Saturday Snapshot: Wabi-Sabi (1)

To put in very simple terms, the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi refers to finding beauty in the withered, aging, destroyed, juxtaposing beauty and sadness.

This notion came to me in the past few days as I surveyed the ruins of the devastating flood now almost two months later. Landscapes had been altered, what once were the healthy homes of birds now destroyed. And yet, from the fallen, a sense of beauty arose.

Here are some photos I took yesterday of the area where I once saw the Merganser family. Remember those baby Mergansers wearing masks heading to the masquerade party?

This is the exact spot where I spotted them before the flood:

Where have all the Mergansers gone?

Wooded area now flattened:

Down & flooded out 1Altered landscape:

Altered landscapeDebris wrapped around tree like an armour of quiet resilience:

Debris wrapped around tree trunk

Wounded spirit:

Wounded SpiritWithered, but with colour:

WitheredBroken, but with character:

Broken, with characterMost important of all… life shooting out from the ruins:

Flowers shooting out of the ruins

Robin out in the sunDowny Woodpecker

Flicker flying out***

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Saturday Snapshot July 6: After the Flood

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What happened to the birds during the flood, I can’t say. But after the most serious flooding had passed, these were some of the sights.

Downtown view one day after the heaviest rain:

Downtown View 1 day after

The Glenmore Reservoir, two days after. Yes, that’s where our drinking water comes from. The heavy silts in the water made a peculiar sunset scene. You can see the muddy water in the foreground:

Muddy Sunset over Glenmore Reservoir

Due to flooding, the Weaselhead Natural Area was closed for some time. Two weeks after, I went to survey the aftermath:

Weaselhead Natural Area- Debris & Mud

From the mud on this bench, you can see how high the water came up to:

BenchAmong the rubbles of dead trees and debris, what I found amazed me. Do you see what I see? Look, right in the middle:

Do u c what i c?

Not just one or two, but half a dozen Cedar Waxwings frolicking among the ruins:

Cedar Waxwings frolicking

Absolute serenity:

Serene stance

Cedar WaxwingA closer look at the beautiful silky plumage:

Silky WaxwingNot just the Waxwings, hoards of Cliff Swallows joined in the natural chorus. But they were too fast for me to capture on camera. I could manage just a few shots. In most of the photos they came out too small and blurry:

Cliff Swallow

Cliff Swallow 1

Lots of Wild Roses among muddy leaves. See the bud?

See the bud?

Berries too, red defying brown:

Little red spots

And this little guy came out to greet me on the flood-swept path now dried:


As I was leaving the area, a Small Blue butterfly ensured me…

ButterflyLife goes on.


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