We all need intermissions

… in between movies. Get out of the dark chamber. Off the snack-littered couch. Watch the large screen Nature has to offer.

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Nothing is ‘just a sparrow’. Or, just some rocks. Here’s the true colour of the water in Lake Louise, Alberta. The famous, majestic lake you’ve probably seen on postcards or travel websites, but here you get to see the tiny sparrow by the Lake:


Blurry? Yes, so’s Monet’s paintings.

After a few days of rain, yesterday’s sunlight brought me out to the river. My heart leapt up when I saw these Pelicans preening in the morning sun:


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Makes me think of Degas’ ballerinas:


Blurry? You wouldn’t mind a bit, I bet.







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If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Creator of Ripple Effects, bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

13 thoughts on “We all need intermissions”

  1. What wonderful photos, Arti — and such apt comparisons. What you say about even the tiniest bits of nature being more than “just” this or that is equally true. The lines that came to mind when I read yours were William Blake’s:

    “To see a World in a Grain of Sand
    And a Heaven in a Wild Flower…”


  2. Oh Arti, I loved the message you are communicating in this post. Nature is the best place for an “intermission” (whenever we require one in our life) —- and your photos of the pelicans (preening ballerinas) and sparrow against the Monet-like water is beautiful!! Thank you 🙏 for your message!


    1. Thanks! Glad you enjoy them. I have a majestic photo of Lake Louise but chose not to put it here. The tiny sparrow is the main point. Thanks for your two pebbles, Heather.


    1. Ellen,

      Next time you come up to BC, come east a bit and visit Alberta. Banff and Lake Louise are must-sees. And up the scenic highway, Jasper and Columbia Icefield.


  3. I’m glad you got out of a dark screening room and into the light! That water is gorgeous and so are the birds. Love your comparisons and you’re so right about Monet!


    1. You know the collective noun for a group of swans is a ballet of swans. Although pelicans aren’t as graceful, I can still see them as avian ballerinas. And Lake Louise is a must-see.


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