365 Nature Walks: Day 20

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#Earthschooling365: Day Twenty

March 20AX

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Inner Work Meditation (Heart): As I continue on this journey of taking daily photos I realize that photography is the ultimate meditation for me. When I take a photo or when I am looking for a photo to take everything else falls away and all I see, hear, taste & smell is what is in the lens of the camera. For some reason, of all the activities one can do in the world, this one is the one that makes me focus so intensely that I forget the world in that moment. We all have something like that. Even if it is yet to be discovered it is there within us. Take ten minutes today to either do that activity (the one that allows you to lose yourself in it) or to think about what makes you feel that way. You will know you have found the “right one” when you are done doing the activity and suddenly you think, “where was I for the past ten minutes?” or “where am I now?” For some people this activity is reading, knitting or cross-stitch. For others it could be weight lifting, swimming or eating ice cream. It could be anything. Meditate on yours today. If you need more help finding what your ultimate meditation is you can listen to my webinar, Becoming a Whole Mother.

Nature Walk Idea (Head): We spend a lot of time raking leaves in our yards, getting rid of fallen branches, weeding our gardens, and throwing out old dried shrubs. But nature does not throw anything out. A fallen tree (like in the photo) is a safe perch for a squirrel, a home for a bird, or even a support for a vine. Old dried leaves are mulch for the soil and weeds are food or medicines for animals. As you take your nature walk today try to find as many things as you can that have been re-used, recycled or used in a creative way by Mother Nature.

Photography Notes (Hands): Your assignment today is to take a photo with contrasting textures today. Contrasting textures in a photo can enhance the interest of a photo and often help bring out the details of your subject more effectively. The reason I took the photo of the squirrel today was not because I am strangely enchanted with squirrels this month, but because the texture of the log interested me and I wanted to try to capture the complexity of the texture. If you enlarge the photo you can see how elaborate the texture and colors are in this simple log. The fluffiness of the squirrel helps to highlight the contrast in the log.

Verse: Tree-cycle
Copyright Kristie Burns

Once towering pine
Cowers in the sprouting moss
Birth Sanctuary

*A Haiku consists of 3 lines and 17 syllables. Each line has a set number of syllables. Line one has five syllables. Line two has seven and line three has five syllables again.

*These poems have been created for many purposes – from early childhood circle time verses to inspirational or expressive. They vary from day to day so you may find the way you use them or enjoy them also varies. If you would like to set these poems to music consider our tutorial: Creating Your Ow Waldorf Verses or Finding Your Inner Voice.

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Photo assignment today: Contrasts in texture

Photo assignment today: Contrasts in texture

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