Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category
Plitvice National Park, Croatia
What you can do in a one-night paint class when a good instructor demonstrates how to do it step by step. Cheating? Maybe. I’m okay with it. In the spirit of historically prosaic titles for great works of fine art, I call it “Red Fox and Birches”.
“So in this idea, then, everybody is fundamentally the ultimate reality,
the deep down basic whatever there is—and you are all that.
Only you’re pretending you’re not.”
While I love nature shows, there are unfortunately a lot of poorly made ones (sometimes melodramatically narrated, or artificially sensational, or just downright boring).
This is not one of them. This series highlights just how wild certain spaces in these parks still are. Highly recommend for nature lovers.
“The earth was warm under me, and warm as I crumbled it through my fingers. Queer little red bugs came out and moved in slow squadrons around me. Their backs were polished vermilion, with black spots. I kept as still as I could. Nothing happened. I did not expect anything to happen. I was something that lay under the sun and felt it, like the pumpkins, and I did not want to be anything more. I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is sun and air, or goodness and knowledge. At any rate, that is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep.”
~Willa Cather, from My Antonia
Chills. When the earth disappeared, I actually felt a bit scared, as if I were lost at sea. Later, when I read “and back to our home,” I actually felt homesick, and was looking forward to the journey, very much.
Another wonderful mini-series about this miraculous planet: this time focusing on how humanity has upset the balance, and how humanity might save it. I so admire the inspiring leaders in this effort; such great minds, big hearts and brave souls.
Check out the National Geographic Photo Contest 2013. Awesome.
“Do not suffer from loneliness. Go outside. Go away. It’s all the people making you lonely.
Pick a spot on the horizon and head straight for it. Weave your way through a stand of redwoods. Kayak an island chain. Peer over your toes at the edge of a canyon. Go to your favorite place. Again, and again.
This is what you need to do. Not just because it fuels your independence. But because it reminds you you’re a part of something bigger. And although it may not occur to the baffled onlookers who can’t take their eyes off your smiling mud-covered wired-up insane self, it will occur to you:
You’re not the one who’s lonely.”