Aglow

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Photo: S. Levenberg

 

Beaches with sprawling, gentle surf are among my favorite things in the world. Long, shallow waves that coat expanses of sand evoke an instant relaxation response in me, and this glowing photo taken in Australia is no exception. The light on the water deepens the magic and transports me to time before time and this very moment in time, where the steady breath of the ocean pulses the very heartbeat of Earth and moon and sun.

 

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World Genius

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Photo: Amitai Asif

 

There’s a brilliance

To the cosmos

That shines brighter than

All stars.

An artistry

To nature’s glory

That far exceeds anything

I can actually

Understand.

 

 

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Mighty Layered

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Photo: Amitai Asif

 

In the mighty desert

Old times loom.

Layers of crushed history

Pressed by ancient rain

By ash and mud

Bones and sand.

Carved craters

Cleaved by flaming travelers

Hurling from

Beyond the sun.

Pressed down eras

Sandwiched by eternity

And painted

In primordial

Deposits:

Iron

Copper

Lime.

 

 

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Glorious

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The Canadian Rockies (Photo: Ronit Koren)

 

In the magnificence of mountains

Hewed from sky

Calved by glaciers

Raised by heaving earth

Aged by wind

Shorn by storms,

Awe is

Born.

 

 

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Sweet Nothings

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Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

In the constant feed of drama

And five-minute-news of all-that’s-wrong

And all that must be done

And all that cannot yet

Or won’t be,

Seek a spot of shade

And a penchant for deep breathing.

Nurture moments of quietude

Of birdsong

Children’s laughter

And the breeze whispering

Sweet nothings to your soul.

 

 

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Infinitely Finite

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Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

Within the infinite expanse

So immeasurably borderless

In perpetual ebb

And flow

And breath

And glow,

There hides

The implausible

Yet glaringly finite

Reality

That it too

Is delimited

By wind

And storm

And distant shores.

 

 

 

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Wait a Minute!

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Photo: Amitai Asif

 

I love the tension captured in this photo of partially camouflaged Nubian Ibex. This “wait a moment!” stare-at-the-camera image was taken in the fraction between the two does realizing the human’s proximity and them springing away.

 

 

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Structured

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Photo: Amitai Asif

 

At first glance I wasn’t sure what had made my nephew stop to snap this photo of a monochromatic, drab dry bulb laying on the ground. Then I took another look and understood: in it lay the promise; the potential stored; the strength of tender yet tenacious tendril roots that had worked to nourish the more glamorous aspects of whatever plant this had been and maybe still was. Curiosity raised my eyebrows for the few seconds it took me to realize which side of this natural structure was ‘up’ or ‘down.’ I found myself pondering the mysteries and histories held by this brown bulb – now bare and barren on dry dirt – in the rain it had drunk and energies it had generated and the earthworms that had undulated around it … in the story as it would be told by the few leaves still left clinging, dry but home.

How incredible. How incredibly mundane. How marvelously so.

 

 

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