Sunday, October 09, 2011

Sunday Safari

In October I carry envelopes in my pockets.
I never know when I will find seeds.
I never know when I will find a Spirit house.

I watch as the Bright Eyes Cosmos set seeds.
I watch as they dry in the Autumn sun.
It is the way of Spirit, seed to seed.
I watched as the bees pollinated the squash blossoms.
I watched as the squash grow into fruit.
I harvested for supper.
The Spirit of the squash lives on in the bee and me.
I am watching the chrysalis of the Black Swallowtail.
There are 15 in my house.
These are the Spirit Houses of the butterfly.
I hunt for Spirit Houses each October.

We drove through two very old cemeteries today.
We talked about Spirit Houses.

We talked about birds

and the way color is the Spirit of the leaves.

We talked about bugs and gargoyles.

We talked about symbols.

I think about Spirit.
I ponder life
and death.
I look for beauty for it is the language of the soul.
 I find cemeteries to be very beautiful.
It is the way the living honor the dead that fascinates me.

It is the sacredness of  roots
 and the way leaves dance that enchant me.

There are many stories in cemeteries.

There are many stories in my backyard.

We celebrated international
Observe the Moon Night last night.

We looked at the moon with about 125 others.
We went to the Powell Observatory.
They have a 30 inch telescope.

We had found the Observatory
while on an Artist date last week.
We have a date to go to the Observatory
for October 22 and the 29th.
Hope the skies are clear.

We have our telescope set up in our backyard.
We are learning the Autumn Night Sky.

I would love to see Nebulas.
These are huge Spirit Houses.

We are going to Cahokia
this coming week.
We will share these sacred grounds
with our dear friends.

We are also going to an Autumn festival.
We are sharing the Spirit of the season.
We are building on our traditions.

Happy Sunday Safari


Wendy said...

My goodness, this post is chock full of good information, happenings, and spirit! October is a colourful and eventful month.

Cemeteries are good places to visit for history. I am in awe of the stones whose writings have worn away. They are so old!

Happy Sunday Safari

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How wonderful to go to the observatory! And I love walking through old cemeteries, too and pondering life and death...and the particular lives of those in the cemetery. Enjoy your week ahead! We'll be watching for birds to migrate through this part of Florida. I saw 2 dozen geese fly over in a V last week! ♥

Lisa at Greenbow said...

You are a busy girl. Cemeteries do facinate me. I hope to be scattered on a mountain top some time. Happy Sunday Safari.

Cheryl said...

Dear Sherry,

I to have a fascination with cemetries. I am blessed that a ten minute walk from my home takes me to a copse. Inside the copse, tangled in blackberry butshes are the graves of a family. They go back to the 17th century. People then would bury family members near their homes....I see many of these, where nature honour them and man appears to have forgotten them. I never forget......I often stand in the midst of them, close my eyes and feel all that has gone before me.

I do hope you have a wonderful trip with your friends.....

I am a star and moon gazer. There is little light here, so the sky is full of stars and all manner of wondrous things.

A beautiful post, which touched my heart......

Tumblewords: said...

Thank you for sharing your exquisite photos and words. Sunday Safari offers a wonderfully upbeat way to learn the world.

Rose said...

Such a lovely, lyrical post, Sherry. Your words remind me of the beliefs and traditions of Native Americans, that respect for nature and the closeness to the spirits of all that have gone before. I've often thought that today's society would do well to learn from them. Enjoy Cahokia!

Flat Creek Farm said...

I've missed my visits here!! So beautiful, as always. We have been to the Deutsch Country Days a few years ago, and loved it! I want to go back! Enjoy all the Fall Fun. Thanks for sharing the beauty around us :) -Tammy

Judy said...

Sherry, I love the second and third photos!! That orange cosmos with the tiny butterfly is just beautiful!! And I love the bee covered with pollen! You always have so many interesting photos!

David said...

Hi Sherry,
I liked this post a lot. Cemeteries are filled with such interesting memories and you showed some great symbols of spirit. Great post. David :-)


Old cemeteries are cool, aren't they? I love the weathered, crusty cement architectures. Great photos!

Barb said...

Your many manifestations of Spirit are uplifting. To acknowledge Spirit as you do is a gift and a blessing. Enjoy your autumn.