Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Full of Grace

  • Being at the lake, surrounded by bonfires, to say goodbye to summer
  • Parking my kayak in places like this and being able to fully breathe it in



  • Sharing my world with creatures like these



  • Liquorice toffee all the way from England.
  • Planning and packing for a backpacking trip. Anticipation is half the fun.

It's been a good, restorative week.


As an aside, has anyone seen fireflies (lightening bugs) this year?
I have not seen even one and I am a little concerned.

16 comments:

  1. What a beautiful place to kayak. Enjoy your trip.

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  2. What a nice spot to kayak!
    I have not seen one firefly either... now I am wondering...
    Have a great trip!

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    1. No one I know has seen any. Sad.

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  3. that first photo is spectacular. i can hear the silence in it.

    i am so glad to know all these fun things have filled your week. btw, i saw the little prince this week. i'll fill you in, but in a nutshell i didn't like that a story wrapped around the real story. i didn't think the talented animators and producers should of had the right to call it 'the little prince.'
    love
    kj

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    1. Actually, spaces like this are very noisy - alive with the sounds of nature. It's the silence from human noise that I love.

      I'll wait for the 'fill in' but I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought that. it felt very desecrated to me.

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  4. I never see kids outside anymore and wonder if they even know what a lightening bug is.

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    1. I occasionally see kids out hiking with their families but I rarely see them out playing in the neighborhood. I do worry about who will care about protecting nature if the next generation only knows it from a computer screen.

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  5. Nature is your gateway to good mental health. Step right up, my lady, and partake in the glory! Seriously, though, if I had one wish it would be to spend an afternoon with you on your lake in a kayak. I can just see the tension drop away from you. Xoxoxoxoxo.

    Also, we don't have lightning bugs 'out West'. But, I love your friend the dragonfly!

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    1. We have to make it happen!!! Kayak in the Adirondacks, hike the Oregon Cascades.

      I am usually surrounded by neon blue and green dragonflies. This rare red one rested with me quite awhile.

      No lighting bugs out west? I need to find out where they have gone . . .

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  6. I agree about nature as gateway to mental health!

    I have a memory of fireflies in Southern California then at times feel I'm crazy... but according to article I just looked up... they do exist. But maybe i'm mixing up memories of collecting lightening bugs in jars with some vacation elsewhere.

    Am sorry to hear you haven't seen any lately. We're in the midst of deep change. Species dying, changing, leaving, arriving.

    Those of us who are awake to the value of nature must strive to pass this awareness on. it's crucial that we do.

    zc

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more. I really do fear for Mother Earth.

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    2. Together we can shift things. When I am most discouraged, I remember that nature bats last. Main thing is: We - humans - want to stay in the game. Nature will survive. She will evolve. Species will die off. New ones will emerge. We want to be in there with them! How to align with the power of nature? To work with it, to understand we are a part of it, buoyed and sustained by it? This is an idea, an emotional aha, a visceral sense of things. All change starts with there - with what we understand, think, feel. So... to cultivate this in ourselves and others. To work that community garden of hearts and minds. To weed out the fear of nature, to compost our confusion, to work in the fertilizer of amends, to plant the seeds of hope, desire, and love... this we can do! ZC

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  7. They really are disappearing : (

    Firefly.org

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  8. The lightening bugs were everywhere at night when I was a young girl in Northern Indiana. Nice photos!

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