Wednesday, July 30, 2014

reconnect with nature....the cicada








Beautifully grotesque. 
A Japanese symbol of reincarnation.  
Apparently, they're edible too.

Linking up with Chrisy down under at living a good north coast life and sharing a little of the natural, and sometimes creepy, world around us.

Linking up with Laura at Shine the Divine for I heart Macro week 63.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

reconnect with nature....the seemingly innocent sunset






....that exploded into one of the most epic, lightning-flashing, bone-shaking storms I've ever witnessed. Reconnect with nature, indeed!

Linking up with Chrisy down under at living a good north coast life and sharing a little of the natural world around us.

Monday, July 21, 2014

the song of the mountain

 Excailbur! An awesome forest find. Perhaps it was left by another traveler? Dragons, beware!

 Daydreams in the tall grass.

 My mountain stream.

 Lucky little clover, I admired it and left it growing beside the stream.

 Ancient pathways, leading me deeper into the mysterious forest.


  Durango....loving the cool weather and tall grass.

 I take the trail through the meadow, sword in hand.

 Yarrow. So delicate and perfect, a healing gift from the forest.


 Pinto....my best girlfriend.

I love the aspens and the sound they make when the wind blows, the way the leaves flicker, the way the sun shines through the branches.


I especially love the way the aspens shelter our silent visitor.

After discovering the mountain just last year, I listen to the song it sings. This is how I learn the language of the mountain and hear the stories it has to tell.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

my mesa
















It's the night of the full moon, the July supermoon.  We set up our camp on the east side of the mesa, just below the remains of an old cowboy camp and do what we love....wander the mesa. R finds evidence of the cowboy camp with a piece of an old oil lamp. I finger prehistoric potshards and reverently place them back where I found them.

There's something comforting, something continuous about immersing ourselves in the story, the history of the mesa. I come to realize I am also a part of the story of the mesa, part of the huge, beating heart of this place. The land itself pours its mysteries into my bones, my blood, my very being as I walk its glorious earth, our hearts beating together, our breath becoming one.

The mesa is a lover, caressing me with warm winds and sunsets that bring me to my knees.
The mesa is a mentor, teaching me to listen, to wonder, to learn the language of the high desert.
The mesa is my home, the place I always return to, the place my soul resides.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

everyday sacred




It began when I was watering the lawn. I dropped the hose as the water drops called to me. I found myself crawling in the grass, admiring the beauty of nature, photographing the cool, green world before me. (Yes, the neighbors do think I'm crazy. They're used to it.)

Linking up with Chrisy down under at living a good north coast life and sharing a little of the natural world around us.

Linking up with Laura at Shine the Divine for I Heart Macro week 60.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

gather





 



The yard is a flowering frenzy right now, and as fast as the hollyhocks flower, they seem to go to seed. 
My husband says hollyhocks remind him of his childhood - they grew on the farm where he was raised. 
I love how they have a kind of vintage quality - like something I would find growing on an abandoned homestead. 
What do they remind you of?

Linking up with Chrisy down under at living a good north coast life and sharing a little of the natural world around us.