Yesterday, I took a walk along Campbell Valley Regional Park’s south trail. I wanted to clear my mind of debris, caused by years of reckless abandon. I was feeling happy because I would be on a film set on Friday morning. It’s a commercial and my first acting gig of the year.
It is also my first role as a grandfather, which is difficult to portray when you feel and act like a forty-year-old. The scene takes place in the kitchen of a home. I was looking forward to meeting the actress, who is playing the grandmother. Maybe we’ll know each other from a previous project?
And no, Spanky, it is not a commercial for Viagra.
Anyway, back to my story about the walk.
There’s something about walking in this park during winter when it’s dreary. And I don’t mind walking in light rain or if it’s foggy. I had walked down the hill from the South Valley parking lot, but I didn’t recognize the area. The park is vast, and there are numerous trails throughout the conservation area.
And what I viewed was magical! The moss on the trees created a mystical reminder of some enchanted forest in a fairy tale.
I packed a small ziplock bag with some sunflower chips that I use for my bird feeders at home. I was hoping to attract some birds, like Chickadees, Nuthatches, to my outstretched hand.
I noticed that someone had placed some mixed seeds on the ground, but I didn’t see any birds nearby. However, I could hear them – so I excitedly put some seeds in one hand and held my cellphone camera in the other.
I took two short videos of the birds eating from my outstretched hand.
I wish that I could express the excitement stirring in my heart. Feeling their tiny feet grasping my fingers while they ate. It made me feel loved, just like my dog, Holly Golightly does.
If you’re feeling lonely, why not go for a walk in the forest? Or take your children and let them connect with Nature. It will be something they’ll never forget.
I’m going to be walking there again on Saturday morning – rain or shine! Want to join me? Drop me a line or give me a call. I’ll be parking at the south gate on 8th Avenue. Don’t bring any seeds – I have plenty to share with you and the birds.
On Sunday, my buddy Reg and I are going to North Van to walk with our friends in the Vancouver ‘Venturers walking club. I’m going to bring a bag of seeds with me.
Dedicated to Nature
Today’s tune from Danny’s library (purchased):