Glen Stewart

Sights & Sites: Ronn Stevenson

Ronn is Neighbourhood Manager at Project Neutral, Workshop Facilitator at TREC Education, and a passionate member of the Friends of Glen Stewart Park Ravine.

I asked him the question: What is the most interesting, unusual or beautiful sight to see in one of our ravines or forests?"

"I think the randomness of nature is the most wonderful thing about ravines. Every time I go for a walk in the Glen Stewart Ravine I encounter something I did not notice before. It can be a majestic tree that sparkles in the sunlight at a certain time of the day and year or a nesting couple of rare urban Northern goshawks. Sometimes it’s just a pleasant encounter with strangers for a brief conversation while walking our dog. Ravines tend to relax people and allow them enough time to let their guard down. I never know what to expect but there is always something, if I let it.

I used to let our dog off leash and go off trail until I did a paper on the fragility of the ravine within an urban setting. I have a become an advocate for responsible stewardship of our local ravines (and dogs)! It’s not about entitlement or our own selfish needs but inclusive enjoyment for all. Ravines help to see a larger vision and how we are all interconnected.

The natural and organic shape of the ravine itself is calming. So different than the forced built environment around us. The unequal and scattered spacing between trees in a forest can also be quite magical. Not by design or reason as in some manicured parks. There is a circle of 5 trees I like to call "the board of Glen Stewart." I feel a power or strong energy there. The five can advise me sometimes, if I let them in. It may very well be all in my head but it works and I can come out of the ravine recharged when I make the time to enjoy it.

I would argue ravines themselves are ley lines given their historical and geological significance in this region. If Vancouver has the beautiful ocean and mountain views then it is the same view I hold dear in the GTA. An inverse beauty of the land, water and the sun. A perfect synergy of systems thinking."

Photos at the top of this post courtesy of Ronn Stevenson.

Posted on: July 8, 2015
This post is part of Sights & Sites, a series that celebrates our amazing ravines & forests and the people who care for them.