“Wherever you go, there you are” was just one of my mother’s vast repertoire of Handy Sayings For All Occasions.
It sounded a bit eye roll inducing when I was young, but gets increasingly profound as I age.
Which brings me to travel.
Most of my journeys, especially over the past two years, have been of the internal variety, moving from one state to another. Sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly.
We’re all confined our own little vessels, one way or another.
This has limitations and does take a toll — leaving us at the mercy of time, wind, rain and whatever passing reflections come to visit.
Things become worn and begin to fall apart.
Colours fade — but then others become richer and more transparent.
I’ve always had a fondness for travelling in place, perhaps dating back to the time I lived alone in my little cabin.
My studies of bowls in the garden are like small, eagerly anticipated, annual journeys.
I love the hellebore bowls in spring, which are always beautiful when first arranged, but often become far more interesting when left to their own devices — week after week, or even month after month.
Some of the images here are of the glass bowl hellebores from last week’s post, left to drown in a week of heavy rain since then. Others are one of last year’s collections, left in the garden to make their fading journey from March until May 2021.
Each fall there’s always the adventure of the gazing bowl to look forward to. Starting off as a rather pedestrian dog’s water bowl in September … by late November, who knows where it might have taken me?
I believe that my interest in watching the crows in my neighbourhood falls into the same category of static travel— spending so much time watching, not just a single bird species, but actually the same individual birds, year after year, is a bit like gazing into a solitary bowl.
It never gets boring.
The longer you look, the more ways of seeing you find.
The crow world is also full of reflections — yourself reflected in the eyes of the birds is the simple version. It becomes a hall of mirrors as you consider the infinity of crow reflections, real and imaginary, in the looking glass of your own eye and brain.
So there you have it: the future of modern travel lies with crows, reflections, faded foliage, and is always far more about the journey than the destination.
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You may also like:
- Reading The Leaves (November 2018)
- The Gazing Bowl (November 2020)
- Reading the Leaves Once More (November 2021)
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