No pattern, no plan, no landscape design – random acts of man, of critters, of nature.
Nature works here, now, always.
Living things (life-spans so short – need miniscule description) – our lifeexpectancy, giga-second (100 years). I like attoseconds (one quintillionth of one second) – short, but compared to earth’s age, our life spans one quintillionth (I may be out one or two quintillionths).
Not to say we don’t matter.
Just, we don’t matter very long.
Dead composers, dead painters, dead writers – good ones – they last.
Brilliant folk, in sciences and worthy endeavours – great ones, their legacy survives, their body of work has value, albeit diminishing every attosecond, which survives.
Rest of us, can simply be good composters. The ultimate recycling …
Not being morbid. Consider for a moment, every drop of water, every breath of air, every atomic particle on earth has been here from the beginning (OK, yes, a few asteroids and meteors have come to visit).
Otherwise: every breath taken, breathed many times before by dinosaurs, by early man, every glass of water has flowed in every river and melted in every snowcap …
Every part of us, previously part of someone else, somewhere else, every person who ever perished – parts for every one of us, for living, for thriving. Long as we can.
Living life for self-interest – we miss reality of our insignificance – texture, appreciating how short-lived we are – how large/long natures is, these grande places made of seismic events, eroded valleys where rivers runs through - never more vivid that when I spend time among mountains.
Living so close, seeing them most every day, we take so easily for granted.
P.S.: thanks to so many who made my day – you wrote/called – and special thanks to SB, dinner at the Grizzly House was fantastic – an annual pilgrimage which rejuvenates as much as does the views, the Upper Hot Springs, or visiting The Fudgery
written / published from Coast Hotel, Canmore, AB (many thanks to MH @ Coast for making great arrangements)
morning walk: 9C/48F, calm, sun bathing rows of magnificent peaks that make this valley – like crosscut saws of rock – sky perfect blue. The only critters encountered were shivering tourists feeling the chill as they walked in shadows, in shorts!
Banff for your birthday. Beautiful place to bring in a new year filled with hopes and dreams coming true. I do wish for a year filled with surprises and expectations being met beyond your wildest dreams. Happy, happy, joy, joy!!! Enjoy getting older as the alternative is not at all what we think it will be. GW, Bon Wier, Tx.
Happy Birthday!, DW, Nanton, AB
Happy B-day Mark and all the best for the year ahead. I would like to catch up but work, thankfully has kept me fully engaged! Talk soon, MK, Calgary, AB
Happy birthday Mark! And thanks for the inspiring pieces!, AP, Calgary, AB
Good morning Mark, remiss of me not to have contacted you sooner but I have been so busy with getting ready for the 2nd leg of my hike, https://ca.opportunity.org/groups/peterthorpe, that I have had no time to golf. Yikes, what is that all about! I’m flying out to the UK this weekend and will not be back until after the September long weekend. Could I ask you to suspend me from receiving your musings until that time please Mark. Upon my return I will contact you to see if I can get you back out to Water Valley for golf and then dinner, all on my tab this time!! Kind regards and thanks, PT, Calgary, AB
Happy birthday to you my friend. Also enjoyed todays muse. JJ, Calgary, AB
Happy Birthday Mark!!! , DB, Calgary, AB
Happy Birthday my friend. I hope you are enjoying the ride. By following your Musings I do know that you improve with age – I guess that is called wisdom (and you wear it well). Take care, KK Calgary AB, Calgary, AB
Happy Birthday, Mark! Wishing you a wonderful start to your new year!, MN, Fort Worth, TX
Hey Happy Birthday Mark! Enjoy your day in Banff! Best wishes for the best year ever! , SM, Calgary, AB
Have a great day. Next year they will call you "old feller", BB, Vancouver, BC