Into Something Better: Cooling Off In The Shadow Of The Falls – Arkona, Ontario, Canada

July 24, 2017

Inspired by the poet Mary Oliver, each month we seek to bring our children Into.Something.Better. Something unscripted and unplugged and sacred. In our various corners of the planet, we venture forth. And we the mother’s, Freelensers all of us, bow down and receive gifts in the form of photographs of our children within nature, in all of it’s unexpected vastness.

(I was even inspired to write a poem while we were in the midst of our little adventure in the Rock Glen Gorge on the hottest day of the year)

Dancing dragonflies

Shimmering iridescient blue & green,

An ancient ritual in the shadow of the waterfall.

A millennia of history exposed, vulnerable

The air and wind and water and ice

Releasing ancient seabeds

From beneath. Not forever anymore.

Quietly resting, slumbering.

Until the water rushes forth to the earth and rock,


The first glimpse of sunlight in eons, maybe longer.


Just below the dancing dragonflies,

Through the shimmer and cascades.

We seek,

The relics and remains of primordial sea creatures.

Up next in the circle is my fellow Canadian Joni Burtt and her spellbinding images of her children in their family garden. It is simply magical! You can check it out here, and make sure to follow the circle around to see everyone’s glorious and surreal images. You won’t be disappointed!

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  • celeste1988 July 25, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Wow Sherri, that place looks so amazing!! How fun! Beautiful work as always!

  • Kate Cuenoud July 27, 2017 at 4:41 am

    So much family fun and natural beauty in this series. Fantastic work. xxoo

  • Joni August 1, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    The storytelling here is divine. The way you arranged the photos made me feel like I was just a step behind you. So good!!