Rainy Days on Hornby
Michael comes from a family who were fortunate enough to have a cottage in the Lake of the Woods.  For years we vacationed there in the summer and every once in a while it would rain for weeks solid.  Being cabin bound would lead to a condition called being "laked", a stir crazy feeling from being cooped up with no place to go.  Well, this summer has been especially rainy here on Hornby and yesterday the rain never stopped.  We went straight into a tailspin of the Hornby equivalent of being laked; cabin fever.  So today we took advantage of the break in the rain to get outside and went to Helliwell Park, something we almost never do in the summer because the park is so popular with vacationers.  In rare summer solitude, we marveled at the trees standing in the dappled though infrequent sunlight, the heavy wind blowing the unusually lush tall grasses into leaning, and the tide out far away from shore.  We took advantage of the missing tide to walk closer to Flora Islet than we have ever been, breathing the salt air in deeply.  A family of fellow beachcombers alerted us to a sole bull sea lion laying on the rocks and we walked to 10 feet of him, laughing as he uninterestingly sent a lazily eyeball in our direction.  I guess we are hardly worth noticing but we felt completely the opposite of him (or her).   Having gone without my camera I picked up this broken nautilus shell with the most amazing polished purple interior to share with you instead.  Once I found it I kept looking for a complete one and it wasn't until later that I realized that the imperfection of the one I found was a lesson waiting for me to rediscover.  Seeing what is front of you is better than looking for an imagined perfection that in reality doesn't exist.  In the end, cabin fever has its purposes and its profoundness after all.


Rachelle said...

Gee. You could have cheered yourselves up by coming to the Farmers Market where we had underwater transactions all afternoon! Your moonsnail is gorgeous.

Doug said...

That bull sea lion that you came up on was probably the female elephant seal that finds her way up here every summer.

Apparently, thousands of years ago they used to consider this part of the world part of their territory. Now it's an extremely rare even to have one come this far north. This is the 3rd summer she's been here.