Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Perfect Place (SWF)

Cowan Lake
Backwater, August 2009

We found ourselves in this same spot, barely 2 months ago, crossing the lake from the public launch.
Tracing a path that took us past the boats and beaches, curves and coves, to the quiet water beyond, where spring had gathered them all—
to raise the young of this season.

Young Canada Geese

Female Red-winged Blackbird feeding young

Male Red-winged Blackbird over backwater, June 2009

And I wondered what it was I felt there—
in the dark and dense and still.
More than taste or touch, sight or sound, the sense of perfect place.

The water black, the shaded air cool,
young wood ducks scuttered through the cattails,
downy goslings cuddled in a lump,
never far from their mother’s eye.

That this place would be chosen over all others,
by these, whose lives have but one purpose.
In that space, was the collective wisdom greater than human.

American Lotus, Nelumbo lutea, in bloom,
Cowan Lake, August 2009












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32 comments:

Rita said...

WOW beautiful photos!! Love those baby geese and those of the water lilies, especially the close ups, are stunning.

Arija said...

Such a wonderfully beutiful post! Your lyrical descritions all the young birds heralding another round of lufe, and those super=beautiful Lotus! Lotus flowers have so much beauty from bud to seed pod, wonderful caprures indeed.

Ginnymo said...

What a beautiful post Nina!! Love those baby geese and the close ups in the other photos are amazing!! So peaceful.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

It looks like these lovely lotus are going to take over the lake. Aren't they just the most beautiful things?? Enjoyed this trip across the lake.

Steve B said...

Beautiful post, Nina.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

All I can say is "Wow!" That's truly a terrific post. You rarely disappoint ... and always leave the reader (that's me) with something to think about.

Trillium said...

The artistic simplicity of this post and your entire blog is inspirational! Fantastic closeups of the water lily.

Mold Damage Anne Arundel, MD said...

Amazing pictures! The one flower is so interesting! I almost looks fake!

<3 Lindsay

Carolyn H said...

Lovely, Nina. And the photos go perfectly with the words.

Carolyn h.

Squirrel said...

This touched me deeply. "More than taste or touch, sight or sound, the sense of perfect place." and "In that space, was the collective wisdom, greater than human"

Your recognition of the balance and perfectness of it all moved me and gave me words for my own feeling about some places. It isn't everywhere but occasionally there is that one perfect place or even one perfect moment that feeds my soul, mind and body. It is a recognition, a connection. You have spoken for me.

Thank you for your words.

T.R. said...

What a beautiful tribute to the backwater places that people often see no beauty in and yet the natural world converges and begs to differ. Beautiful SWF!

Dagrun said...

I fell completely for the last shots; the macro shots. I did not know that the water lillies are so beautiful. Lovely SWF post.

Lynn said...

Beautiful. I especially like the close-ups of the water lilies.

Erin said...

beautiful captures of life beginning and life blooming...a most wonderful series of shots.

Rocky Mountain Retreat said...

Nina, I enjoyed this pretty post and the beautiful photos the you had shown...

bowledover said...

Lovely post and thank you for the various stages of the lily.
It was perfection in its bloom and so nice to see its seed head.
Your wild life too brings a smile of pleasure.

Baruch said...

Beautiful selection of photos

Texas Travelers said...

Great series of photos.

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bobbie said...

Very beautiful pictures, Nina

scienceguy288 said...

Dried out, these make a wonderful rattle...

Susan at Stony River said...

The baby geese are beautiful, but I love the lotus best. Gorgeous photos, every one!

Kathiesbirds said...

Nina, so beuatiful to watch in a series. I did not know that seed pod was from a lotus blossom until today. Someone else has one posted on their blog also but I've been to so many already that I forgot where I saw it!

Jana said...

Wow, so pretty! Seed pod looks like a shower head.

J Bar said...

It does look perfect.
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Mary said...

Your writing is as beautiful as the photos, painting its own picture.

Tara R. said...

Gorgeous photos! That first shot is so peaceful and serene.

Maria said...

Stunning Creation ~
Wonderfully poetic commentary
So that's the female Red-winged Blackbird~ I see the males all the time... must look for the females now!
Thank you for the beautiful inspiration ~ Maria

chanpheng said...

Nice photos. I enjoy seeing the US lotus flowers!

JOE TODD said...

Thanks for the post. I recently got to spend some time on some "back waters" on the French River in Canada. Loved all your pictures

Appalachian Lady said...

Loved the photos of the American Lotus.

Deborah Godin said...

I came here, got so engrossed in beauty of the photos, and then went to the video, was utterly entranced, and...I just realized I forgot to leave a comment!!

ThreadBeaur said...

Your photos are fantastic! What amazing detail you are able to capture! I can't wait to see what your next adventure will be.