Fireflies

In Western culture alone, they carry “a vast network of associations including such distinct and even contradictory significances as childhood, crop, doom, elves, fear, habitat change, idyll, love, luck, mortality, prostitution, solstice, stars and fleetingness of words and cognition,” wrote Stefan Ineichen, a firefly researcher in Switzerland, in a 2016 paper published in Advances in Zoology and Botany.

Short documentary Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night

“Quechua speakers in the Andes call fireflies añañahui, or “ghost eyes.”… 

I just call them a beautiful wonder in the night…

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“using the mind completely” & “…passing the world right through.”

The way of transcending the world
Exists in passing the world right through.
It is not necessarily in severing ties
With others and fleeing the world altogether.
The means of understanding one’s mind
Exist in using the mind completely.
It is not necessarily in cutting off from desires
And turning the mind to ashes.

– Hung Ying-ming

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If one purifies the ground of one’s own mind

and beholds one’s own nature,

There remains no Pure Land for which to hope,

No hell to fear,

No passions to overcome,

No duality of good and evil.

One is free from the cycle of rebirths.

One will be born in every life as one’s mind wishes.

– Ikkyu

Another Off the Tumblr

A drum, a banjo, a nice rug and table, Hudson’s Bay trade blanket, ash-woven pack basket and kerosene lanterns, Filson waxed hat…. THIS is old-school camping at its very best!

It’s what I love about canoe camping… you can take along a lot of luxuries. The funny part is I have the same hat, the same [but really, really old] blanket, a banjo, the same table and a close approximation of the rug!]

photo: http://mizar113.tumblr.com/

 

King of the Forest

Magnificent British Oak out on the Norfolk Broads in NE England.

You can see exactly why so many British oaks were cut down for use by the Navy in the 14th through the 19th centuries. Each fork in the branches would, in varying sizes, yield what was called a “knee”. These were the naturally shaped, angled reinforcements used as bracing in wooden ship construction. The massive trunks gave the frames and planking. Smaller branches became the pegs to hold it all together.

Great photo from ForresterBushcraft on the Tumblr

Support the USNPS

Don’t let Smokey stand alone.

Since 1872, and the establishment of Yellowstone, generations of our forebears have encouraged the politicians of their time to support the establishment and maintenance of our national parks for the generations yet to come. Please do what you can to keep the politicians of our time from selling out our children’s fragile natural heritage.

Check out these “apocalyptic” NPS posters for a glimpse of what could come if we don’t stand up and speak out…. >>CLICK<<

Bodhisattva, Bodhisattva, Bodhisattva…

 

You say, “If you want to be happy
There’s no way, but to be a hermit.
Flowers in the grove
Are better than brocade;
Every single season’s colors new.
Just sit by a creek and turn your head
To watch the moon ball roll.”

And me?

I ought to be at joyous ease,
But I can’t help thinking of the people in the world.

– Shih Te (8th c.)