Joy of looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift. —Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
I love detail, and the natural world is all about that! Nature’s design is everywhere; it is in everything—a bird feather, the whorls on a snail-shell, the glazed trail of a slug; it is the stained glass charm of an insect wing, the energy of a raindrop, the veiny roadmap of a leaf, and the way reflections of light, and shadow play on water. The diversity is endless!
Here are some of my favorite comprehending moments . . .
The other morning, as the East Wind rattled the treetops, I left my desk, and took a walk in the woods. A Steller’s jay followed, flitting from tree to tree. There echoed a hollow beat; a familiar, enjoyable rhythm drummed by a pileated woodpecker tapping for insects. In a mixed wood of fir, cedar, and maple, I sat on a log. Nearby, Jay-Jay perched on a cedar branch draped with moss. As the East Wind stirred, came a blizzard of leaves—large, and golden, some the size of dinner plates, courtesy of the bigleaf maple, Acer macrophyllum. In my notebook, I wrote . . . No two leaves fall the same. Caught up in their leafy ballet, enjoying their autumn glory, I completely lost track of the time, which was my intent all along.
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