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Snow Day    (No Comments »)

Monday, March 12th, 2012

While it was snowing in Seattle in January of 2012, two of my friends and I explored Volunteer Park. It was the first time I had ever seen a snowfall in a natural setting, and watching it drift in in waves as the sky grew dimmer was nothing short of enchanting. We ran across flat surfaces that had once been full of tiny mounds and depressions, threw snowballs and shook the powder off of thin tree-branches, raining cold dust upon unsuspecting walkers below. All the while, the leaves, the rocks, the very ground sparkled with otherworldly scintillation, as the sleeping Earth rested under our feet. As night fell, the glimmer of moonlight upon the fallen snow transfigured the land, bequeathing us a new realm full of magic and mischief. As we eventually left the park, I could not help but notice that every surface I saw was just as stunningly beautiful as the natural splendor we had just left. Under inches of snow, who can discern grass from concrete or asphalt? That night, nature laid its white carpet all the way to our door, and as I warmed up with a hot toddy I gave thanks to the great forces around and above that we might be so blessed– not only to have experienced this frigid bounty, but to have a respite from it as well.

(A note: The enclosed photo was taken not at the park, but about a mile away at the waterfront. It was remarkably hard to get a clear photo from a cellular phone camera in a snow flurry, so I chose the clearest and most striking from my album, rather than the most area-specific.)

Walking in Bear Country    (No Comments »)

Friday, June 25th, 2010

by Girlfromthesky

I climbed a steep ridge covered in Chestnut Oak’s and dropped into Bear Country. A pair of ravens crossed shadows with mine as I passed through a Blackberry thicket and I followed their path into the woods.  I was moving fast when a Box Turtle appeared underfoot.  I felt, “Slow Down” so I got down on the ground with my face by the turtle.  We watched each other for a while then the turtle turned its head and I followed the gaze.  There in front of me was the track of a Black Bear. I said “Thank You” and stood up to follow.  The tracks lead me through brambles and a creek and just as I thought I’d lost the line the shadow of a bear passed 30 yds in front of me.  Everything was still until I noticed my breath and as the shadow moved on I began to weep.  This is the path I am on.

As I felt my feet back on the ground I realized I had no idea where I was in relation to where I came from.   I looked up and asked the Sky to help me find my way home.  I looked at the ground and  noticed a small red leaf. I walked towards it then saw another.   Almost like rose petals, they lead me back to the trail.  I could smell fire and I knew I was almost back.  It was like my senses were open. I could feel the Earth’s spirit opening up around me.  My spirit was opening up too.