A recent conversation with my sister inspired me to post a few of my flower portraits. Like her, I find the colors, textures, and exquisite delicacy of blooming plants an appealing target for my lens. Here are a few collected from recent years.
A few years ago I listened in on a conversation with poet, novelist, and essayist Wendell Berry, introduced that day as “without question the leading agrarian of our time.” He suggested a definition of this term agrarian as a “love for farming” that includes an inclination to put land first as our highest value. “Access to land,” Berry surmised, “provides…
Today my father turns 85, and he remains a living presence that continues to teach and inspire for those who pay attention.
We have much to be angry about, and good reason to be sad. But neither sadness nor anger alone have much effect for lasting change in the world.
Artist Donald Judd concluded, “Art is everything at once.” I would expand on his insight. We are all artists all the time, making the greatest works of art imaginable in our very being.
Religion has been an implied value in America’s national park idea from the time of the earliest nineteenth-century parks to the present. But the religious element usually remains buried in visitors’ private aesthetic responses to park experiences and attractions. Rarely do specific theological views appear in the parks, even in unofficial activities or park uses. Certainly, the National Park Service…