11.3.12

A revelation



























As I try to let go of winter, the mortality question leaves me more perplexed than ever. Why? Because this agnostic has recently become a little less unsure, and maybe a little more certain of a few simple things. I still haven't had any visions or had a visit from the other side or anything. It's just that the dogmatism of Spring's arrival can't be argued with. No, not on any level. There is a ferocious and driven cycle of life going on in nature, in spite of how hard we humans have tried to control, dominate or tame it.

All through the winter and I have clung on to mother nature as best I could, but as usual she ups and pulls a fast one today. This morning very early, the sun caught the tips of some new willow tree leaves. Inevitably the barest branches that I have come to love for the last few months are soon going to disappear as they become enveloped in fresh, early leaves. The startling vitality of this process is now unstoppable.

Without any co-operation or involvement from any of us, there is a larger force at work. You probably knew this all along. For me it is a revelation.








18 comments:

  1. The spring... I've lost the sense of seasons living on the island of never ending summer... But my heart still remember the cycles of Nature. And only wonder, how the people living here from birth to death take and accept all changes? Without being trained and teached by Nature, is it possible to understand the price of patience? Accept your growth and decay? Still didn't figured out...

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  2. So true that this unstoppable force moves with or without us...I have found I must go with the flow of it or surely be lost...spring is early this year and I am unsure how I really feel...but the fuzzy-headed, exhilarated feeling is building...I am like a bird returning to the barren garden...soon all will be blooming...

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  3. Spring is a new revelation every year. Even if you know this in your head, it doesn't hit your heart until it happens. That's why it always seems like a miracle.

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  4. Profound. Even after we're gone, it will continue as all things do. A cycle. A reminder of days ahead. The changes are always welcome. It makes me enjoy all the little details of home and beyond. And I have enjoyed the journey so far:)

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  5. All life is a circle, the seasons move on from winter to spring to summer to autumn and back to winter again, winter is simply a period of rest and preparation for the arrival of the next spring. In the same way our life goes from birth to the prime of life to middle age to old age and finally death but as with the seasons and the plants and trees it's only another event in the continuing circle. Spring is wonderful, enjoy it.

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  6. Thank you for your amazing photos and your courage in sharing your journey with us. As we all face the same challenges and the inevitability of aging and death perhaps it is good to be unsure and even doubtful, as it leaves us open to surprise and hopefully new joys as well.

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  7. Pussywillows in spring. That is indeed a revelation! Thank you for the beautiful photos from your beautiful part of this world...Judy

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  8. There is some comfort in seeing life again every Spring, when you think - perhaps - that all is over during the dark winter months x

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  9. And so the wheel turns.. As it turns for Nature.. we too evolve with it. Round and round it goes again.
    Spring for me represents life again.
    Your photos are beautiful..
    Enjoy reading your words today.. all part of the magic circle of life..

    val

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  10. I am in love with your environment, or perhaps with the way you observe and paint it. Whichever it is, I am always enchanted by your blog. Celebrating Spring is very special; I always like to set my memory to hang on to these still, sunny, blue-skied, but cool days, before the freshness is gone and swallowed by the heat of summer's heightened activity.

    Thank you for sharing your world.

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  12. I wrote here twice. The second time because I forgot to show a reference. One does not make sense without the other so I deleted. Maybe you got the first message,I Pray you did. If not I'll try again another day. For now ,Lord, keep on with the revelation.

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  13. I see the same thing, in a much different environment--the sheer creativity of life as it determines to carry on, despite aridity and desert winds and rocky soil. Your macros especially are radiant with that vitality.

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  14. These are really beautiful images. The first one is a show stopper.

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  15. Beautiful photographs and a wonderful thoughtful piece. Nature is an unstoppable force that we can only feel humble in front of.

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  16. Enjoy the freedom of not being the one in charge - even though you used to think you were!

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  17. Lovely, lovely light-filled images and words. It is so amazing this rebirth . . . from a naked limb . . . living green buds emerge filling an earlier gray landscape . . . one branch or twig at a time . . . with seas of greens and colorful blossoms. Here another spiritual/mystical/agnostic (non religious) is deeply moved with a creative process of life. Spring is my favorite time of year and I too will miss the body and sculpture of the trees but know they will return as the leaves fall. Everything in life is in a constant flux. We humans get stuck. The force behind the changing season . . . natures inner clock . . . a creator . . . you stir the thoughts with revelation. Surely a poet. The earth a living organism . . . consciousness . . . collective and alive. I see no hand at work here. I feel an inner depth of wonder. I so enjoy how your mind melds with the higher realms within all of us . . . your thoughtful musings and questions. Thank you again.

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A big thank you for all of your comments, each and every one is much appreciated and SO encouraging. Recently I have been struggling to respond to each one but I will catch up with you somewhere on the blogosphere in time! Please feel free to use the contact page if you have questions that require a response.