365 Nature Walks: Day 30

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#Earthschooling365: Day Thirty

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Inner Work Meditation (Heart): In the photos I took today I showed one animal moving while another was being still. I noticed on our nature walks that animals often become used to each other’s movements and are not disturbed when another animal moves. Even if the movement startles me, they go about their business as if nothing had happened. Take at least ten minutes today to meditate on keeping peaceful when there is chaos around you. How do the animals do this? They accept the rhythm of what is around them and they become part of it. If a human comes to disrupt that rhythm they are startled. However, in their regular daily life they are at peace. How can we maintain harmony and peace every day in this same way? Or explore rhythm more deeply with our African Drumming Lessons.

Nature Walk Idea (Head): Today I saw a groundhog in the same place I have seen him more than six times over the past month. He seems to have a small slice of territory behind a certain house which includes a den as well as some underbrush to hide in, a piece of the creek and a lot of delicious plants. Take some time during your walk today to think about the places where you are seeing the same animal over and over again. If you don’t live in a place with a lot of wildlife have you noticed a person or a house pet that always roams in the same area? This is called “territory” and every mammal, bird and insect have a territory – even if that mammal is a human. Where is your territory?

Photography Notes (Hands): Today your photo assignment is to use movement to add interest to a static photo. In the photo of the groundhog hiding under the brush (the entrance to his den) I wanted to add some interest to an otherwise bland and still photo so I took many photos until this bird flew into the frame and added some color and movement.

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In the photo of the woodpeckers (yes, this is the same tree I took photos at earlier this week – I love visiting this tree daily!) I took many photos until one of the woodpeckers flew away from the tree. Once again this movement added interest to the photo. This is a different technique than the action photos we took earlier this month. This technique is not about capturing action. It is about adding action to a static photo.

"Use of Movement" (Click on Photo to Enlarge"

“Use of Movement”
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You can see another example of how this works with the photos of the mallards on day 28. In one of the photos the male mallard is still while the female is blurred and moving. It makes the photo a lot more interesting than if both ducks were sitting still doing nothing. Even though I already posted this photo on day 28 I will post it again here as an example.



Verse: Inner Rhythm
Copyright Kristie Burns

Her lucid joy
Unchecked tapping rhythm
Tapping lucid joy unleashed her

*Palindromic Cinquain: This kind of poem is a Cinquain written as a Palindrome. The Cinquain is a short, usually unrhymed poem consisting of twenty-two syllables distributed as 2, 4, 6, 8, 2, in five lines. The Palindrome is poem with a sequence that is the same forwards and backwards.

*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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