Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Nature's Gentle Beauty

A week ago today I was standing on these sand flats you see above. The flats were exposed because it was low tide, otherwise this is under water. This is where we went to search for piping plovers as they were scrambling around searching for snacks and preparing for their trip back up north.

Even when the world appears to have lost it’s sanity, places like this have a kind of mental medication that is, to my way of thinking, indispensable. Looking out over the gorgeous water gives one a sense of balance and serenity. Whether you’re gazing at the mountains, the desert or the ocean, you can’t help but feel the healing powers of nature.


Anonymous joe S. the "new" guy said...

Yes. I try to look for and feel these places everywhere, alas, often times I forget my mission and let "the world" manipulate me into forgetting that we still have these places. Here is a short story about listening for natural sounds amidst the storm of mankind in society:

What do you listen for?
A man and his friend were in downtown New
York City, walking near Times Square in Manhattan. It
was during the noon lunch hour and the streets were
filled with people. Cars were honking their horns,
taxicabs were squealing around corners, sirens were
wailing, and the sounds of the city were almost
Suddenly, the man said, "I hear a
His friend said, "What? You must be crazy. You
couldn't possibly hear a cricket in all of this
"No, I'm sure of it," the man said, "I
heard a cricket."
"That's crazy," said the friend. The man
listened carefully for a moment, and then walked
across the street to a big cement planter where some
shrubs were growing. He looked into the bushes,
beneath the branches, and sure enough, he located a
small cricket.
His friend was utterly amazed.  "That's incredible,"
said his friend. "You must have superhuman ears!"
"No," said the man. "My ears are no
different from yours. It all depends on what you're
listening for."
"But that can't be!" said the friend. "I could never
hear a cricket in this noise."
"Yes, it's true," came the reply. "It depends on what
is really important to you. Here, let me show you."
He reached into his pocket, pulled out a few coins,
and discreetly dropped them on the sidewalk.
And then, even with the noise of the crowded street
still blaring in their ears, they noticed every head
within twenty feet turn and look to see if the money
that tinkled on the pavement was theirs.
"See what I mean?" asked the man. "It all
depends on what's important to you."
What's important to you? What do you listen for?
Get in tune. You will be able to hear the Great Spirit and the Earth Mother when they speak to you.

April 05, 2006 2:35 AM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

You are so right Joe. Thank you for sharing that story too :)

April 05, 2006 4:56 AM  
Blogger Rory Shock said...

patricia: lovely pix ... yes to what you say about nature ... I wanna be where the pix were taken right now ...

April 05, 2006 6:15 AM  
Anonymous rebellious renee said...

Joe... CLAP, CLAP!!

I love the sounds of nature....but then...I live in the woods of NH on a dirt road. I am surrounded by nature...and I LOVE IT!

April 05, 2006 6:15 AM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

Rory, pick me up and I'll take you to that very spot, but we'll have to check and see when the next low tide occurs or else we can only swim there. :)

April 05, 2006 6:40 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

That around Daytona? That's where my family took our first beach vacation. I remember Dad driving his '56 Olds 88 on the sand flats. Hope he didn't run over any piping plovers or leatherbacks.

April 05, 2006 7:04 AM  
Blogger JBlue said...

Beautiful colors. Very soothing.

April 05, 2006 8:06 AM  
Anonymous Elizabeth Lily Branford said...

POP More great pictures! And I love piping plovers, we had them on Long Island on the beaches. Smart wonderful birds. There was even a walking tour about them for a while. (if you're into birds, which I guess I am)

They said the piping plover is one of the most "parental" birds because it has the ability to fake a broken wing when an intruder gets near its nesting site. The broken wing distracts the intruder or makes it think the bird is vulnerable for eating. When the bird man told me this I thought it was one of the most beautiful bird stories ever, the idea of this clever bird trying to protect with trickery!!! How cool is that?

April 05, 2006 8:50 AM  
Blogger shutterwi said...

Rory and POP make room for me, my camera and flyrod.

April 05, 2006 8:55 AM  
Blogger Kathleen Callon said...

Me, too... me, too.

April 05, 2006 9:15 AM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

Everybody, hop in, we've got plenty of room for all your stuff. Let's go! Also I know a great place to stop for lunch, or dinner should that be the case. We have a three hour drive from my house to the flats.
Bring lots of suntan oil.

April 05, 2006 9:29 AM  
Blogger sumo said...

Happy for you that you had some time off to enjoy some of the beauty that this country has to offer. If it could just be 24/7 for us all.

April 05, 2006 2:39 PM  
Blogger The Heretik said...

arh, makes me miss the east coast. Sigh.

April 05, 2006 4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even when the world appears to have lost it’s sanity, places like this have a kind of mental medication that is, to my way of thinking, indispensable.

I completely agree, POP. I live within view of the ocean for precisely that reason.

- oddjob

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