29 May ~2013
Back when I was a kid I found a shaded pond behind a gas station. I went there again and again to see the frogs and tadpoles and try to catch them. I don't remember much else about that time in my life, but I recall how awed I felt, like I had encountered something secret and mysterious and wild, and very special.
I may have found my hearts compass as a kid leaning over that pond, looking into the beauty and wonder of the natural world. It has taken me with my dogs above the treeline, spending nights alone in a multitude of wildernesses, down home walking with them on the path beneath the cottonwoods all these years, and lately by myself exploring the beauty of the coral reef sea . . .
“What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.”
― Werner Herzog
“There's nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater,you realize that you've been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent.”
― Dave Barry