Monday, July 20, 2009

a different path

so we left the house
all excited about going berry picking this weekend..

ready to take a million photos
and pick a billion berries
with visions of making tarts and pies
and filling our mouths with piles of them
fresh from the bushes
...strawberries, huckleberries, blackberries and raspberries..
just like i did when i was a kid
(i still remember the very first blackberry i ate right from the vine)

only to find that the farm
was already sold out of all of its berries
for the season
(what? how can this early in the season?
well..then again, we're talking about organic berries..
which are sadly, very hard to come by around here)

darn. i was so super disappointed
..mad at myself really..
for having put off our little berry adventure again and again
(we'd been talking about picking them ourselves for months and months..)

then i remembered something i had read that morning..
a little thought of the day
(yogi teas come with small phrases, words of wisdom
printed on their tea tags..)
which most of the time
really do make me atleast think for a moment
during the day

this one said
'empty yourself and let the universe fill you'
(something more poetic, but along those lines)

and suddenly
i realized just exactly what this meant
and just exactly how it could help the situation
(yogi are my personal guru..yes you are!)

so i threw away my expectations
(mainly my disappointment)
we just set out exploring the countryside
with no plans at all
to see what we could find

..we discovered all sorts of great things..
a sweet little nature preserve
sortof hidden and tucked away
with a beautiful pond

all sorts of overgrown paths
(not scary overgrown..)
just sweet and smelling of chamomile
and begging to be explored

we played like kids

and snapped a million photos

and found strange little spaces
that sparked a billion creative ideas

realized we had found a really great spot
to come back to again and again
for more exploring
and for portraits
(i'm dreaming of doing some self-portraits and also using models..)

no berries this weekend
(but believe me..i'm thinking of driving out to the catskills..i hear there are still plenty there)
and funny enough
i can whole-heartedly say that it was one of the best i've had
in a very very long time.

hope you had a great weekend too..
happy monday to you!


  1. you did find a beautiful space - I need to be more mindful of this

  2. how cool.....way to turn the negative into a positive! Look what you got in return....fantastic! xo

  3. Hi,
    Beautiful and inspiring post!
    This is what I'm talking (ranting) about! Thanks for the comment on my blog rant. :)
    The photo is sort of metaphor.

  4. good for you that you listened to your guru ... check out all the glorious gifts you received - you're photo's are stunning. I can sooo see beutiful portraits taken there. :)