Let me start by saying that I'm one of those people who have a compass in their brain. I can almost always tell you which direction is which, and on the rare occasion when I lose my sense of direction, well....I'm lost.
So Place is important to me. And I'm a Nosy Parker. When you combine the two, it means I check every new Google Follower's bio to see where they live so I can place them. And I know I'm not alone in this need to link a person to their place because a lot of you - such as Motherhood in NYC, Sara In Le Petit Village and TexaGermaNadian - mention your place right in your blog titles.
When another blogger mistook me for an American, (close but no cigar) I decided I'd help out those who suffer from my affliction by sharing with you some geography about my place. You may consider this a Public Service Announcement. Let's begin.
I grew up here,
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in a little town called Durham in the Great Lakes Basin of Canada on the edge of a geographic region called the Niagara Escarpment. The Niagara Escarpment (which is an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve) is a 725 km long ridge of limestone which, like the Great Lakes themselves, was carved by the last Ice Age. The limestone bedrock doesn't make for good farming, (in fact little grows on it but ferns and cedar trees) but it does produce many beautiful waterfalls. Here's one of it's more famous waterfalls. Perhaps you will recognize it:
Here are some waterfalls closer to my home:
(this one is just blocks from the house I grew up in and many summer days were spent playing in that water)
This is my family on a backpacking trip along the Escarpment
Beautiful, isn't it?
Although I still live in the Great Lakes Basin, it's been many years since I lived near the Niagara Escarpment. But it is still My Place. The place that defines me. So now you can place me - Kara of Scattered Joy - in Canada, in the basin of the Great Lakes, amongst the moss covered limestone, the waterfalls, the cedar trees.
Do you have any special place that you feel connected to? Any place that defines you?
You can learn about other blogger's Places at the Show Us Your Town Hop