With the extremely hot weather continuing, here in Interior BC, I’ve been trying to conjure up “cool” images and stories to feel a bit better.
This lovely memory from long ago, came to mind…
It was early spring, on a beautiful Sunday morning in Saskatchewan, where I was born. I was a teenager at the time; walking home from church (yes, I went every week… rules were rules) through the park that was across from our family home.
As I looked into the distance, I saw a bright red “splotch” in the deep and freshly fallen snow. At first, I was frightened, fearing the red to be blood. Slowly and cautiously I approached, not knowing what I would find. And then, the most amazing thing happened. There was movement in the snow!
The “splotch” was actually a tiny red cardinal!
Cardinals are very rarely seen on the Prairies. I had never seen one before that day, only in photos. It was truly a most amazing sight and one I will never forget.
The little bird had obviously gotten off course somehow. I worried that this tiny cardinal was hurt, sitting so still and for what seemed like several minutes, there in the snow.
I leaned down and patted it’s beautiful head. Then the cardinal started to walk around a bit, slowly but surely. And then suddenly, soared up into flight!
What a glorious sight! I ran the rest of way home to tell of my “adventure” and for once, my dad was suitably impressed! It took quite a bit to get his attention on most days. I only wished I had had a camera with me to capture the moment, but “who knew” I was going to have such a sighting that day.
I was fortunate to find this beautiful cardinal photo on Flickr to share with you.
So back to my thoughts of cooler images and a break in the weather.
We are not ravaged by BC forest fires yet (hopefully won’t be) but we are in the extreme fire danger zone right now. We need rain badly.
To all the brave firefighters, working around the clock in the Kelowna area (a couple of valleys away from us and too close for comfort) you have my highest regard. The courage and commitment shown by the hundreds of workers battling these horrendous fires, is nothing short of amazing.
How tragic that all three fires burning very near the City of Kelowna are thought to be due to human error.
Photo: courtesy of Flickr