salmon run

In “The Last Neanderthal”, a novel by Claire Cameron that I am currently reading, isolated Neanderthal families meet at a waterfall in the summer for the salmon run. It is an opportunity to fish, socialize and mate.

Summer meeting place

Neanderthals gather

at the waterfall

Bears also attend and the two species allow each other a respectful distance.

Intrigued by the idea of bears catching salmon in a waterfall, I found this YouTube video showing a brown bear fishing at Brook Falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska:

Autumn salmon run

annual fishing event

hosted by grizzlies


I couldn’t resist also sharing the Wikipedia paragraphs, below. They describe how salmon and bears have a significant impact on local ecology (the fascinating web of life):

In the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, salmon is a keystone species, supporting wildlife from birds to bears and otters.[62] The bodies of salmon represent a transfer of nutrients from the ocean, rich in nitrogen, sulfur, carbon and phosphorus, to the forest ecosystem.

Grizzly bears function as ecosystem engineers, capturing salmon and carrying them into adjacent wooded areas. There they deposit nutrient-rich urine and faeces and partially eaten carcasses. It has been estimated that bears leave up to half the salmon they harvest on the forest floor,[63][64] in densities that can reach 4,000 kilogramse per hectare,[65] providing as much as 24% of the total nitrogen available to the riparian woodlands.[3] The foliage of spruce trees up to 500 m (1,600 ft) from a stream where grizzlies fish salmon have been found to contain nitrogen originating from fished salmon.[3]

—quoted from Wikipedia

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Inspiration for this post: Haikai Challenge #41 waterfall

shoreline view

Splash pad in Coronation Park, Oakville

Last week we travelled several hundred kilometres to take one of our dogs for a dental surgery in Oakville, a suburban town in southwestern Greater Toronto. The sun was scorching hot and the humidex was high, but waiting in air-conditioned places was not an option as our second dog was with us. Our solution: a shaded leashless dog park followed by a parking spot under a generous maple tree near Lake Ontario.

We saw children shrieking with delight on a modern splash pad with multiple sprays that they swivelled and aimed or ran under. A beach and the silver expanse of the Great Lake shimmered below.

lakeshore to the east

concealed by a smog-white shroud

Toronto towers


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bench in the park


park bench

evening meditation

with geese


in a line

gazing at eternity

a winged flock


moving as one

from shore to lake to sky



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In a recent post at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Chevrefeuille shares a photo and haiku about a favourite park bench near his home. This inspired me to share these recent photos taken at a favourite park bench near my home.

The final haiku uses the word ‘interbeing’, a word coined by Thich Nhat Hahn, referring to the interconnectedness or interdependence of all life and phenomena.  I am linking this post to Frank Tassone’s Haikai Challenge #40 Independence where independence and interdependence are the themes.

In the sunlight, a troiku

in the sunlight

grass crackles underfoot

purple stems shimmer


in the sunlight

tropical herbs rejoice

basil leaves thicken


grass crackles underfoot

long-rooted vines flash yellow

moisture found deep below


purple stems shimmer

the wild palette of summer

transformed in sunlight


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Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #40 Troiku Challenge “a distant mountain”

this Canada Day weekend 2018

Canada Day long weekend marks 151 years from July 1st, 1867 when three colonies of the British Empire merged into one Dominion called ‘Canada’. I remember it being called ‘Dominion Day’ before 1982, the year Canada claimed its Constitution as its own…from that year onward legal ties with the United Kingdom were cut and only the Canadian parliment would be able to amend the constitution. Canada also adopted a Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982. I remember that part most of all…but getting back to Canada Day 2018…it’s a summer party, a long weekend celebration in parks and backyards… barbecues, ice cream, marshmallows, corn on the cob, red and white flags, t-shirts and hats, tacky red sugar flags on donuts, swimming, slip and slides, booze, bonfires and fireworks and a HEAT WAVE … a spike of heat and humidity not felt for a long time.

We partied Saturday night and now I write, freshly showered after watering the garden, sitting beside the comfort of a fan. Staying cool is essential these days with temperatures melting equanimity…I try to not dwell on how Prime Minister Trudeau and President Trump either deny or dabble with climate change treaty commitments. President Trump decided to add excitement to the international trade arena… he recently introduced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and this weekend, as a Canada Day present, our Prime Minister announced Canada’s ‘retaliatory tariffs’…sounds like a trade war to me…Happy Canada Day!  Happy Independence Day!  Let’s hope this tariff chest thumping is only a phase and that all involved will find ways to improve cooperation rather than create competition.

border trade disputes

echos of school yard fights

blood in the dust


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Wikipedia has a “Trump tariffs” article that may be of interest.  The steel and aluminum tariffs are directed at imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.