Spring flowers
autumn moon
summer breezes
winter snow:

With mind uncluttered
·  this is  ·
the finest season!

-Wúmén Huìkāi


Spring flowers, autumn moon; summer breezes, winter snow:
With mind uncluttered, this is the finest season.

–Wumen Huikai



Intention:  The purpose of this journal is, in part, to celebrate and share one attractive and nature-rich place on earth, its creation and continuation, its role in local history and in greater matters of ecology and society: settlement and habitation, war, peace, land-use planning, intentional hydrology and purposeful preservation.

Yet however “special” this pond and its hundred acre wood may seem to those who live or visit here, it is but one diagonal blue splash in a town almost half of whose area is somehow conserved (with interesting consequences for property taxes and social heterogeneity); one small tributary to a great and storied river. Nor are ponds scarce hereabouts: Beaver, more isolated and natural; Walden, more famous and swimmable; Flint’s, more broad and potable, to name a few.

All natural scientists, most social scientists and a few political leaders understand that a thing—any thing—can best be understood simultaneously as sum of parts, integral entity, and part of a greater whole. How one employs that understanding—for exploitation and profit, for the betterment of others and all, for private and collective enjoyment, for a deeper reflection of oneself and one’s own life and purposes—tends to determine how (and even what) one sees and appreciates.

So a second purpose of this record is to urge those who can to enjoy what is here, while perhaps encouraging readers afar more closely to engage the minute detail, grand sweep and personal presence of whatever place and environment they may inhabit. Most of the photographs were made with inexpensive (even shirt-pocket) cameras, as an expression of the primacy of presence and relationship over technology.

Because for those open to experience it, magic—imputed, imagined, implicate—everywhere abounds:
 immanent, ever-present, waiting to be found, seen, made.



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Deepest appreciation to teachers: Winifred Milius Lubell, Joseph Moore Cadbury, Frances Hovey Ekstrom.



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Gerunding is intransitive:

To become wealthy, gather
To become wise, release
~ Lao Tzu 48


Presence and other gifts