Art, for me, is that cup visually spilling over and me wanting to share the solace my soul feels when walking through a forest or noticing wildlife–even if it is only just in my own back yard. When my soul is not able to rest and breathe, I find that it grows tight and small. I feel in my chest a gripping sensation as though something is trying to hold on for dear life. It is fight or flight. Only when I expand my world does that feeling go away. The expansion occurs when I feel awe and wonder.
For example the surprise of finding my first morel hiding under a huge May Apple leaf! Elinor and I were looking for quite some time. She actually found some cut stems that someone else had already taken. We walked farther down the path and came across another patch of May Apples up a bit farther on the side of a hill. There is was! I swear it was glowing in the sunshine with beams of radiance exuding from within! Then the angels started singing... lol.
|My first wild morel sighting... without assistance.|
|Deer joyfully playing with one another.|
|Trying to see fish or frogs at Afton Prairie Park. Gracie was not interested.|
|Baby bunnies exploring in the grass for the first time.|
|Lake falls at Mattheisen State Park in Utica, IL|
|Fools Gold (?) in the sediment at the bottom of the falls.|
|Hiked the canyons of Mattheisen State Park in Utica, IL|
|Paul sees Lake Falls for the first time.|
We had started at Matthiessen Lake. Then we walked down to see the bottom of Lake Falls. We spotted a deep impression called the Giant's Bathtub, rounded out to Cedar Point, and continued to Cascade Falls. We ended up hiking a full circle back to the lake where we saw a beautiful and large great blue heron landed on some dead logs and begin to hunt. I was surprised and happy to see how clear the lake was. Fish were abundant. I could see them from the top of the bridge!
|bridge over the canyon|
|An inch worm takes the bridge over the canyons. Smart worm!|