Posts Tagged ‘Photography
“Outdoor adventure and other recreational practices can express, evoke, and reinforce religious perceptions and orientations to natural and social worlds. Some participants in them understand nature itself to be sacred in some way and believe that facilitating human connections to nature is the most important aspect of their chosen practice. Such activities can be construed by scholars as “nature religion,” and profitably analyzed by comparing characteristics commonly associated with religion to the beliefs and practices of participants engaged in these activities.”
“Aquatic Nature Religion” three case studies that explore the religious, or religion-resembling aspects, of surfing, fly fishing, and whitewater kayaking. These studies provocatively ….conventional understandings of religion and pose anew the boundary question: Where does religion end and phenomena that are not religious begin?” Bron Raymond Taylor
“Nature worship is often considered the primitive source of modern religious beliefs and can be found….Common to most forms of nature worship is a spiritual focus on the individual’s connection and influence on some aspects of the natural world and reverence towards it.” (Wiki)
In its simplest manifestations for me, the outdoors is a sanctuary that renews, provides some indefinable spirituality and draws me more than any four walls of a church. I am not attempting to compete with formal religion or some Gaia/Pagan fantasy nor present the fervor of an ecobot.
I simply derive the strength and clarity for life from being outdoors more often than not. A True Religion for me and for many in my extended family. Whether it is fly fishing, hiking, backpacking, gardening or photography, being away from the pavement, urban sounds and the clock is an open door toward peace of mind and heart.
“A fish also uses its lateral-line system to determine the direction and distance to the source of a sound, sometimes with startling accuracy, and to orient itself in a current or position itself among waves. Experiments have shown that certain fish can detect and catch prey within 10 to 20 feet by using their lateral-line system.”
“A fish’s lateral line picks up nearby or near-field (within 20 to 30 feet or so) low-frequency sound caused by water movement and turbulence, which can be caused by currents or breaking waves, by movements or activity of other animals, or by movements of the fish itself. The lateral-line system is extremely accurate when the sound is within 5 feet or so. The ability to sense sound through the lateral-line system is sometimes referred to by scientists as a “distant touch” sense.” (Source: FlyLifeMagazine)
The above sensory magic of the lateral lines points to the need for obvious stealth when wading, rowing, kicking, paddling toward an area in search of fish.
“During the development of a tree, the lower limbs often die, but may persist for a time, sometimes years. Subsequent layers of growth of the attaching stem are no longer intimately joined with the dead limb, but are grown around it. Hence, dead branches produce knots which are not attached, and likely to drop out after the tree has been sawn into boards.” (Knots in Wood)
It rained hard the last few days. The warnings were coming of a small freshet and then the weather turning cold across the Northern tier. The rivers rose and now they will drop and clear. The damage from drastic rises in the rivers, even if not at flood stages, leaves behind telltale signs of levels once the waters drop below ‘normal’ levels.