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For Ukraine

We live in such troubled uncertain times. I know I’ve been feeling variously distressed, heartbroken, and powerless.

And so I offer this post of beauty. I hope you can immerse yourself for a few moments in the beauty of nature, and that it can help, even just a little. 

Into the heart of a wild rose

The view from the observation tower at Reifel Bird Sanctuary looking towards the Salish Sea

At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough.
Toni Morrison

Golden hour at Jericho Beach Park

Summer flowers in VanDusen Garden

Summer flowers in VanDusen Garden

Beauty reassures us that goodness is still real in the world, more real than harm, or scarcity, or evil.… Beauty is such a gentle grace……We often sigh in the presence of beauty as it begins to minister to us — a good, deep soul-sigh.
John Eldredge

The lake in VanDusen Garden

Lovelock sculpture in Queen Elizabeth Park

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.
Rachel Carson

Beauty is the affirmation of life.
Piero Ferrucci

Looking towards the North Shore mountains from the top of the hill in Queen Elizabeth Park

Sunlight through Autumn leaves

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
William Shakespeare

Sunlight through a flowering laburnum tree, VanDusen Garden

Golden hour on the Fraser River

A fairy glade in Ruckle Park, Salt Spring Island

Beauty: the invisible embrace
John O’Donohue

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.
Gerard de Nerval

For Ukraine

All photos were taken in or near Vancouver, Canada, on the the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples (Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, and Musqueam)

All words and images by Alison Louise Armstrong unless otherwise noted
© Alison Louise Armstrong and Adventures in Wonderland – a pilgrimage of the heart, 2010-2022.