Hugh's View At Elgin Park & Earth Day Every Day

Earth Day came and went but although the official celebration was on April 22nd, every day of existence is miraculous on this blue-green gem of a globe we call home.
I didn’t know Hugh Ward who was honored with a plaque on a bench at Elgin Park. He was likely a member of the family that owned Ward’s Marina and surrounding property before it was purchased by City of Surrey in the 80’s when his view became open to the public. A ladybird beetle seemed to signify the good impression that he left.

Walking along the banks of the Ncomekl River I spotted another beetle. Coincidence?

The bug painted on stone was small as a thumbnail and inserted into a tree branch.   

Perhaps Hugh's loved ones were still close by and roamed the parklands?

Another family caught my eye, snuggled in the sunshine and soft muddy earth. 

Nearby, I noticed the plaque (below) on another empty bench.  

Addy had marvelous qualities reflective of nature, according to friends. 

I reflected that "beauty, grace and vitality" have an expiry date, even in nature.   

If treated like a treasured friend and not immortal or forever, maybe life on Earth ...

would be extended and appreciated more for how rare it is to find a world like ours.

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  1. Maria - very appropriate sentiments for Earth Day. Vitality certainly does have an expiry date!

  2. Yes we should treatht the earth as a treasured friend. Nice one. Beautiful photos You live in a nice area

  3. Your photos are very nice ! I have only been once to Canada to see the Niagara Falls ! Otherwise I only know what I have learned in school !

  4. I think that we should declare every day Earth Day. Our naturalists club organized a blitz to pick up garbage and it is quite evident that from the sheer volume of trash collected that many care little at all for the earth.

  5. Hello,
    Wonderful post for Earth Day! Your photos are beautiful, I like the cute Lady Bug painted rock. I wish everyone loved and respected the beautiful nature around us. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

  6. New coronavirus has led to clearer water, fresher air, re-emerging wildlife, more clearly visible stars, and so on. While Nature is catching its breath to restore its beauty, grace, and vitality, humans must change behavior. Nice photos, as always, and thank you for the video.


  7. agree with you, no other world like our..... hope, we could treat the earth better now and then....

    thank you for sharing beautiful images and video.

    Happy earth day

  8. A wonderful post. Constant reminders are needed to encourage everyone to treat our planet with respect.

  9. Beautiful! Love that first shot.

  10. Wonderful post and photos for Earth Day ~ great quotes too ~ I see Earth Day as everyday myself ~ Grateful for Mother Earth ~ Xo

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  11. I so enjoy your meditative posts. We all do need to be reminded to treasure and care for our planet, our home .


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