Is there anything more beautiful than wild?
This morning, I spotted these wild flowers and wanted to share the photograph. I'm sure we have all seen them. Common flowers, on an ordinary patch of dry grass. But so intricate. So beautiful on my walk this morning.
I love walking about in Cambridge. The word for someone like me might be flaneuse, but that sounds a little too fancy for who I am. I like to tread lightly on this land and stay under the radar, knowing I am not here for long. A speck of grain on a whirling planet around just one solar system in the universe. That's why I find such beauty in small things. I know I'm not alone. Increasingly, through this pandemic, we have all found beauty in what is right in front of our eyes.
Ecotherapy would suggest spending an hour studying just one metre of space, either on the ground, or perhaps on a branch of a tree, or on a wall or in a pond, and just observe. There is something very calming about really looking at the small. Right outside my house I have a corner of the garden I call 'honey-bee corner'. It is about ten foot by seven, perhaps, and crammed with flowers and lavender (and a couple of seats which are disappearing into the flowers). It is a small space, tucked away, before my city garden opens up to grass and trees and a wider landscape. Friends come over and are a little nervous of having three dozen bees or more a mere half a foot away from their face. But I like it, and they get used to it. I can sit and stare and watch the bees and butterflies from May right through to late September.
In this world which always encourages us to have more of this, bigger of that. More land, more material wealth, bigger spaces, it is good to remind ourselves of just what happens in a small space. The whole world is taking place, right in front of our nose.
Would love to see your photographs of your small space where you love to watch the world turn.
12/7/2022 03:17:19 pm
This is a very timely piece, thank you Charlot. Timely because the James Webb telescope images of 13 billion light years ago, showing galaxy after galaxy, we’re published today. Reminds me always of how small and inconsequential we are in comparison to so much that surrounds us. But, of course, our actions have consequences, whether that’s creating a wee bit of bee paradise in our own garden or fighting for the rights of others, being a voice for the voiceless. Small actions make a big difference. And small can be a wonder to look at. We’re currently on holiday in the Black Isle - surrounded by the small in nature…and the larger 🐬 xx
12/7/2022 07:21:17 pm
I'm so glad, Fiona. That holiday sound wonderful. I hope you have a peaceful and special time. xx
15/7/2022 12:31:14 am
Hi charlot I have a small garden here in alberta, but its filled with different veggies flowers and herbs i love just walking and smelling the different aromas and seeing the lines of lettuce and carrots standing to attention the tomatoes huddled in bunches waiting to be picked, the radishes seem extra hot the scent of the flowers just touch the air with their heady scents my favourite time in my small garden to sit relax pick up a good book (charlot king) glass of white chilled wine pure heaven
16/7/2022 11:22:28 am
Hi Lesley, that fills me with peace, in the knowledge that we share that common humanity - our love of nature. It's all around us, isn't it. And if we all let it in (as you and I have), I'm sure humanity would be happier. Such peace. Such beauty. Thank you for sharing. I'm so grateful x
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