I believe that everything starts by paying attention. Life is imperfect and any magical light we can bring into our day is worthy of our gratitude. Laughter and love, joy and celebrations slip into our lives with ease but learning to cope with the deep pain life brings to us is also necessary. I do this best with my camera, chasing down light, zooming in and out and pairing it all with truth. 

I live in Western Washington with my husband of 40+ years, in the home where we raised our three sons. We share that home now with our sweet beagle named Basil. 

Thank you so much for stopping by. 

 

 ©Cathy Sly 2017 

5 of friday || wildfires

5 of friday || wildfires

"I'd rather fight 100 structure fires than a wildfire. With a structure fire you know where your flames are, but in the woods it can move anywhere; it can come right up behind you."
~ Tom Watson

Beautiful British Columbia is on fire. . . 
we wake to smoke coming through sun rays
and go to sleep with sunsets that burn orange and red. 

the number of wildfires currently burning in BC 155
since April 1st, there have been 820 fires
the cost so far, $172.5 million.
426,000 hectares have burned so far
it is the third highest among total fire seasons in BC’s recorded history 

“Wildland firefighters do not enjoy the cultural prestige that structural firefighters do. They do not wax their fire engines and cruise down the local parade route, lights flashing; they are not the subject of countless popular books and movies; major politicians do not honor their sacrifices on the Senate floor or from the Rose Garden; they do not have bagpipe bands, fancy equipment, enduring icons, or other signifiers of honor verifying the importance of their activity.” 
― Matthew Desmond, On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters

 

5 on friday || sunflowers

5 on friday || sunflowers

summertime balm

summertime balm