Lichens on Volcanic Rock, South Wallowas . . .
On the road in the Northwest of America.

Worlds, Large & Small . . .

There are some complementarities that are not only basic,
but also somehow essential. One that comes immediately
to mind is a balanced culture's need to have both a Lunar
and a Solar calendar. Another, is an individual's need for
both a small, intimate, protected space for the body to rest at
night, balance by the need by day for a vast open unbounded
Montana-like sky to allow for one's spirit to let go of the known
and fully unfold.

A third related essential complementarity is that of large and
small, of the birder's binoculars and the botanist's magnifying
glass, or the photographer's wide-angle lens for the big view,
and the close-up macro lens to give voice to the myriad
miraculous details of the worlds of the small and the very, very,

Don't take my word for it. Try it! It's good for the mind, good
for the eyes. Like drinking healthy spring water, or throwing
oneself after a good sweat into a cold, fast-running stream.
Reaching out to take in the far away; reaching down to bring
up into better view the often neglected, overlooked, yet very
beautiful and very near.

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(created: I.6.2008)