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Spring wreath

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03-01-13 002aNow is the time of year you begin to see spring wreaths adorning doors and walls. They are generally decorated with delicate and pastel flowers and buds and brimming with the hopefulness Spring brings. Spring in the woods and the wetlands and the beaches looks a little different from Spring among the gardens. It is amazing how stark the difference can be between the cultivated or domesticated side of the outdoors and the more uncultivated and undomesticated side. Neither the one or the other is better, however they can be, almost have to be, appreciated in different ways. Even the ways they are approached and can be approached are significantly different – for most people a garden requires nothing more than stepping outside their door or building and one can be engulfed in the glories of many kinds of gardens. Unless you live in a very rural area or do not have easy access to a park or parks getting to an undomesticated area to see how Spring arrives is much more problematic. But it is worth the effort it takes to get to an undeveloped area to see all the seasons changing. Many of the elements we see in urban living are mirrored in what you will see on a beach or in a forest or by a lake in a wilder form. We have brought much of the art of nature on its own to live close to us in our day-to-day lives, an underlying theme in urban lives that is telling us we are not as far from the wild as we sometimes like to think. There is room for both the wild and the cultivated in our lives, don’t you think?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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