© 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
— Scott Cunningham (via forgetmenot-blue)
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”
Epic driftwood: Monster tree washes ashore
Flooding, high tides and blasting winds worked together to land a massive drift log taller than a single-story house.
Ansel Adams, Redwoods, Bull Creek Flat, Northern CA, 1960
“To the vast majority of people
a photograph is an
image of something within
their direct experience:
a more-or-less factual reality.
It is difficult for them
to realize that the
photograph can be the source
of experience, as well as the
reflection of spiritual awareness
of the world and of self.”
— Ansel Adams, Photographer (1902 - 1984)