|Pan playing pipes. Unknown artist|
H.M. The Queen has her own piper play beneath her window at 9am daily. A tradition that started with Queen Victoria at her favourite home in Scotland.
|Royal Military College, Ca|
Some say the sound of bagpipes was originally meant to strike fear in the heart of the enemy, mimicking the sound of the banshee, predictor of death. The banshee myth in turn may have developed from the screech of the barn owl as it hunted at night.
Here is a picture of the dawn piper at Frolander Bay.
|California sea lion|
A group of California sea lions have hauled out on a rock in the bay. I can just make them out through binoculars. Each morning, as I cradle my first mug of tea, a basso profundo Gregorian chant wends its way into a dark and primitive part of my psyche.
When I return to Calgary it will be the howl of coyotes calling me back to nature. Drawing me, like Pan's pipes, into the wild.