Tuesday, December 9, 2014
So, back to the photo. To me it expresses the love-hate relationship many of us have with nature. For instance, one of my most hated encounters with human-altered nature is stepping in dog poop. But, one of my favorite encounters is with the great variety of fungi found in damp forests. Here we have a marriage, three clumps of dog poop being neutralized by a fungus, perhaps a slime mold. Despite the presence of dog poop, I found the little ecosystem aesthetically pleasing. It's also a token contribution to my campaign to "bring back the diphthong" a marriage of two letters acting as one.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The honor of starting this off goes to Jacob Tutty*, a new student from Montana. Very nice work, Jacob. [By the way, the students own the copyright to their writing, so if anyone wants to use their work, permission must be obtained from the writer.]
In response to the above photo, Jacob wrote the following:
Ascent of a Ladybug
The sight of a ruby red ladybug climbing up a cluster of plant and flower stems is absolutely inspiring. Our eyes are drawn to the tiny size of this friendly little bug's legs. Those small 'ole legs are more than enough to carry the body safely through many obstacles, such as a cluster of skinny plant and flower stems. In the photo, we clearly see the apt abilities and determination of a lady bug as it hangs onto several dangling stems far off the ground. Climbing ever higher, the ladybug is motivated and confident, slowly and thoughtfully reaching for its next step. The lush pink color of a flower, capping the end of the stem cluster the ladybug hangs onto adds a level of natural beauty that perfectly accents that of the ladybug itself.
Several versions of life's mystic glory are portrayed. The pink flower, some orange leaves, glowing green and red stems: these are all raw, intrinsic melodies of the wild, wild song that our earth sings. AS the determined ladybug keeps climbing higher, we feel our consciousness rise. With calm, pure confidence and acceptance of other organisms, our tiny friend works hard towards its goal - get there. The mantra of the little red bug is "can." "I can step here and then there. I can find some food to eat. I can get to where I want."
A very positive and productive way to get through all of life's unexpected obstacles and challenges. Polka dots speckle the voyager's ruby red body. Glorious. An age-old image of something happy and wholesome. The little ladybug climbs around. As we watch, from the perspective of the photo we have captured, we feel our hearts glow with happiness and inspiration. What a mighty pioneer of the positive idea, "can." To reach our goals, we must dream, perceive, and pursue with the grace of a ladybug.
I should add that the students did not have time to proofread and edit. These writings are all first drafts written in around 25 minutes after taking time to go through the photos and choose one.
More student writings to come over the next week or so. Comments appreciated.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
Sunday, November 9, 2014
12:40 p.m. OK, now I'm ready. My desktop (the wooden one) has looked better, in terms of organization, but it has also looked much worse. I got to thinking about this when I booted up my laptop and noticed that I had nearly 100 icons showing. Ridiculous! No wonder I have trouble finding stuff. So, I organized the desktop (the one on the computer this time), and am feeling inspired to deal with the mess you see in the photo.
Nature can be seen as organized chaos. Depending on one's background and beliefs, the emphasis might be on the "chaos" aspect, or it might be on the "organized" aspect. I spend a lot of time responding to nature scenes and events. A sense of wonder always occurs, but then I find myself trying to organize my feelings in order to convey them to others. I start parsing words like "sunrise" and "sunset." These words are remnants of an earlier cosmology in which the sun travels around the earth. Or, at least rises in the East and sets in the West, which only implies where it spends the night. I get more excited when I relate to a more recent cosmology in which the sun stands still and the earth's spinning gives the illusion of the sun traveling around us. If I chose a different frame of reference, say a spot on the moon, then the motions of the sun and earth would seem quite a bit more complicated. Does the sun go behind a cloud, or does a cloud pass in front of the sun, or, better yet, between me and the sun?
So, is the biological activity outside my office (much less the Amazon or Congo jungles) best represented as organization or chaos? Those who see it primarily as chaos generally have the urge to tame it, or approve of others doing so. We who see it as organized are reluctant to tamper with it to satisfy humans' short term needs and wants. I wonder how this question will play out in the newly-elected Congress. I'm nervous. Maybe organizing the wooden desktop will make me feel better.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Anyway, while I was fixing our morning porridge, I saw this grape juice stain on the ceramic tile next to the stove. It was a spill from my wife's smoothie. But I immediately saw the image of a bull, and all these unrelated images and memories came together. Enjoy.
P. S. If you read this earlier, I apologize for the ridiculous typos I missed. Hopefully, they're all fixed.