Monday, April 21, 2014

The Infinite Web of Relationship...

Where does the
 temple begin,
Where does it end?
- Mary Oliver

   Contemplative photography has led me to understand and stand in awe of the powerful web of relationship that exists in our world.  Nothing, not a solitary leaf or moss or lichen, is not connected to this web...each playing it's part in sustaining all of creation, including ourselves.

    Through the camera's lens we can focus our attention on the tiny elements of this web and embrace the intimate and mysterious relationship close up.

      The most beautiful thing we can experience
is the mysterious.  It is the source of all true art
and all science.  He to whom this emotion is a
stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand apt in awe, is as good as dead; his
eyes are close.   - Albert Einstein

    There is no better place to experience this mystery of relationship than the forest and living here in Maine I am surrounded by a wonderful temple of creation.  I have found an amazing video produced by the BBC that celebrates the inspiring web of relationship in the deciduous forests of North America...from Maine's immense woodlands to the dense rainy forests of the Pacific Northwest. It explores a phenomenon they call the Wood Wide Web.

    Tomorrow we celebrate Earth Day.  I hope this video will give you a whole new appreciation of our "Mother".   Prepare to be amazed and then take your camera for a contemplative stroll in a nearby forest!

by Wallace Koh


Mystic Meandering said...

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious..." Love that quote... When I get some time I will also watch the video. Sounds fascinating.

Patricia Turner said...

Oh do try to watch it Christine. It is an hour long but so worth the time. It is truly fascinating!