There is an irony in being a nature blogger. It is easy to spend more time using technology to blog about nature than actually enjoying nature. So today I deliberately left the good digital camera at home during my hike along New Hope Creek.
I hadn't walked far when the leap in my heart whispered, "take a picture." So I pulled out the smart phone. The creek was low and still, the sky was achingly blue, the trees just starting to turn color, the low angle of the sun perfect for reflection.
What is this urge to capture the moment? To hold it, to share it? I sat by the creek and meditated, trying to empty myself of words that describe, images to hold. It's hard.
On the way back, I encountered another still life in a pool among the rocks.
It's my new screensaver.
Or do I like it better upside down? A peek out of a cave at trees blurred by a breeze, leaves floating in the air.
We love nature, yet we can't stop manipulating it.