As some of you know, I’m on the west coast of Canada—actually, I’m completely off the coast on an island. Not more than five blocks from my house is the ocean and after last nights snowfall, this is what it looks like.That’s where I go when I just want to forget people and the phone, traffic, bills, you know, stuff. I could sit on a log and watch the water for hours, and have done on occasion.
Cruise ships sail by in the summer and early fall, and what tales could come from that. We have a fishing fleet and whales, dolphin and sea lions, changelings if I wanted to go that way.
Always, watching the ocean, I’ll see bald eagles perched in trees lining the water’s edge.
Such majestic scavengers! There are seals and sea lions just off shore or on the rocks at low tide. The fisherman’s worst nightmare. They’ll tear into a seine net and scatter or eat an entire set of salmon. Even the sporties would rather not see them when they’re fishing. I’ve had fish taken right off the hook and a seal burp minutes later. I can smile at that, but if you make a living off the water, it’s not so funny. But, again, there’s a story there.
In the fall, there are bears lining the riverbeds scooping up the spawning salmon. Changelings… you bet. In the brush not far from them, you’ll see a buck with his antlers still in velvet… another changeling?
I have mountains and forests within easy driving distance, all fodder for my stories, backgrounds or inspiration for plots.
A walk in the woods surrounding me can bring me to fields of brilliant pink Fireweed
or the frightening Devils Club tucked away in the deep woods. There’s so much to inspire and so much to be thankful for here: fresh air, clean water and an abundance of wildlife that will never cease to amaze me.
Yet, I sometimes wonder about the more cultured things of our human society, operas, plays, symphonies and museums. More stories, more inspirations that I can only dream about. That’s where imagination comes in and research. But, that’s also another blog idea, I have stories to write now.
I hope you've enjoyed a peek into the world of a westcoast Canada author and will visit me in my writings soon.
*Jude Mason - Come, explore with me...if you dare!*
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