Today we begin to feel the brunt of the storm coming to Florida: rain, rain, rain--and eventually high winds. No fishing for these guys for the rest of the week . . .
Tybee Island Lighthouse in Georgia
"Lighthouses don't go running around all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining." Anne Lamott
And here's a "lighthouse" quote for all you philosophers out there: "Metaphysics is a dark ocean without shores or lighthouse, strewn with many a philosophic wreck." Kant
"those who would see directly into essential nature (must see) what is before our eyes: plain thusness. Roots, stems, and branches are all equally scratchy. No hierarchy, no equality. No occult and exoteric, no gifted kids and slow achievers. No wild and tame, no bound or free, no natural and artificial. Each totally its own frail self. Even though connected all which ways; even because connected all which ways. This, thusness, is the nature of the nature of nature. The wild in wild." Gary Snyder
This is Snyder's version (I think) of Thoreau's: it's not about what you look at, it's what you see.
Early, I know, but as summer drags on (and on) here, I begin to look forward to cooler days and especially cooler nights. Some Floridians flee to North Carolina sometime during our endless summers; I remember it as at its best in autumn, as shown above . . .
Brooker Creek Preserve
Pinellas County, Florida
"Objects seen every day are scarce seen at all . . . So much need is there for change of scene, new points of view. How many notice so glorious a phenomenon as the rising sun over a familiar landscape? All that is necessary to make any landscape visible and therefore impressive is to regard it from a new point of view, or from an old one with our heads upside down. Then we behold a new heaven and a new earth and are born again . . . the scales fall from our eyes " John Muir