Yesterday I spent a wonderful day with a friend at another friend's acreage to gather inspiration for future paintings. The watershed project I mentioned recently was inspired by this acreage, by the idea that the land, and in turn the water sources that we rely on for nourishment, need to be protected. We spent time walking past a natural spring, past moss-covered rocks, down through the dogwood into the cattails in the marshland created by Nose Creek, photographing and then meditating at the top of the coulee. It was so refreshing to hear the silence of nature, birds swooping nearby, a horse grazing on the next acreage, following the footsteps of a deer, and seeing the area that inspired the beavers. And as I felt the blessing of the warmth of the sun on my face and the sweet sounds of the birds in the air, I was reminded of these lovely words:
"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer.
It sings because it has a song."
~ Maya Angelou
AIRdirondack Art Project