Nenuphar

I treasure my visits to the English Gardens at Assiniboine Park.
From the moment I walk through the gate with trepidation and anticipation, until the very last second when I chance one last, longing look, I find myself in a trance-like state.
I am there but I am not, really.
The colours, the shapes, the movements hypnotize me, take me by the hand and lead me along the many paths. I don’t think; I think of nothing yet my senses are most alert, on edge. My eyes scan every inch, afraid to miss anything.
All this beauty invites, attracts, enthralls.
I look, recognize, compose, shoot, again and again. One last time is never the last time, never ending. It cannot be…
Bathing among the statues in their green, translucent liquid garden, the nenuphars  oscillate at the rhythm of the fountain. Their bright colours in stark contrast to the deep greens of the leaves–a frog’s hammock–and the reflections on the surface of the inky pond.
All drink in the sunlight.
Beautiful…

Daybreak

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Daybreak on Union Bay in Ontanagon, Michigan, USA

What time is that exactly?
Dawn. Morning. Really early.
Your eyes deceive your mind,
Excite your imagination, awake your fears.

Stars twinkle in the western sky
Unaware of the oncoming wave.
Night will soon be a distant memory
Revealing the scenery, painting a new canvas,
Irradiating the landscape, warming the air.
Sun and shadows, collaborating artists
Exposing nature (life) once again.

I slept peacefully when
The rhythmic sound of the waves
Drew me to the shore, barely awake
To spy on the lake and the sky.
Why not call it “Nightbreak?”

 

 

A Salute to Dancing Gabe, Hometown Hero

Last September, Dancing Gabe Langlois was the subject of a biography, Dancing Gabe: One Step At A Time. Little did he know how busy he would be over the next ten months—heck, the guy already attends almost 200 professional sports games a year—and where this adventure would take him.

We now know the next chapter! Fans will be able to get their hands on a Dancing Gabe Bobblehead! Wednesday night, July 13th, 2016, is Hometown Heroes Night at Shaw Park and the Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball Club pays tribute to Winnipeg’s Police, Fire & EMS Service personnel. They “also pay tribute to Winnipeg’s own “Hometown Hero” Gabriel Langlois with a Dancin’ Gabe Bobblehead giveaway.”

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In October, Gabriel Langlois was awarded Winnipeg’s Community Service Award by Mayor Brian Bowman. In November, he led the Grey Cup Parade as the co-Grand Marshall. In January, he was awarded the Dallis Beck Good Guy Award by the Manitoba Sportswriters  and Sportscasters Association. In March, Gabe and his siblings performed the ceremonial puck drop at centre ice on Autism Awareness Night, for a Manitoba Moose game at the MTS Centre. And in April, Dancing Gabe was interviewed on Hockey Night in Canada.

Sprinkled throughout these events, Gabe graciously accompanied me to more than 60 events, signing books, posing for photos, reading to school kids, and spreading joy and happiness to everyone he met. He continues to do this without hesitation, always sporting this big smile everyone loves.

Dancing Gabe has been recognized with many awards and special events over the past 53 years, including a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2010, but you’ll have to read the book to find out more…

Dancing Gabe, Hometown Hero, we salute you!