Posted by: Dave Neads | October 16, 2009

New Perspectives

Every Precipice Valley Fall has a special twist to it, something to remind us of the infinite complexity created by the great engines of GAIA we are immersed in.  This year it was the powerful weather machine of the Coast Mountains fueled by the western Pacific Ocean that is giving us a new look into the world around us.

New perspectives are part of life here in the western ARK.  They coalesce out of a seemingly endless chain of shifting variables, like patterns in a kaleidoscope.

So it is this year.  A new perspective.  Surprisingly, the leaves have not yet left our giant cottonwoods.  In fact, they have barely started to turn gold, retaining a lot of their green hues.  This is a little unusual; usually by mid October most of the leaves have fallen, weaving a yellow gold blanket that spreads on the forest floor and leaves the naked, gnarled branches to sway in the roiling winds of autumn.

But not this year.  The trees seem to think it is still late September.  They’re holding on to their leaves, continuing their rustling conversation late into the season.  But the great weather machine is not fooled.  It knows what time of year it is.  Using one of its basic programs to mix El Nino conditions with extreme low pressure and a sixty mile wide belt of age-hardened mountains as a crucible, the great weather engine dumped four inches of snow into the Precipice yesterday.

Not a lot for sure, just a little kiss on the cheek, a reminder of the winter dances and the energetic romance about to start, but enough to radically change perspectives.

The trees look so out of place today, debutantes wearing lacy green gowns, stranded on a bare dance floor, their feet covered in snow.

A new perspective.

Fully-leaved cottonwood


  1. What a strange sight. Strange but beautiful! – MO

  2. The leaves are hanging on as long as they can this year to make up for the lack of growth this summer due to the drought conditions we had. Tatlayoko is the same… still lots of green leaves…. and snow threatening.

    • Pedro:
      Interesting interp. So you think trees have an energy balance sheet so they try ensure they have enough in their root cellar to survive the winter? ;>)

      Hang in there

  3. I hope you continue to write often this Fall and Winter season. Your writing is so alive and uplifting. I came upon your blog last year through another channel and so enjoy your unique view and the pictures too! Thanks for the spiritual uplifts you provide.l

    • Betty:

      Thank you for your kind words, I am humbled. This is a special place, now you are part of it. Energies ebb and flow, I only post when I feel I can say something that reaches out.

      Do you BlOG? What is your experience of this world like?


  4. My window into the heart of the Chilcotin. Thanks.

    On a different tack, if you’re interested in Chilcotin history, my honey supplier, Tom Swanky, has been seriously researching the Chilcotin wars and is giving a presentation in Quesnel. Details on my Inside BC blog.

    • Jeffery:
      Just goes to show you assumptions…. when your post tails off with “my honey..” I thought you meant Maddi.

      I’m away for the next few days , but I will check it out. The Chilcotin War is open to many interpretations, not the least of which is that probably “war” is too wrong word. As the Queen’s men, our ancestors did not come off too well. However, I am interested in a new perspective.


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