The Peace of Wild Things

bluebell wood 3

When despair for the world grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake

rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief. I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting with their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Wendell Berry

I’m not sure the small woodland around the corner from my house is the kind of wilderness described in this beautiful poem, but when I take a walk through it, and hear the April birdsong, I feel as though I briefly escape the troubles of the world and ‘come into the peace of wild things’.

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August so far…

Dawn from my window

‘Morning Light’ (dawn from my window)

Morning sun in my local wood

‘Morning Light’ (sunlight in local woods)

A leaf shining with raindrops

‘Leaf’

My handwritten list of 'August Break' challenges

‘Handwriting’

A bumble bee on lavender

‘Sweetness’

My current library book, 'Small is Beautiful', and my knitting

‘I’m reading…’ (Small is Beautiful by E F Schumacher)

Red flowers on a bean stalk

‘Red/Green’

A gift tied up with a bow

‘A secret’

Some of my photos so far from the August Break challenge…

August Break

3 geraniums cropped

For the last couple of years I’ve tried to participate in Susannah Conway’s ‘August Break’ photography project. I’ve come to realise that trying to complete every challenge, daily, doesn’t work for me – I fall behind and end up giving up. But I do find I’ve taken photos I would never have otherwise taken, and sometimes I’m even pleased with the results! Which, after all, is the real point of a creativity challenge. This photo is one I took last year – quite different from my usual landscapes. So this year I’ll be using Susannah’s imaginative list of prompts to inspire and encourage experimentation, at my own pace. Today’s prompt was ‘Morning Light’ – which I will have to catch up with tomorrow morning…

Cat nap

ollie relaxing“I have lived with several Zen masters – all of them cats.” – Eckhart Tolle

My cat Ollie, asleep on the stairs.

Photo ©Dark and Bright Art 2016

Darling buds

Hawthorn blossom

“Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May…” – Shakespeare, Sonnet 18

Blossom in a hedgerow. I say hedgerow…it was more scrub really, but still pretty and good for the wildlife.

Image ©Dark and Bright Art 2016