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Sunday, September 16, 2007


I love these trees. There's something very northern European about them. At least as I imagine northern Europe to be for I have never been. Why it doesn't make me think of northern Canada I'm quite unsure.
I think of fairytales and elves. Margaret Wise Brown's Little Fur Family.

Mittens, mushrooms, molasses.
Snowshoes and cross country skies, porridge and cream.

Crusty rye bread, cranberries, cast iron kettles.
Pipes, tobacco, beards and big boots.


Blogger Rachel said...

It's a friendly looking sort of forest. Our dark, wet forests on the coast scare me a wee bit!

16 September 2007 at 19:11  
Blogger Sonya said...

Take me to your forest. Please. :)

16 September 2007 at 21:11  
Blogger Ace said...

The forest is very beautiful. I will have to travel around to confirm whether it is indeed Europeanish or not.

I don't think London is, from the photos I have (up on London Odyssey). I've moved house again after coming back from home (with camera) and have been at the new place for a I expect to be blogging again.


17 September 2007 at 10:54  
Anonymous Captain Cat said...

Hey, these are indeed very European looking woods! They remind me a little of that part of the woods my Dad and I would go mushroom hunting in (like you have to "hunt" for mushrooms - they tend to cower at the foot of trees, easy prey for any skilled mushroom hunter), in the Czech Republic, before venturing into the darker pine forests to seek out different types of mushrooms. In Russia, the woods are very similar to these except they are mostly birch trees. I have just realised how ridiculous that sounds. Russia is vast and no doubt is home to every possible species of tree on the planet. Well almost. The point is, these woods do look rather European. I would love to amble through the woods in Canada though, if anything for the chance to spot a bear. I went hiking in Bulgaria once, really just to try to find a bear. No luck of course. If you spot one, pleeeeaaase take a picture for me, then RUN. Actually, forget the picture, just run. I can't think of anything more exciting and terrifying than being chased by a bear. I'll shut up now.

17 September 2007 at 14:15  
Blogger emilyruth said...

so it...very ansel adams:)

17 September 2007 at 15:57  
Blogger Mindy said...

I have an idea! Why don't you visit me in Germany, and we'll go find a forest to walk in. Then you will know for sure.

17 September 2007 at 19:02  
Blogger villagegirl said...

Oh my goodness! That's exactly what I think of when looking at those pictures! It is a pretty forest indeed. I'm quite sure it was in forests like these that fairytales were made.
I'm with Rachel. Ours are a tad frightening.

17 September 2007 at 22:14  
Blogger Colleen said...

Rachelbean! - friendly is a good word for it. Emily Carr paints a good west coast forest that doesn't seem quite so scary. I love BC forests but you're right, they can be intimidating.

Sonya - I'm glad you like it. An elf will be picking you up at half past a hair and a freckle. See you soon! :)

Ace - Europeanish is a funny looking word. And cool! re: blogging again. I've missed your blurbs.

Cat! I'm glad my suspicions have been verified. And now I have a very distinct picture of your father with a bow and arrow silently, slowly creeping up on unsuspecting mushrooms. (Does your dad look a little like Robin Hood?) The forests here are nothing like the BC forests I grew up with. The trees are considerably smaller but very hardy. The trees here grow out of the Canadian shield so although they are tiny they are wiry and strong. When our family first moved to BC we were amazed how after a storm massive trees would be uprooted and laying on their side.
And girl, there are DEFINITELY bears here, that is a certainty. I've seen one or two from the car but (thankfully) not whilst I've been wandering amongst the lichen. It's something I have to tell myself to be healthily (is that a word?) scared of because there is a high chance of meeting one here in the wild and I have a tendency to be a little bit Goldilocks about bears.
What IS it about you? I could just blab and blab and blab and bl ... :D

sweet e.r. - i am eating a very tasting berry smoothie right now and it is MOST yummy. i know that has nothin' to do with ansel (whom is wonderful) but i just wanted to tell you. :)

Mindy - that is a FANTASTIC idea. Fantastic. Wait. Aren't German forests more dark and woodsy? And aren't there trolls? I'm not fond of trolls ....

Jillian! You too, hey? Can't you just picture Little Red Riding Hood skipping through? :)
I have this picture in my living room. Emily Carr makes me adore the west coast forest.

18 September 2007 at 11:40  
Blogger Scrapnqueen said...

I love your poetic European trees. They are beautiful.

18 September 2007 at 22:17  
Anonymous Trevor Friesen said...

I'll be thinking of your crunchy leaves and cool frosty air as I smoke my pipe tonight. Then I'll think about the Napoleonic wars as I read my Patrick O'Brian book! A'vast matey, silence fore and aft!!

11 October 2007 at 15:50  
Blogger Colleen said...

Thanks, Scrap. :) I made them myself.

Trevor - no way! You came. I am so happy. And why am I now thinking of Chips Ahoy cookies? Do you know that I loves me a pipe? Ahhh. Here's a guy question for you that maybe you could help me with. Is a pipe something that I could give a certain man in my life or is it something a certain man in my life would rather choose himself? Oh how I ponder this. Within your O'Brianed brain lies the answer. I pace port to starboard awaiting thy reply.

12 October 2007 at 13:51  

any questions?

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