poetry and prose about place

natural treasures – gems from a day in early spring

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After a wet spring, we were not certain when we would be able to reach our camp this year. Although the snow is gone, we don’t want to risk getting stuck or damaging our lane.


just a week ago there was still snow on the road and the ruts we could see were very spongy


We were so happy when we were able to drive all the way to our cabin door. We did a bit of tidying, put markers at the base of the little cedars we lost in the tall grass last fall and my husband did some clipping of trees over-growing the road.



I did a small display of two of the treasures we found last year, a big pine cone and a chunk of pinkish stone.  But I can’t display the best treasures of the day:

  • the back and forth banter of two Barred Owls. This is the big owl who calls ‘Who cooks for you?’
  • the tremolo of a Common Loon on the lake. The tremolo is one of at least four distinctive vocalisations from this bird. The vibrating ‘who-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo’ is usually a call to warn of intruders or to announce arrival at a lake.
  • the ‘I love dear Canada, Canada, Canada’ of the White-throated Sparrow or the nasal ‘fee-bee’ of the Eastern Phoebe.


I love our trips to our cabin and the treasures offered to us by nature every time we visit.



Hope you are enjoying the spring season.

All my best,








Written by jane tims

May 2, 2018 at 7:00 am

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  1. I’ve been loving listening to the birds, too. Especially now that we can open the windows. Your cabin looks like the perfect spot to enjoy the natural world.

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    Barbara Rodgers

    May 3, 2018 at 7:58 am

    • Hi Barbara. Yes, we love it there. We always see or hear something special from nature. The sound of the wind through the pines is perfect all by itself.


      jane tims

      May 3, 2018 at 2:38 pm

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