Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

Teach us to sit still and not sit still

February 11, 2019

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If you seek, how is that different from pursuing sound and form?
If you don’t seek, how are you different from earth, wood or stone?
You must seek without seeking.
~Wu-Men

“The truth is just like this.”

January 20, 2019

“He remembered waking once on such a night to the clatter of crabs in the pan where he’d left steakbones from the night before. Faint deep coals of driftwood fire pulsing in the onshore wind. Lying under such a myriad of stars. The sea’s black horizon. He rose and walked out and stood barefoot in the sand and watched the pale surf appear all down the shore and roll and crash and darken again. When he went back to the fire he knelt and smoothed her hair as she slept and he said if he were God he would have made the world just so and no different.”

~Cormac McCarthy, from The Road

One Strange Rock

December 2, 2018

It is a miracle—a MIRACLE—that we are here, that this world is. Hard to imagine someone watching this series and not wanting to conserve our wondrous planet. If only we could all spend a few weeks in space to gain the perspective these astronauts achieved.

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Long Day

June 8, 2018

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BBC’s “Life” and “Frozen Planet”

August 9, 2017

For those of us who loved Planet Earth and Planet Earth II, two more phenomenal nature series…

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Personal Cloud Atlas (Winter Version)

December 16, 2016

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“Don’t walk away from pancakes”

October 23, 2016

Plitvice National Park, Croatia

Paint Night

August 13, 2016

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”.

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“If you awaken from this illusion…”

August 8, 2016

“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.”
~Alan Watts

America’s National Parks on NatGeo

July 30, 2016

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.

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