This is the view from the front yard of the house in Souris West, Prince Edward Island, where my dad, late in life, found time to sit still... time to enjoy the serenity of this landscape of gentle farms rolling down to the sea. That he loved the quiet peace of this place was a surprise to everyone, even him.
Walking on the sandy streets along the beach I have been pondering the joys and surprises that come unexpectedly later in life. I always thought that the love of the outdoors that I share with my brothers was something generational and had no connection to our parents. Appreciation for nature and outdoor activity simply weren’t an important part of our family life growing up. The pleasures of camping and hiking eluded my parents and, as for the white water rafting and rock climbing we loved, the less said the better. Yet in the autumn of life, my Dad came to appreciate the quiet grace of this landscape and I became an artist. I guess we are all a family of late bloomers.