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Do you see what I see?

There is a corner in Guelph that is my very favourite place in the city.  If you've been to my hometown, you've probably driven past this corner. It's located on one of the city's busiest roads - a main artery into (or out of) town.

As corners go, it isn't particularly remarkable when you are driving past. Except for the fact that it is a rare, small patch of undeveloped marsh at a very busy intersection.


Or is it? Take a moment.  Look very closely. Do you see what I see?




Whenever we drive past this corner we take a few moments to peer out our windows. Often, we hope for a red light so we can linger just a little longer and look a little closer. We always have hope that we will see something very special in this unremarkable bit of wilderness framed by the urban landscape of houses, businesses and busy roads.

Sometimes, we are rewarded for watching so closely.  Take another look at the above picture. Do you see what we saw?

Yesterday we were driving home from the mall, when we saw them - camouflaged well by last year's cattails.  And yet again I cursed myself for not carrying my camera with me ALL the time.   But this time, I was determined to get the pictures. And I was not going to be shooting from a moving vehicle.

It only took me a few minutes to drive home, grab the camera and head back to the corner.  With Emma as my assistant, we wondered if they would still be there when we arrived at the corner for the second time in 10 minutes.  A lot can happen on this little corner in 10 minutes.



They were still there.  Five of them. And it was awesome.


Now do you see what I see?

Every day, I drive by my favourite spot.  Every day I see a little bit of wild surrounded by a lot of urban landscape.  Sometimes, if I am lucky, I see the small herd of deer.  Last night we felt more than lucky - it was almost magical. The deer actually frolicked. I know. It sounds like a Disney movie.  But these lovely creatures played for over 20 minutes as Red-wing blackbirds called from the cattails and Emma and I stood and watched from the sidewalk.

I'm glad that we made the effort to actually experience this little corner outside of a vehicle. And I'm glad I shot some pictures.  Because before long, this area is going to be developed into condos.  Part of the marsh will be protected, but that area will not be visible from the road when the building is complete.  I think the deer will be safe  - they will probably retreat permanently to a nearby conservation area that is already within their territory. And someone will have an amazing view from their window.

So before my favourite spot disappears from my drive-by view, I am going to make sure that I watch closely as I drive by and look for the little herd of deer.  And I'm going to be thankful that I saw what I saw and was able to share a remarkable moment at an unremarkable corner.

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