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181. twilight over the trees in minneapolis

clouds dancing

to the dwindling light

lingering in the sky

deep blues

bright oranges

they collide

into the clouds

soft ethereal skin

bathing in divine radiance


172. blue gold macaw observing past its right wing

a sun ray catches the lens of the bird’s eye

setting it aflame

a sublime combination

of color and form

nature coming alive

to express its wondrous and infinite beauty


165. tiny twig

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like an explosion of fireworks

a tiny twig soars through the air

culminating in delicate leaves

luminous flares of yellow and purple

reaching out for the light


162. chard

 

life seems to not make any sense at all at times

but there are moments when all the pieces come together

everything makes perfect sense

for an instant, all the pieces fit

only to see them all fall apart

as the veins are running through the leaves

so are ours running through our bodies

pumping blood

gushing life

in and out

coming and going

it is this ebb and flow

this coming and going

of pain and suffering

pleasure and delight

that lets us appreciate life

in all its beautiful and diverse manifestations


158. la neblina

up in the mountains at volcán irazú

tiny wildflowers and a soft carpet of grass become the edges of the road

a fence made of branches

gives monumental scale to the ancient tree

a silent, standing, patient witness to the curtains of mist

showering the earth below


151. poró gigante

a wild pigeon contemplates the horizon at the top of a giant poró

this enormous, graceful tree paints the costa rican landscape with its vibrant colors

each bright brushstroke is a petal from a curvaceous flower that the tree so elegantly displays

nature gives us this beautiful masterpiece in a bright sunny day

a silent reminder of the miracle and endless wonder of life

i am grateful for sharing space with this creation

 


142. the great wall

snaking along the northern asian mountains

the great wall of china still stands

a testimony to the lack of unity in mankind

a reminder that we must all get past history

past our differences, shed all fear

that biggest of illusions, that impedes us

from remembering that the only reality is love

that we are all part of one loving one

the great monument is not the stones, the parapets, the steps

it is the majestic mountain range

undulating the surface of the earth as far as my eyes can see

that display of nature’s magnificence is greatness, beauty, awe

humbled by the great mother

gratitude for life fills my soul

 


139. trees

head in the heavens, feet firmly rooted, deep below the earth

dancing, swaying, celebrating with the wind

sequestering what is superfluous

turning it into what we need

giving out all that is good

being a habitat for life to thrive

striving, reaching out for the sun

let us learn from these patient, noble, loving beings


136. el caricaco

the beach nomads

hermit crabs protect their vulnerable tails out of found objects in the sand

when they outgrow their mobile home, they get together and make a line by size

then, in an act of cooperation, they let go of their shell and take the bigger vacant one

dancing a conga line together to survive

we call them caricacos in costa rica

they love coconut and, like kids, will swarm to anything sweet

i saw a giant one the size of a bowling ball when i was a kid

i was so amazed by its size

i then understood that anything in this life is possible

just one of the beautiful inhabitants of our beaches

a mentor for all who are willing to learn

observe nature, endless answers will then unfold


129. pura vida

yesterday costa rica celebrated its independence

we are one of the smallest, yet happiest nations in the planet

we only cover 0.1% of the planet’s surface, yet hold a brilliant, beautiful and diverse 5% of the world’s biodiversity

25% of our country is revered and protected as national parks, most of the rest of it still looks like one

we are the only country in the world to not decrease or sustain, but increase our forest coverage, 100% in the last 20 years

95% of our energy is provided by our mother earth, from wind, hydroelectric and geothermal sources

we are the first nation to abolish its army, and public education is free and mandatory

our wealth is not measured in money, skyscrapers, or possessions

our wealth is measured in our ancient trees, rivers, waterfalls, mountains, volcanoes, beaches, frogs, butterflies, birds, dolphins, turtles, monkeys, whales, humans, the list goes on

our way of life is encapsulated on our most famous saying, ‘ pura vida ‘

so if you ever find yourself drawn to our nation, please visit it with respect for its people and places

support and visit the places that are ecologically mindful, and do not spend a cent on those huge hotels that are scarring the face of our coasts

we must send a message to everyone on this planet that it is being in relationship with nature what really matters in this life, not owning it and looking down on it to do as you please with it

support, play, celebrate and participate with our people, biologists, artists, campesinos and so many more that love our mother earth as much as they love love itself

paz, amor, alegría, pura vida costa rica!