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As a result of where family and friends live, Kathy and I drive through the mountains on a regular basis. We see spectacular scenery and inhabitants. We met and lived in Prince George, British Columbia and then lived in other communities in the general area. Despite this, it is always exciting to see the wildlife in these trips.

These pictures and the poem emerged on one of our annunal trips. Barely on the road, we spotted a bear browsing on the shoulder above the highway about 10-15 metres from the car. We rolled the window down and he/she posed before disappearing.

A few kilometres up the road, I took this picture of mountains shrouded in clouds. In the foreground, there is evidence of colours turning as summer merged into autumn.

peaks peeking

snow trying to hide

clouds blurring my view.

colours changing

nature’s rich canvas

gentle brush.

Mount Robson appeared with a cloud-like frame. I enjoy taking pictures of Mount Robson when the clouds show something different.


Kathy and I hiked a few hundred metres along the Berg Lake trail. I settled for this shot of Mount Robson which disappears from sight as you move along the path. Peaking out between the trees, is the Robson River which has its headwaters on Mount Robson and flows into the Fraser River a few kilometres down the highway.

I borrowed this picture from Wikipedia . A bucket list goal is to hike to Berg Lake, camp, and bring back pictures. I am getting old, so who knows if it will happen.



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.

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  1. Boomer EcoCrusader

    Beautiful pictures. I love the photo of Mount Robson. The first time we visited, the summit was covered in cloud. The next time, it was a beautiful sunny day and we were hopeful we would see the top which we had been told was a rare sight. Alas, the cloud rolled in as we got closer. Maybe the third time will be the charm!

  2. Wonderful adventure, great pics, thanks for brightening my day, C

  3. Wow! the majesty of these mountains that you are blessed to see so regularly! Thank you for continuing to share them with us through your camera and words, Alia

    • The challenge is not to take them for granted. After we visited Yellowstone, we realized how magnificent our own backyard was and spend more time in our Canadian national parks.

      • To see and appreciate what is in our own backyard is in itself a spiritual practice. There is a trail (there are many trails but this is one I often walk) between our housing unit and the community lodge. It goes through the forest and I try to see what is new, what has changed, since I was there the previous time. What wonderful newness arises in such small increments of time. Mountains, of course, don’t change so rapidly but the light, the clouds, the greenery, the wildlife — they are ever changing. Enjoy the paradise on this Earth, Alia

      • I agree Alia. When we more fully are present to the world, it is spiritual. What I find in our neighbourhood, with less traffic, is the rabbits congregate in groups. They run and play with each other. I have seen 3 or 4 of them running across streets and lawns. We lived in the area I took the pictures and it was/is not uncommon for moose, deer, bear, etc. to wander into one’s backyard.

  4. Spectacular scenery.

  5. beautiful pics! How fresh was the avalanche when the pic was taken?

  6. Gorgeous! We all need to get away into nature for renewal!

  7. Kristina, The Fairy of Positivity

    Such breathtaking photos! You managed to put their beauty in words.


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