Eastern Sierra Nevada's, October 2012 - bruce witzel photo

I lay in the meadow until the unwrinkled serenity entered in my bones, and

made me one with the still greenery, the drifting clouds.


~ Alice James ~

Eastern Sierra Nevada's, Califfornia USA - bruce witzel photo


 Cheers    ~    Bruce


NEW DAY DAWNS–High River, Alberta (transformation)


A tree gives glory to God by being a tree . . .


Morning Sun (oil painting3) in High River Alberta - bruce witzel photo


This particular tree will give glory to God by spreading out it roots in the earth and raising its branches in the air and the light in a way that no other tree before or after it ever did or will . . .

But what about you? What about me?                  ~ Thomas Merton ~


The  image above was taken on November 18–2017 and then transformed to appear like a painting by using Arcsoft PhotoStudio 5.5

The quote was borrowed from the book New Seeds of Contemplation published in 1962 by Thomas Merton.


             Cheers – Bruce

WARMING UP IN THE BANFF LIBRARY –A deep question, solar windows and Jane Goodall–in-one


Jane Goodall on why we are here


Francis and I, were walking in the city of Kamloops BC and the town 

of Banff Alberta last week.  Here’s a bit of what we experienced on our

sojourn. Three of the photos are  in hi resolution  ~ just click to enlarge. 

The solar tips were inspired by visiting the Banff  Public Library.

There  I found an article with the profound contemplative wisdom

of  Jane Goodall.


I conclude with Ms. Goodall’s poem . . .


Jane Goodall poem



Francis with Thompson River in Background, Nov.6-2017 - bruce witzel photo


Francis at the Thompson River


Thompson River in Kamloops B.C. Nov. 6 -2017 - bruce witzel photo


A Canada Goose landing  on the Thompson

Canada Goose landing on Thompson River in Kamloops BC - Nov.5-2017 - bruce witzel photo


Bow River in Canada’s Banff National Park (click on photo for full size)

Bow River near Banff Alberta, Nov. 8-2017 - bruce witzel photo



Bow River in Banff Alberta, Nov. 7-2017 -bruce witzel photo


Bow River (above) as seen from the bridge in downtown Banff (below).


Banff, Alberta (2)Nov. 7-2017 - bruce witzel photo


Bruce and Fran in Banff Nov.7-2017 - fran guentte photo

After an couple hours, we temporarily dropped into the Banff Public Library to get warmed up from the chilling –10 Celsius temperature and basked in the sun beaming through the south facing solarium.


Banff Public Library exterior  Nov. 7-2017 - bruce witzel photo


~ A Solar Lesson ~

One square meter of any surface on earth receives about 1000 watts of

energy when sunrays hit it perpendicular on a clear day. Doing the math,

1 square meter equals 10.75 square feet. Hence, the 8’ x 20’ skylight of the

library (160 square feet) was receiving about 15 kilowatts of free solar

energy. This illustrates that plenty of energy is available from properly

solar oriented windows and glazing.


It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see.


Bruce in the Banff Public Library Nov. 7-2017 - francis guenette photo


And with forethought, passive solar design can be done at little or no extra cost. After all – every building requires windows . Also, the design doesn’t  necessarily have to look unusual or unique, though it may.


Here are a few important nuances:

  1. 1)  Passive solar windows  are simpler and lower cost than passive skylights.

  2. 2) Skylights  and  high clerestory windows provide privacy from nearby streets or unwanted views.   

  3. 3) Windows provide wanted views , cross-ventilation and excellent cooling.

  4. 4) Skylights and clerestory windows can provide excellent overhead  natural light.

Banff Library interior

  1. 5) Windows are easier to shade in the summer than skylights, by utilizing overhangs, curtains or blinds, etc.

  2. 6) Exciting new types of skylights now provide both daylight and electricity, and can automatically begin to shade when required.

  3. 7) Compared to non-solar design, passive solar buildings create a closer connection with the outdoors and in general, a much healthier environment.


Vermillon Lake, Banff National Park  Nov. 8-2017 - francis guenette photo

Vermillion Lake, Banff National Park  Nov.8-2017 – Fran Guenette photo

(click to enlarge) 



A poem – by Jane Goodall


    Jane Goodall poem in Banff Libreary journal article






When the night wind makes the pine

trees creak

And the pale clouds glide across

the dark sky,

Go out, my child, go out and seek

Your soul, the Eternal I.


Vermillon Lake and Rocky Mntns in Banff National Park (3) Nov. 8-2017 - bruce witzel photo 


For all the grasses rustling at your feet

And every flaming star that glitters high

above you, close up and meet

in you: the Eternal I.



Yes, my child, go out into the world: walk


And silent, comprehending all, and by

and by

Your soul, the Universe will know

Itself: the Eternal I.



The lovely dunes; the

setting sun

The duck –and I;


Two Mallard Ducks on the Thompson River in Kamloops B.C.  Nov.6-2017 - bruce witzel photo 


One spirit moving


Beneath the sky.



Fence and Rocky Mntns. near Trans-Canada Highway (2), Banff Alberta Nov. 6-2017  - bruce witzel photo

(Click to enlarge)


Cheers – Bruce

PEEK IN THE FOREST , by Fr. Charles Brandt

ENCIRCLED (St. Hildegard–2)


Reflecting St. Hildegard – Part Two


Good People,


Most royal greening verdancy,

rooted in the sun,

you shine with radiant light.


Verbena at the lake Oct. 7-2017 - bruce witzel photo


In this circle of earthly existence

you shine

so finely,

it surpasses understanding.



Painted tongue on Victoria Lake - Oct. 8, 2017 - bruce witzel photo



God hugs you.

You are encircled

by the arms

of the mystery of God.


Meditation point (2) Oct. 17, 2017 - bruce witzel photo


St. Hildergard – poet, prophet, lover of the earth



Chantrelle mushroom in the Pacific coast rainforest Oct. 23-2017 - bruce witzel photo


Cheers ~  Bruce

Mountain Ash a-glow at the Lake


Reflecting St. Hildegard – Part One


Autumn day on the lake, Oct. 24-2017 - bruce witzel photo


It is easier to gaze into the sun, than into the face of the mystery of God.

Such is its beauty and radiance.



Autumn colour at the lake, Oct. 24-2017 - bruce witzel photo


The earth is mother of all that is natural, all that is human.


Autumn at the lake, Oct. 17-2017 - bruce witzel photo


                       (St. Hildegard was a 12th century Abbess)



Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received – only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.  ~ St. Francis


Feast of St. Francis ~ October 4th


A well worn cardboard solar cooker

My niece Jade, showing a simple  home built, well worn and weathered cardboard solar oven.


Assisi Diocese among 40 Catholic groups to divest from Fossil Fuels
Link to National Catholic Reporter Article, Oct. 3, 2017


“The Church that hears ‘both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor’ cannot stay indifferent in front of the catastrophic consequences of the climate change that are unfairly affecting poor and vulnerable communities,” said Assisi Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino.”


And also. . .


God requires that we assist the animals, when they need our help. Each being (human or creature) has the same right of protection.   ~ St. Francis




Gulls at Neurotsis Inlet


Cheers ~ Bruce

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