BWCAW Canoe Trip

Recently I had the opportunity to spend several days in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  Although I have been there many times, this trip has to rank as having had the best weather I’ve ever experienced on a canoe trip.  Temps were in the mid-seventies, winds were light or nonexistent, it only rained once for just a brief but intense shower and the lakes were often like a mirror.  Come along as I revisit the route in a series of blog posts and dream of being there in person.

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Interacting

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Insect interacts with flower, photographer interacts with insect, both interacting with and part of nature.

Being One With the Flow

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Light changes

Water flows

Each moving with a rhythm tied to nature

A lesson for us to observe.

The Tenuous Edge of Seasons

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Sliding slowly toward a new state of physicality,

bonds loosen, water shifts from one state to another,

winter loses its grip and we ease into spring.

Breakfast With Ravens

On a recent early morning hike in the hills above my home, I found myself in the company of four ravens enjoying the air currents rising from below.  While standing on the rock outcropping watching their graceful flight, I was surprised when they started making close passes to where I was standing, often coming within about thirty feet of me.  In case you don’t know, ravens are several times larger than crows and are graceful in the sky.  Having one of these magnificent birds make a close pass is amazing and inspiring.  In Native and Shamanic circles, ravens can signal several things.  Here is an excerpt from one website:

It’s time for you to make changes within yourself. Embrace your true potential and become who you really are.
-Raven

If Raven comes to you:

If Raven has come visiting you it can mean any number of things. Most powerful of all is the synchronicity that Raven assures you is pending. He is a master of bending and folding time and space so that you are exactly in the right moment at the right time. As a messenger you are reminded that those around you are reflecting back at you the things you most have to learn about yourself.

Know that when Raven appears that magic is imminent. Raven is about rebirth, recovery, renewal recycling and certainly reflection and healing. He signifies moving through transitions smoothly by casting light into the darkness.