W4W: Inspiration, A Personal Journey
We all need it. So where do you find it? What stimulates you? How do you find your motivation?
There are many lessons to be learned from nature, it is always my go to place. If you listen, Mother Nature is always communicating. We just need to open our ears, eyes, heart and mind.
Earth teach me suffering ~ as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility ~ as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring ~ as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage ~ as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation ~ as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom ~ as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance ~ as the leaves that die each fall.
Earth teach me renewal ~ as the seed that rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself ~ as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness ~ as dry fields weep with rain.
- An Ute Prayer
My journey began as a child when my mother planted the seed that grew within me. I watched her in the garden as she created a beautiful palate of colors and textures that was the envy of all our neighbors. It was my favorite place to play, relax and enjoy the outdoors. We moved often to many different parts of the United States and abroad but we always had the most amazing garden. My mother would start on the garden even before all the boxes were unpacked. Growing up I recall spending a lot of time outdoors, rain or shine, snow or ice. We experienced it all. Family hikes in the mountains, trips to beaches and everywhere in between, fueled a love for nature and all its flora and fauna.
My father's photography inspired my love of the landscape and seeing the world from behind the lens. I recall stopping often on drives through the countryside or mountains so that he could get a certain shot. I often find myself doing the exact same thing. He always lugged his huge camera case filled with numerous lenses and tripod even when we went hiking. His cameras of choice were a Hasselblad, Linhof and Zeiss Contarex. I spent many hours with him in our basement dark room observing the master at work. He was my own personal Ansel Adams. He gave me my first Polaroid when I was nine years old and I was hooked. I continue to aspire to his level of mastery of the craft but my primary focus is to document nature and the beauty and lessons it has to offer.
As a mother I have passed on my parent's teachings about nature to my children. I am ardent that my children spend as much time outdoors as possible...playing, exploring, examining and learning. I think Mother Nature is one of the best teachers a child can have.
|My youngest son with a lizard.|
Education is the key. It opens one's mind to so many possibilities and allows us to make informed decisions. As a Master Gardener, I have the distinct privilege to teach children about the outside world and the importance of a healthy Eco-system. I teach them how to grow food and explain the health benefits of eating a colorful platter. The children love to get outside and see, feel, touch and observe the plants and wildlife around them. They have such curious minds that are ready to absorb as much knowledge as we can feed them. In our day of technology this is more critical than ever. Children need to reconnect with the dirt and learn to use all 5 senses outdoors. My hope is that I will inspire one of these students to become a gardener and good stewards of our planet. Their curiosity, excitement and willingness to learn inspires me to continue down this path.
Inspiration can be found in many places and many ways. Sometimes we are inspired by people, events or experiences. Sometimes it is a book, a photograph or observation. You can read a wonderful serious of posts at Garden Walk Garden Talk about inspiration. And I encourage you to check out the links for Word for Wednesday to see what others have to say. Who knows, maybe you will be inspired.