It’s been an interesting weekend. I haven’t gotten out much; instead, I’ve been working inside the apartment, doing all the things I have to do to keep myself fed, clothed, healthy, and relatively happy. But the other side of the equation is the endless stream of homework that I am digesting.
So when I had enough of looking at whiteboards and equations, I decided I needed to get outside. And more than just five minutes on the porch. So I went to the Petersburg National Battlefield and did a walkabout/driveabout. It was sublime today–about 66F with a very light breeze. And the lighting was even better. As I smelled and breathed the air, I was refreshed. As I looked at the colors and communed with Nature, I was renewed. Thoreau was so very aware of the essential quality to Nature:
“THIS IS A delicious evening, when the whole body is one sense, and imbibes delight through every pore. I go and come with a strange liberty in Nature, a part of herself. As I walk along the stony shore of the pond in my shirt-sleeves, though it is cool as well as cloudy and windy, and I see nothing special to attract me, all the elements are unusually congenial to me. The bullfrogs trump to usher in the night, and the note of the whip-poor-will is borne on the rippling wind from over the water. Sympathy with the fluttering alder and poplar leaves almost takes away my breath; yet, like the lake, my serenity is rippled but not ruffled.” (Link / Citation) (Thoreau, 5. “Solitude”)
Now the bounty. These show a sliver of what I experienced today. I have more photos of the “battle” aspect of the battlefield; those I will post tomorrow. No need to have weapons of war among this set.
What a wonderful day it was, outside today; full of wonder.