Monday, November 23, 2009

open to it all

Late this afternoon, on a walk across a high meadow on the outskirts of Bend, Oregon, I spied a series of lenticular clouds hanging over the mountains. These unusually-shaped formations are among my favorites, sometimes appearing as silky caps on mountain peaks or as UFO impostors hovering overhead. The air today is cool, fresh and highly scented by pine trees. There is a new thick layer of snow on the trail which appears before me like the sheet music of some modern piece, a staccato of notes formed by rabbit prints and other assorted small scurrying things. I breathe deeply and feel my legs taking me further into the interior. I tug at the hood of my sweatshirt and draw the strings tighter to stave the chill. Like a monk on a mission, I am off into God's country, so to speak, to enjoy its splendor.


J Bar said...

A great sky.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Sylvia K said...

Lovely thoughts, lots of beauty and reasons to think.



cieldequimper said...

Gorgeous. I wish I could smell the clear, cold pine-scented air.
Thank you for the flowers!

Raksha said...

What flashed on me immediately when I looked at this picture last night is the song "Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell. However it was the Judy Collins version that Bill and I used to listen to over and over again in the Sixties. "Both Sides Now" was the title song to her album of that name. What brought that song to mind was neither the words nor the picture, but the combination or synergy of both.

I just read the Pico Iyer essay you linked to earlier. I also posted the link to my Facebook profile because it's one of the best things I've ever read.

SandyCarlson said...

Definitely UFOish. I like!

Linnea W said...

Great capture. I saw such clouds hanging around Mt. Shasta once, but we don't see them down here in the San Fran Bay Area. Happy Thanksgiving!