Hands up how many of you recognize this scene? I photograph it every time I pay a visit home. Unless it's pouring rain, that is, which is quite common. Funny that I still think of Vancouver as home though I've been living out east for about 25 years. When I see the mountains and the sea and feel the dampness in the air it just feels "homish" to me. Alas, I am now but a visitor to these parts.
Because I haven't lived here in so many years, there are things that I'm unfamiliar with mixed in with the comforting sights. When I started off down the path in the picture above, I believed I was embarking on a shortcut home. I've strolled along it before but today I discovered new connections to it that led me through a quite densely forested area, along a nicely paved path that I'd never explored. As with many shortcuts we take in life, it proved full of unexpected detours and worrying sections where I wondered if I was still going in the right direction, or if someone was going to jump out and threaten me, or if I would even end up where I had hoped to be.
But with shortcuts and detours along one's path, pleasant surprises can often pop out at you. Although I emerged at a point that was still a good climb away from my destination, I was rewarded with another lovely, typically west coast view.
*****There you go, my dears--postcards from home. There will be more, I promise. I'll try to keep in touch with you a little more regularly now that I have a homebase with easy internet access. However, I'm working from my mother's computer and it doesn't have all the bells and whistles I'm used to, making even the resizing of my ginormous photo files problematic. Please don't give up on me!
I'll be back around to visit and check up on what you've been up to soon, soon.