Bowmont Park to name just two of my favourites and the indoor Botanical Garden for year round rejuvenation. Yes, the March storm. We have one too. And still we can find those joyful moments, without relying on the uncontrollable weather. Big hugs, Trudy

  2. Sabine Kaspari
    Sabine Kaspari says:

    Hi there, dear Trudy:-) I really feel with you as at the moment I am taking picture after picture of these breathtaking beauties which descent out of nowhere and bring such joy to the eye:-) Though, of course, all seasons have their beautiful moments, spring is my absolute favourite…
    Big hug

    • T Boyle
      T Boyle says:

      Thanks Sabine. I find spring is nature’s way of encouraging us to wake up and look around. Nature’s beauty is such an important part of our lives. Thank you! Big hugs to you,Trudy

  3. Mary MacKenzie
    Mary MacKenzie says:

    Trudy, I bow in thanks to you, Rob and Gottfried for the taking and sharing of these beautiful photos. I am reminded to slow down and “smell the roses” so to speak when I look at this art. I see herons frequently but never with that angle and clarity. Amazing! Enjoying your posts as always. Hugs Mary

  4. T Boyle
    T Boyle says:

    I received a lovely note from a dear reader who was not able to post her comment so I am doing it for her. Dear Trudy, When i was going through a rough patch a few years ago you helped me see the beauty in my world by asking me to notice moments of joy every single day.
    Sometimes I forget, but I always come back to it… like yesterday. And the world’s beauty had patiently been waiting for me to open my eyes.
    Thank you for reminding us weekly of all the good in our lives.

  5. Janet Vickers
    Janet Vickers says:

    Thanks for your cheerful posts. The local is the opposite from the national news. The message to me is – our friends are our primary welfare. Its emotional and rational but not financial.

    • T Boyle
      T Boyle says:

      And in the end it really is our relationships that count the most. And what counts the most often can’t be counted. I’m with you Janet. Enjoy your island paradise. Warmly, Trudy

  6. Janice+Falls
    Janice+Falls says:

    Lovely photos selected by a woman who is herself gifted as a photographer! So far just small green shoots pushing up but soon, soon, the flowers will come – meantime, photographs are an excellent substitute. many thanks Trudy, Janice


Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *