When we enter the landscape to learn something, we are obligated, I think, to pay attention rather than constantly to pose questions. To approach the land as we would a person, by opening an intelligent conversation. And to stay in one place, to make of that one, long observation a fully dilated experience. We will always be rewarded if we give the land credit for more than we imagine, and if we imagine it as being more complex even than language. In these ways we begin, I think, to find a home, to sense how to fit a place.
~ Barry Lopez
Have I used that quote before? I think I may have. That’s okay. It is likely the message is different on this reading/use than it was the first time I used it (if I used it).
Let’s take a walk down to the dock. We have to go past the garden to get to the entrance to the woods. It’s likely we’ll meet a few rabbits along the way. Since we have nothing except weeds growing in the garden, the rabbits are free to roam where they will. I’ll have to put a gate or fencing on the entrance to the garden next year to keep the rabbits out.
The first time I went to the dock was during our first visit/look at the house and property. The owner’s son-in-law took us back to the dock in his jeep. It’s only a kilometer and easily walked, but we didn’t know that until it was time to come back and the jeep wouldn’t start. It can be muddy on the road through the woods, and that was the reason the son-in-law thought it would be better to go in the jeep. It’s not too bad out there today, but we have had rain over the past few days so it’s best to wear good hiking shoes or boots for this walk.
Things grow quickly here. Grasses and other plants have sprouted and grown tall on the road/path. My daily walks will take care of some of the growth. The rest might not matter. I don’t think we’ll be driving to the dock since we don’t have the type of vehicle one would need to drive on that road.
The dock is on Back Creek and overlooks the marsh. The creek level is subject to the tides. If you watch the things floating on the water (pieces of grass or leaves or seeds or specks of dust), you can tell if the tide is coming in or going out by the direction in which those things are moving. Don’t let the ripples or waves created by the wind fool you. They may not be going in the same direction as the water.
I almost forgot to tell you about the Guardians on the boardwalk. There are two very large bees that hover around the halfway point of the boardwalk. It’s almost as if they’re standing guard. Well, flying guard since they’re not standing at all, but buzzing all around when they’re not hovering smack in the middle of the walkway. Say hello, give the password (“Peace”), and they’ll move to the side and let you through.
Have a seat on the bench, and enjoy the breeze. There is almost always a breeze out on the dock. It’s a lovely place to sit and just be. There are swallows swooping and diving, hopefully eating a good share of the biting flies. Red-Winged Blackbirds perch on top of the reeds in the marsh. We might spot a Bald Eagle in the sky, or a Great Blue Heron or Egret along the shoreline. Turtles poke their heads up out of the creek, and the Guardians buzz around behind the bench.
There was a surprise waiting for me early this morning. A rainbow!
All things share the same breath — the beast, the tree, the man… the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
~ Chief Seattle
A rainbow, of course, means there is rain somewhere. It took me a minute or two to realize it was headed in my direction.
But we have a little time before the rain arrives, and we have to make our way back to the woods.
Cultivating a generous spirit starts with mindfulness. Mindfulness, simply stated, means paying attention to what is actually happening; it’s about what is really going on.
~ Neil Newman
We should move along before the rain hits. Not that we’d melt, but I forgot to bring the raincoat for my camera (it’s really a shower cap, but the camera thinks it’s a raincoat). Thank you for visiting, and joining me on the dock. We’ll have to go out there to watch the sunset some evening once the clouds clear out. The weather prognosticators are saying that won’t happen until the weekend although we’ve had quite a few sunny spells today.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂