Melda’s Marsh



Recently, my husband (Ian) asked me where I wanted to go for our Saturday morning walk.

Usually we stroll around our neighborhood on weekends,

but I wanted to visit Melda’s Marsh,

since we hadn’t been there for a few years.

This time we walked the entire loop around it–so lovely.



Melda’s Marsh was named in remembrance of Melda Buchanan (1924-2004).

In 1994 the Province honored her with the Minister’s Environmental Award

for her conservation work throughout British Columbia.

She was known for her enthusiastic efforts

on behalf of nature conservation and animal rights.

Melda was witty, intelligent, and generous.




I’m grateful for her contribution in making sure this beautiful place was preserved.

Each of us can play a part in leaving behind beauty in nature, in art, or inspiration.

A first step may be to ask for Divine guidance and strength.

I don’t know if Melda was a woman of faith,

but I definitely saw a glimpse of eternity as I walked alongside Melda’s Marsh.




Blessings of Beautiful Inspiration ~ Wendy ❀


What legacy do you hope to leave behind?


Surely you have granted him eternal blessings

and made him glad

with the joy of your presence.

Psalm 21:6




48 thoughts on “Melda’s Marsh

  1. Oh what beautiful, peaceful photos, Wendy. Glad you were able to take these on your walk. And “Melda’s Marsh” sounds like it would make for a great book title. Have a blessed day! Tracy πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Tracy. Your suggestion reminds me of the book, The Girl of the Limberlost. Our family adored that book–you’ve got my wheels turning on that idea. ❀

  2. To have a place like that named for me would be incredible. I’ll settle for this, and it’s a plan in place, anyway: My girls are to take my ashes to someplace beautiful they’ll visit often. Right now, it’s the hiking trail near where I sometimes play disc golf. I want to be part of that place after I’m done in this life – and I want my girls to come be with me there.

    1. Eli, you’re a wise father to let your daughters know what to do with your ashes. Grief is made more bearable when the family has discussed these things beforehand. I’ve already told my kids what song I’d like played for me. May we live long enough to hug our grandchildren. ❀

  3. Wendy, thank you for sharing this beautiful, peaceful place of nature and solitude! What a treasure ‘Melda’ has left behind for all the world to see and enjoy forevermore. So lovely!

    1. Thank you, Kim. Melda has blessed so many people because of her diligence. She never had her own offspring–but many children are enjoying this special place. ❀

    1. Karen, I hope you both have a lovely time with creation. When my kids were younger we would bring sketching books with us. Drawing was optional–but they usually did. ❀

  4. Marshes, backwaters, and swampsβ€”they are my preferred setting for withdrawal. There’s a peace there that I cannot seem to find anywhere else. Your photos have me longing for the river backwater.

    1. Gene, I stopped in the middle of our walk and listened to the woods. My husband asked me what was wrong because I had teared up. I told him I’d had a glimpse of Heaven. Yes, there’s something special about the back country. I loved the part in your book where you met a father and son fishing near your river spot. It was very kind of you to share your secret. ❀

    1. Diane, you have already helped nurture a memoir seed in my heart. And I’m not even finished reading your book yet. ❀ Cynthia’s book got me started, and then she posted about your book. I love the blogging family.

    1. Wonderful legacy vision, Marisa. Mothers and writers have the best opportunities to do this–a powerful combination when infused with the Spirit of Love. Go girl. ❀

  5. Such a beautiful place to be able to walk around and smell and see God’s beauty and grace. I once lived in the Northwest of the US and loved it there as there are so many places to walk and hike in the kind of beauty you captures in your photos. I lived near and in Portland, OR where Mount Hood and other peaks lend to these walks. Thanks for coming by my place for you drew me here and I needed to remember.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

  6. What a tribute to a wise woman Wendy! I think I used to know what Legacy I want to leave behind haha. I guess I would hope that others would be encouraged by things I might have said, or exemplified in life. <3
    Diana xo

    1. Diana, I’m encouraged each time I visit your blog and when you visit mine. <3 You help me think outside the box of my own little world. Plus you make me smile. πŸ™‚

  7. Hi Wendy, I too loved Girl of the Limberlost. Did you ever read “Freckles” by Gene Stratton Porter? Another good book by that author. What would we do without books? I love to sit and read outdoors (when the bugs aren’t biting). Thank you for your post and the photos. You take wonderful pictures. God Bless!

    1. Thank you, dear Mollie. Yes, I’ve read both of them aloud to my kids when they were younger. One of my sons ended up rereading Freckles because he loved it, and my daughter has lost count of the times she’s read Girl of the Limberlost. The beautiful old hardcover is falling apart now–but I’m so glad she likes to read. Gene Stratton Porter knows how to create a beautiful and believable place. I agree, “What would we do without books?” ❀

  8. Beautiful photos, Wendy! Melda’s Marsh looks like a peaceful place. How fortunate you are to live near enough to walk around it. πŸ™‚

    I hope to leave a legacy of grace to my family and those who know me.

  9. I think my reflection would be that faith takes many forms, that creation is a broad church wherein all who have a mind to worship may find a place. For the enlightened, nature is a beneficent and worthy god and Melda’s altar is a very special one. I can sense the serenity from just a picture. A lovely place to be.

    1. Serenity. Yes. Frederick, I appreciate the freedom our Creator has given us to choose what we believe. But we must keep in mind that every choice has consequences. I worship the Creator rather than creation as to avoid doing what Romans 1:25 warns me not to do: They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

      I need to know that what I believe will lead me safely home. Blessings on your weekend. ❀

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