Posts Tagged ‘nature’

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Wonder Wednesday

October 11, 2017

Some beautiful, minimalist, B&W photography…

Biwa Lake Tree Study 2 – by Michael Kenna

(who has a tonne of equally gorgeous and sensuously rich photographs)

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Wonder Wednesday

September 27, 2017

Awwww, this is precious…

by Quinn Chan

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Wonder Wednesday

September 6, 2017

A sea of clouds…

… a vista of wonder.

 

by Mitsuhiko Kamada

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WTF Weather

September 2, 2017

It hit 42~C here today (315~K).  42!  That’s crazy talk!

(…and the answer to life, the universe, and everything, which I never realized until now meant that the answer to LU&E was just super mind-melting hotness…)

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Philosophy Tuesday

August 29, 2017

I’ve been enjoying hearing friends and many more  share about their eclipse experiences.  What’s really stood out for me (beyond the complete excitement) is the near-universality of the sentiment of how absolutely mind-blowing it is, in a way that surprised each and every one of them.  It did not matter how much they knew about it, how much they researched, or even how much prep they did.  There, in that moment of totality, in that instant of being present to a world in an eclipse, it defied all manner of expression.  It defied, and still defies, description.

There is a (sometimes big) difference between knowing about something, and actually experiencing it.

I’ve heard this shared elsewhere too, around marriage, parenting, warzones, natural disasters, concerts, and more.  My own most vivid of these is when I planted my first garden.  I knew all about the biology behind plant growth, I understood about planting and watering and that food grows, I’d read accounts of other gardeners.  But putting that tiny seed in the soil and then a few months later being confronted with a 6 foot high plant bursting with produce was almost unfathomable.  “I didn’t do anything but pour water on it, and yet… blam, look at this!”

These are context-shifting and world-growing moments, a place where our consciousness can expand and we can inhabit more of ourselves and the world.  They are times to reflect on that we are never ‘done’, we never ‘know it all’, and we’re never not able to grow.  They are a reminder to not take ourselves, and our views, and our certainties, and our supposed knowledge, so darn seriously.

And, verily, they are times for pure, unadulterated wonder and bliss, being present to what’s so, and nothing else.

 

* Thus too this is why imagination and developing imagination is vital.  It may not get us all the way there, but even part way can be powerful…

** And I already have begun plans for travel to see the 2024 eclipse!

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Greenland is on Fire

August 18, 2017

There are wildfires.

On Greenland.

In the permafrost.

Which is supposed to be frozen.

(Hence the perma-)

This is not good folks.

 

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Wonder Wednesday

August 16, 2017

so do they come striding through,

marching down a line,

on paws so soft,

and bodies fierce,

bristling with eagerness,

to greet another day,

as roaring beauties,

aflame in the savannah

 

photo by Torie Hilley