Letting In Some Light

slice-of-life_individualWendell Berry’s poem “In the Peace of Wild Things” is one of my favorites because I can so readily relate to turning to Nature as a source of solace. During recent weeks, so many people have done the same, desperate for some relief from the dizzying, dismaying reality of our world these days.

These days my own forays into nature have taken on an almost frantic air. I feel slightly desperate to find some space to breathe, to escape. I am perpetually thankful that I live in a place where I have so many options to do so; yet, in view of our current national woes, these moments feel tinged with guilt or almost inappropriate somehow. As a friend recently questioned seriously on a Twitter post,  “How dare I enjoy my garden?”

Still, I need the time within nature to pull my thoughts out of torturous circles, to find a short respite from the ongoing concerns of our embattled country, to find some peace. So, I go out and wander and take pictures when I can, and when I can’t not.

I post my photos frequently, seeking to share the beauty and solace I find. With them, I send an implicit message: “Look at the beauty in our world. Lose yourself in it for just a moment. Breathe.” Still, in the midst of such turmoil and tragedy, I worry that I’m being tone deaf  when I post photos of lily pads, dandelions, and osprey.

Then this past Saturday, I shared these photos:


Beneath them, two friends commented:Screen Shot 2020-06-02 at 6.00.25 AM

So, while I puzzle over how to do my part, how to stand up for what I believe while balancing my need to be informed and my need to periodically retreat, I’m still sharing. I’m hoping to find peace amongst the wild things and to offer that momentary respite to others. The presence of beauty doesn’t deny the darkness surrounding us, instead perhaps it lets a bit of light in so that we can replenish ourselves, gather up our strength, and persevere. At least, I hope so.

13 thoughts on “Letting In Some Light

  1. Debbie Lynn says:

    Awesome photo. I love the middle one and this favorite line from your story, “‘m hoping to find peace amongst the wild things and to offer that momentary respite to others.”

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  2. margaretsmn says:

    Your photos are so comforting and inspiring. I am having guilty feelings because I am surrounded by love of children and grandchildren. My world is for them right now. It’s hard to sit still and not do anything, but I need to believe that there will be a time for me to act. For now, I am where I need to be.

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  3. Anita Ferreri says:

    Your photos this week, and other weeks, are wonderful and reflect the solace and peace we all seek. Keep them coming.

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  4. cvarsalona says:

    Do not fret because you are seeking solace, Molly. We all need to find comfort in our passions. They help us deal with the horrific happenings in life. I found myself in a similar state these past few days. I need the quiet to restore my thoughts like you do. Your wanderings are such a comfort. Thanks for sharing nature’s joys. I shall “Look at the beauty in our world and lose myself in it for just a moment.”

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  5. Jan Hamilton says:

    You find comfort and solace in your garden and we feel it in your words. No guilt.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Molly. You are helping ease the pain in a chaotic world.

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  7. jacqueslebec says:

    I offer this quote frequently I don’t know who first said it. “If you have the time spend 1/2 hour in nature if you are busy spend 2.”

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  8. Receiving your blog regularly is a source of joy. Please continue to share the beauty of nature and in your life.

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