Touching the Earth

The following are from a trip we took yesterday to visit Virginia’s brother and wife, with a side trip to Jay Cooke State Park. Fresh in my mind were some meditations by Thich Nhat Hanh, which we had read a few days earlier (excerpt follows the photos).

Fall Leaves

Rock and River

Birch Bark

St. Louis River

Rock and Root

The day has now ended.
Our lives are shorter.
Now we look carefully.
What have we done?

Noble Sangha, with all our heart,
let us be diligent,
engaging in the practice.
Let us live deeply,
free from afflictions,
aware of impermanence
so that life does not
drift away without meaning.

— Thich Nhat Hanh, “Gatha on Impermanence,” from Touching the Earth: Intimate Conversations with the Buddha.

View the rest of the photos from our excursion here.

4 Replies to “Touching the Earth”

  1. Beautiful photos. There is nothing like spending time outdoors during this time of year enjoying the beauty of the Fall season, one of my favorite times of the year.

  2. Lovely photos.

  3. I luv all the natural colours of nature in your pics. Truly inspiring and you both look great in your handknits!

  4. But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
    and in His law he meditates day and night.
    He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither;
    and in whatever he does, he prospers.

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