Yesterday, I had one of those days where I had some around-the-house weekend things I wanted to accomplish... I had plans to have a leisurely Sunday playing music, drinking tea while I do my thing, and enjoying a day of "relaxing" productivity. After yoga class, I stepped outside and felt the heavenly warmth of the sun, and while driving home, saw people outside everywhere...biking, playing on the river, laying in the park, walking, laughing, loving spring and life! All I could think was, "I do not want to be inside today, checking things off my list, at all!" I had the most overwhelming feeling of exit desire, so I decided it was a day to celebrate the Earth and drive to Boulder!
Once I got up there, even though some dark clouds came rolling in, I felt an automatic sense of calm, the cool air and sunshine peeking through here and there...and quiet, no to do lists, just time to be...breathe, listen, move, and take in a little nature. It was a perfect celebration of the Earth.
My dedication today for Earth Day, is huge gratitude for the gifts of nature. In addition to making eco-friendly choices every single day, choosing to increase my awareness of how to make as small of footprint as I can and supporting companies who are earth-do-gooders of local ideals, I also choose to have the utmost gratitude and respect for the gifts, the metaphors, education, creative inspiration & adventures I receive from Mother Earth!
I love the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the Flatirons in particular. They are iconic and memorable, stable, grounding, always there when you need them kind of mountains. They are the Archetype landscape of Boulder, loved by visitors and a symbol of home to residents. They hold so many memories for my college years...curious, playful and sometimes risky adventures, intimate conversations, hysterical laughter, physical challenges, simple joys of getting a little lost in the woods, and and many many photographs. The home of my photography mentor and first photography job was literally across the street from Chatauqua, and so those mountains will forever remind me of the days I fell in love with photography.
I have a total crush on miniature things in nature, like flower buds and berries. I also love the idea of all the teeny tiny creatures running around in their little underground micro-worlds, with all the big humans not knowing they even exist.
The sky is truly one of the most influential descriptors of a day. When you walk outside and say that it's a gorgeous day, you are most likely primarily referring to the sky, and of course the temperature. But the sky sets the mood, every time, and I love every single variation, such direct metaphors for the human range of emotions.
Trees are like friends in the woods. Who doesn't love trees! I dream of doing a project where I go around every corner of the Earth, documenting every kind of tree that exists. Wouldn't that be the most incredible journey? I think so.
And thank goodness for our furry friends who lead us along the paths, take us off the paths, and show us the bounty of excitement that only comes out on a hike out in nature. True harmony.
I love the organic shapes and designs created in nature. There was something so beautiful and illuminated about this reflection in the muddy water, a beautiful metaphor in and of itself. I am also completely obsessed with lichens and moss. "Lichens are composite organisms consisting of a fungus and a photosynthetic partner growing together in a symbiotic relationship." When I think of fungus or algae alone, I think of slimy and gross. But something about how these 2 work together, harvesting light for food, makes them so naturally beautiful.
Heart shaped rocks, rock stacks, and smiling rocks, there's even happiness in the rocks! I hope wherever you are, that spring is welcoming you with beauty and that you can go out to enjoy and be grateful for all the natural goodness there is. Thank you Paige Eden for joining me on the Boulder Journey yesterday!
Happy Earth Day everyone!