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Paradise

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

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

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!

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

    *ROY FANTHOME*

    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” >

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  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.

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

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

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    • 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.

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

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  7. Wow. Spectacularly beautiful. Thanks Ivon.

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  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

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  9. Beautiful.. stay safe
    By the way
    https://savouringlucidity.wordpress.com/2020/05/02/cart-of-delightful-memories/#more-112
    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

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  10. Beautiful photos and haiku, Ivon… ❤

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