Wonderland in the early morning

A marsh…It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.

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Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and West Swale Wetlands in the fog
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and West Swale Wetlands in the fog

After a walk through the Richard St. Babe Baker Afforestation Area we reach the shore of the West Swale Wetlands and look over the calm waters just awakening into life, and out across the marsh hidden by the blanket of fog rolling in from the morning dew.

Did you ever stand on the edge of such a wonderland in the early morning, when the prairie sky comes low to nurture the waterfowl, dabbling ducks, and marsh ducks nestling in the lowlands at your feet?

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area in the fog
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area in the fog

A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. ~Henry David Thoreau

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area in the fog
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area in the fog

The lakes are something which you are unprepared for; they lie up so high, exposed to the light, and the forest is diminished to a fine fringe on their edges, with here and there a blue mountain, like amethyst jewels set around some jewel of the first water, — so anterior, so superior, to all the changes that are to take place on their shores, even now civil and refined, and fair as they can ever be. ~Henry David Thoreau

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and West Swale Wetlands in the fog
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and West Swale Wetlands in the fog

“I believe with Ruskin, that I must be just to the Earth beneath my feet, to the neighbour by my side and to the Light that comes from above and witin that this wonderful world of ours may be a little more beautiful and happy form my having lived in it. “Richard St. Barbe Baker.

Author: stbarbebaker

This website is about the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area - an urban regional park of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The hosts are the stewards of the afforestation area. The afforestation area received its name in honour of the great humanitarian, Richard St. Barbe Baker. Richard St. Barbe Baker (9 October 1889 – 9 June 1982) was an English forester, environmental activist and author, who contributed greatly to worldwide reforestation efforts. As a leader, he founded an organization, Men of the Trees, still active today, whose many chapters carry out reforestation internationally. {Wikipedia} Email is StBarbeBaker AT yahoo.com to reach the Stewards of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

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