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Prox·im·i·ty ….

Proximity is defined as “the nearness of space, time or relationship”. There’s something truly remarkable about spending time in wild places and being in proximity to wild things. Our time spent in those environments offers two uniquely distinct and opposing perspectives depending on why you make the choice to go there. One viewpoint is the escape from an often-stressful life and the demands of living and working in a modern society. The other perspective is the proximity to a beautiful and natural world that offers an engagement with wild environments and wild things. For me, it’s more of the latter perspective rather than the former. While I enjoy being off the grid, I enjoy the proximity to nature and the beauty it displays in the form of brook trout, wildflowers, and forests. Sometimes you can feel the closeness of wild things that are often unseen but sensed. This week’s image is from a stream valley I visited last weekend. I really didn’t want to leave it at the end of the day. I’m glad to have connected with a number of its brightly speckled locals and to admire trout lilies, trillium and fiddle heads. I still wonder what might have been watching me from the darkness of that den above me. Till next week …..


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