Seeing the world through the forces of nature and in harmony with humanity

There are many stories to share, big and small, about worldwide events in Week 10 of this year, and I picked a tiny one from far away. But that one will have to wait; it is Saturday evening, and even small stories need time to be written. So, for now, I will only share some of my photos and memories of this week. I found these pictures for you that I took in Week 10, the week of 8 to 14 March this year, in and around Ottawa.

The first is a picture of cross country skiing. It reminds me of the wide-open spaces I passed that weekend, alternated with quiet forests where no birds were singing. I enjoyed the crisp winter air, the blue sky, and being in nature.

The second is a fantastic evening sky; there is no story here, just a celebration of colors.

And this last one I took in the National Gallery of Canada, I may someday write more about its collection, but I want to share this Van Ruysdael now; it's a river landscape from around 1650. The sign next to the painting said:

“Ruysdael boldly devotes most of the canvas to the sky, encouraging us to see the world through the forces of nature, here in harmony with humanity.”

Now that I type these last words from the notes that I made that day, I look back at the colorful sunset photo that I just pasted into this blog: I too devoted nearly all my canvas to the sky, and I try to show others that we should see the world, and our future, more through the forces of nature. And if you read The Planet newspaper's previous articles, you will recognize the "harmony with humanity part." I wish I could time travel to the past; it would have been interesting to chat with Van Ruysdael.

I wish a good night to all readers to the west of Ottawa and a good Sunday morning for my friends in the east.

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