18 December 2017
Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr.
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Mary Oliver is a favorite nature writer, and I’ve previously written about her works. As I began to form my thoughts for the image in the Lens section, this poem says in stunning language what was on my mind. It’s perfect: the grace, lyricism and gentle symbiosis of the season’s alteration of what I experience.
“Lines Written in the Days of Growing Darkness”
Every year we have been
witness to it: how the
into a rich mash, in order that
it may resume.
who would cry out
to the petals on the ground
knowing as we must,
how the vivacity of what was is married
to the vitality of what will be?
I don’t say
it’s easy, but
what else will do
if the love one claims to have for the world
So let us go on, cheerfully enough,
this and every crisping day,
though the sun be swinging east,
and the ponds be cold and black,
and the sweets of the year be doomed.
by Mary Oliver, A Thousand Mornings: Poems, 2012
“The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves” ~~ Jane Goodall, British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace.
I was reminded about that experience as I read a review of the recently released documentary “Jane” (September, 2017, one hour and thirty minutes). The film was created from one hundred hours of unseen footage from the National Geographic’s archives. Here is the article (“Brett Morgen Talks About Re-Creating Jane Goodall’s Jungle in ‘Jane,’ written by Katie O’Reilly and published 14 December 2017 on the Sierra Club’s website) that tells how the story of “Jane” was made. The documentary has won numerous awards and is a tribute to her tireless contribution to nature and science. Watch for it at your local movie. Today Goodall is 82 years old and remains a champion of chimpanzees.