How many of us recall the pleasures of our youth, romping and rolling or even just walking in the fresh white snow? On very cold days, the snow would crunch and even squeak beneath our boots. Did you ever catch snowflakes on your tongue? Or watch amazed how each snowflake could differ in size and shape? I do believe that we can all relate can we not?
Living in the Northwest Territories, despite the many challenges, especially during Winter, is truly living in a wonderland. Even with the longer nights, the full moon will light the ground, shimmering reflections caught in the diamonds of snow light your path. Especially beautiful are the natural sculptures created amongst the trees, their barren boughs bathed in huge snowflakes and ice crystals, bending with the weight to form archways and a dreamlike wilderness.
One of the many things, perhaps the most important thing that I have learned since moving to the North, is to put aside the timetables and schedules each day, to take a moment to present to myself a gift so incredibly beautiful that it has rekindled a spirit once lost so long ago in the traffic jams and hustle of life back home in Ontario.
I love to share with you the photos and the videos I take, so that you as well will see the beauty that abounds here, so that you can share in that tranquil moment that we all need, but too often deny ourselves.
These photos and short videos were taken January 6, 2013 just behind my own property.
My time with LOKI, as his followers know, is very precious and this day was just as special as the very first day and all days in between. Laying in the snow myself along side of him, only two feet from him while taking the photos and videos of him enjoying his caribou, once again shows the incredible bond and trust that we share.
I hope you will enjoy this collage. Close your eyes and imagine the clean fresh crisp winter air, the total silence, and don’t forget to taste those snowflakes.
Now to join Loki for a Sunday afternoon together.