Halifax is fortunate to have beautiful Public Gardens. The noise reducing leafy green canopy is a bit sparser than a few years ago - many of the huge old trees blew over in 2003, victims of Hurricane Juan - but still a serene place of peace in the middle of the city. It's only a few minutes walk from my office building so I often go for a stroll around the grounds during my lunch break, sometimes with my sister, other times alone or with co-workers. The gardens are closed during the winter, but recently reopened for the year. Here are a few images from my visit yesterday:
If you are ever in Halifax, a visit to these lovely Victorian gardens is a wonderful way to pass an afternoon - ice cream cone in hand, of course!!
The following two passages from the United Church of Canada's Song of Faith really capture what I was feeling as I wandered around enjoying the new plant life bursting forth, and the return of the waterfowl from their winter migration:
Finding ourselves in a world of beauty and mystery, of living things, diverse and interdependent, of complex patterns of growth and evolution, of subatomic particles and cosmic swirls, we sing of God the Creator, the Maker and Source of all that is.
In grateful response to God’s abundant love, we bear in mind our integral connection to the earth and one another we participate in God’s work of healing and mending creation.