A Little Wild Life for the Soul

Phlox by Spencer Creek - June 2014-KPFor me, nature has always been my temple; the place I turn to, to quiet my mind and centre my self.  When I am having a bad day, or feeling a little off-centre, a walk in a wild place can stop the busy chatter in my head, slow my heart rate, take me down me into my body, and lift my spirits.

Electrical Line Transecting Spencer Creek-June 2014-KPFor the last few years, my favourite wild place has been the Spencer Creek Trail; a small trail that runs from the Canadian Tire to the McMaster University parking lot.  The trail runs beside the creek, through a marsh that is bounded by the escarpment on the north side and a busy roadway on the south side.  The creek flows into the Hamilton Harbour which has been home to two steel plants for the last 6 to 7 decades.  Despite all of those human encroachments, this little trail is full of wild life.

Beaver in Spencer Creek, June 2014-KPWhen I walked there tonight: there were Kingfishers flying along the creek; Yellow Warblers and Song Sparrows were calling from the bushes; and a Robin was feeding on the trail.  A male Deer with antlers coated in fuzz was feeding in the marshland. I caught sight of a Raccoon climbing a fallen tree.   And I spotted a Beaver chewing on a branch in the creek and then followed it as it swam downstream in the tea-brown water.

Spencer Creek, June 2014-KPWhere this trail was grey and brown and barren just two months ago, tonight it was bursting with fresh green foilage. The trees, bushes and vines are full of leaves; the marsh is full of grasses and reeds; the trail is lined with wild flowers.  The breeze carried the fragrance of sweet grass and wild flowers.  I felt every cell in my body waking; all my senses coming to life.    I moved along the path feeling alert and alive; smiling and joyful. This little patch of wilderness in the midst of a big, industrial town.  What a gift for the soul.

About kp

I am a woman and a mother, a sister and a wife. I have called myself a socialist and a feminist, an environmentalist and an activist, a pagan and an atheist. But, at this stage in my life, none of these labels feel right. I am searching; trying to find an inner calm; trying to make peace with life's disappointments; trying to answer the big questions in my own small life.
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2 Responses to A Little Wild Life for the Soul

  1. What a gift indeed Kim. And there is no better gift than to give one’self the freedom to explore and breathe in its wonder. What a beautiful spot hidden among the modern day world you have to take a walk.
    Nature is so healing and will always adapt and find ways to thrive among the chaos we put out.

    I am happy your soul was revived and refreshed.
    You certainly made my morning as I read and looked at your photo’s. Thank you. Enjoy your Day xxx
    Love Sue x0x

  2. I feel the strength and power of this place simply from your pictures/words. Thank you for sharing. Even seeing something like this, if we don’t experience it directly, gives us a sense of hope and peace.

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