out walking with the kinders we happened upon a white swan happy and in between seasons. the same as us.
Source: nature is never finished. – robert smithson
When I saw the title of Beth‘s post and read her poem, I thought what a profound moment. Nature has many stories to tell us and many ways of telling them that leave a mystery in each story. We are always between the moments and seasons that desribe the beauty of nature and who we are becoming.
Several years ago, I took a picture of a mountain face. I did not have any idea why I took. It just spoke to me, like the swan in Beth’s poem. I used the picture in a presentation about eco-ethics, after I read an article about geologists who use the striations of a mountain to allow it to tell them its story, knowing it can never be completely told.
When I look at that picture, the mountain tells an even less complete story. The mystery in the story is what draws me back to the picture and maybe is what drew me, without knowing that, when I took the picture.
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Ivon, once again, writing that flows beautifully, I know it is much harder than it looks. Always enjoy your posts, Tom
Thank you Tom. I find your posts and writing inspiritional.
Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
EVEN THE MOUNTAINS MAY FALL DOWN TO THE SEA, ONE DAY!
Thank you for the re-blog Jonathan.
Any time—you are welcome!
Excellent!!! I sat and watched the image for long time just to gauge the message it [may] convey!!!!
I look at the image and it is difficult to understand the story told by that mountain, but it does have a story