© Pamir Kiciman 2013
Yesterday (President’s Day) my son and I took off to nature, to a preserve we’ve been to once quite some time ago. The photos here are not the absolute gems of the day’s yield; those will be coming up over a languid stretch. These are to document memories and such highlights as encountering Sandhill Cranes for the very first time.
It’s also to continue personal therapy for me, a way I’ve used in difficult times before; nature + creative endeavor. Going through them and posting here continues the relief of being there.
These are selected to showcase this environment, which is the last northernmost portion of the Florida Everglades. It was a crisp, very windy day, with cloud cover and sunshine.
A pair of Sandhill Cranes. They hung out quite a while then in an instant took off with a flurry. Huge wingspan. Kept feeding all morning around the same area.
Living in Florida, one appreciates the subtle beauty of the Everglades. This northern portion has observable differences than the southern part and Everglades National Park.
Mostly a flat environment that stretches for miles and miles. This expanse is what gives it a special quality, at least to me.
And some pretty great sky!
Thank you Nature!
Walk and touch peace every moment.
Walk and touch happiness every moment.
Each step brings a fresh breeze.
Each step makes a flower bloom.
Kiss the Earth with your feet.
Bring the Earth your love and happiness.
The Earth will be safe
when we feel safe in ourselves.
—Thich Nhat Hanh
© Pamir Kiciman 2010
Kishenpur, July 13th, 1956 — This morning Ma said to some Ashramites who were put in charge of a large garden: “By working in the garden you will serve the trees and the plants and living with them try to become like them. Let the trees be your Guru. A tree gives fruit and shade. When the fruit is ripe it falls down, it is sweet to taste. The wood of the tree you use for cooking your food. So the tree gives itself entirely, it holds nothing back. Watch how the trees grow, make them your friends and learn from them. Also from the grass. Grass is lowly and puts up with everything. People tread on it, cut it and it does not defend itself. So also the earth: everyone walks on it; you hammer it, powder it - do anything you like with it, it remains quiet and friendly.”
— from “As the Flower Sheds its Fragrance”
Inspire me to enter the infinitudes of divine love. O Universal Spirit, I would invisibly embrace as my own all animate and seemingly inanimate forms in creation.
— Paramahansa Yogananda
Photo: © Pamir Kiciman 2011
Reposting this one because I now know what it’s called: Hairgrass — Muhlenbergia capillaris. Happy to finally find out!
in the landscape found
this cosmic grass
an apparition with roots
we’re not alone
© Pamir Kiciman 2010 (text and photos)