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Here is another post with photos and poems based on travels through of the natural beauty of Waterton Lakes National Park and Glacier National Park. Parks Canada describes the former as where the prairies and mountains meet. The latter is known as the crown of the continent.

As we drive along Highway 22, we get this view of the mountains in Waterton. The sign says, “Where prairie meets the mountains” and they do. We saw this view later in the day.

This is what a few minutes does in this part of the world.

Embracing mountains

Emerging peaceful fury

Signaling day’s end.

Can you imagine waking up to the view below each day? It is intense. The Canadian census indicates 88 permanent residents of Waterton town site experience this. This is Mount Vimy viewed from the townsite across the big lake.

We traveled down the big lake crossing the Alberta-Montana border about half-way down. We cleared customs with our passports and hiked on the Montana side. At the end of our hike we arrived at to Kootenai. The scenery is spectacular.

Soaring ramparts,

Sheltering nature’s bounty.

In their shadows, safe.

At the end of a dayn hiking we saw this across the lake looking at Mount Vimy again.

Fair maiden rising,

Watchful eye surveys Nature,

Keeping safe til morn.

I know I shared this video a couple of weeks ago. It is my favourite John Prine song and reminds us Paradise is within reach. The challenge is to protect what we have.


About ivonprefontaine

In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

23 responses »

  1. When I read the title, I wondered if you were going to have John Prine in there. And I’m glad you did. And I sure love those photos!

  2. Wow. Stay safe Smile It is a great day


    On Tue, May 5, 2020 at 6:52 AM Teacher as Transformer wrote:

    > ivonprefontaine posted: ” Here is another post with photos and poems based > on travels through of the natural beauty of Waterton Lakes National Park > and Glacier National Park. Parks Canada describes the former as where the > prairies and mountains meet. The latter is known as the” >

  3. It would be wonderful to wake up to that view in the morning. Wonder if the people who live there gaze at it daily or are so caught up with life that they miss the beauty around them. My mind wonders about a lot of things.

  4. Beautiful! Paradise is around us, we just have to open our eyes and see it! And open our hearts to feel it!

  5. Such beauty and endless land…with a perfect song indeed ☺️😀 smiles Hedy

    • Thank you Hedy. Paradise was written by John Prine in remembrance of his father’s home in Kentucky, which fell victim to plowing mountains down in search of a vain of coal.

  6. Breathtaking. It inspires me to write a poem.

  7. Wow. Spectacularly beautiful. Thanks Ivon.

  8. Finally took the time to listen to the song. So much beauty has bee buried in the name of “the progress of man.” Fortunately, there is enough of paradise left and you are a master at capturing it and sharing. I look forward to our planet being restored to the original Paradise as Source/Creator intended it to be. We are near but may a bit more than 5 miles away, Alia

  9. Beautiful.. stay safe
    By the way
    It’s my new poem based on an incomplete love story and how two lovers meet and gets diverted forever…
    Do take out some time to check

  10. Beautiful photos and haiku, Ivon… ❤


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