A Day for The Earth

There are snapshots in time, places where
one feels the eyes scratching over the surface
of some offensive scene, cymbals clashing
inappropriately during a tender interlude,
spell dissolved in the cacophony, never
to return again free of that memory;

Then there are backdrops nature paints
without premeditation, figures juxtaposed
against a canvas that can only contribute
to the light in one’s own eyes, the numinous
shining through, and I know in the center
of my bones that we must preserve this place,
its atmosphere beyond measure or means
by which we could precisely calibrate
how our human impact has contributed
to its degradation;

All we have is now, no time for regret,
rather embrace what we can do from
this moment into moments mounding,
overlapping, mindfully repeating
like a prayer to infinity.

All photos Β©2019 Bela Johnson

35 thoughts on “A Day for The Earth

  1. A fabulous ode to the earth! May this “canvas that can only contribute
    to the light in one’s own eyes” shine just like your thoughts and pictures. Thanks for sharing Bela.

    1. Thanks for your warm comment, Balroop. And now I am off for a hike on the coast of this bit of Washington, right where the last picture in this series was taken yesterday. Extraordinary beauty! 😘

  2. Brilliant, and very touching too, especially the ending.

    ‘All we have is now, no time for regret,
    rather embrace what we can do from
    this moment into moments mounding,
    overlapping, mindfully repeating
    like a prayer to infinity.’

    – Esme sat watching the here and now with Bela upon the Cloud

    1. Thanks, sweetie. And isn’t it true, what can we do but look ahead and try to live in the moment, as aware as we can be? Sending you love from a UK-like place (the Pacific Northwest where I am pet and housesitting for a friend who is in London and the French countryside!). Aloha!

    1. You as well with your latest travels πŸ˜‰ Isn’t it nice to be in sync with nature who reveals herself to us, no matter where we are! This trip is about Eagles. They are near me almost everywhere I go, and that is unusual. Will have to refer to Ted Andrews’ Animalspeak, though I get the general gist of the totem. Still, it’s amazing to witness! πŸ˜€ ❀

  3. Those scenes look familiar, Bela! Of course, I live hardly further north, though a border and an ocean intervene…
    Thanks for the lovely images and …”prayers to infinity”…

    1. Good to see you here, my friend. I did get to Vancouver Island last fall, not sure exactly where you are. We went up to Ladysmith and stayed there a few days and hiked around a bit. I saw a cougar! πŸ€— Trusting all is well with you, and many thanks. πŸ™πŸ’•πŸŒΊ

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