“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”
– Mother Theresa
This quote was a great reminder when an unexpected road closure prevented us from reaching our initial destination. Not far from where we turned the car around the road sign pointed us to Partridge Island, a popular destination close to the Parrsboro town center and adjacent to Ottawa House by the Sea.
The sun was brightly illuminating the beach as the tide was nearing its lowest level and with a brisk wind blowing in our backs we headed for the Eco-path leading us to the top of Partridge Island. The first 200 meters is probably the hardest part as our bodies adjust to the steady incline while we modify our breathing. Once we reached “Second Wind Bench” the official hiking path began to level out and soon smaller paths led to look off points that have never disappointed!
I declined the invitation to climb down to the beach as it involved a rope and some very steep terrain. I don’t do well when it comes to heights but I am always game to find another great look off to capture the view.
Back in the densely wooded areas along the path there was more to discover. Remember, I love to stay in the moment and practice that “flash of perception” no matter where I spend time. A shaded ancient tree with wonderful bark patterns caught our attention.
And then there are always the little surprises like weathered ragged branches that fell victim to strong winds some time ago…
…and are impossible to resist when it comes to capturing just one more image.
The hiking path around Partridge Island is only about 1.5 km long and it is always great to return to the beach as we navigate the final stretch. As we arrived back near the water we took note of the low level of the tide and as always we gravitated toward the area where sand meets rocks and pebbles.
From afar it never looks that inspiring but when we refocus and pay attention to the subtleties under foot we make awe-inspiring discoveries.
I never tire of the sculptural presentations nature has to offer. It’s ours for the taking and getting up close and personal often requires good balance as we manage our cameras, a heavy backpack as well as the challenges posed by wet and slippery beach sections. We have left with clothing dripping wet from the knees down and chilly, damp toes. Those inconveniences will not deter us from exploring another beach tomorrow. As we immerse ourselves into the moment, the experience of discovery and fully appreciating what we are seeing and framing with our cameras tops any discomfort due to wet clothing or biting flies buzzing around our heads.
Wishing you “happiness in the moment”! Where is your happy place in nature? Please do share in the comments below!
Warm wishes, Anna