Nourishing Roots, Cleaning Streams

revealing roots’ mystery ~d nelson

Taking relaxed refuge in Nature.
In time, seeing my parent’s parents’ roots in nature.
Then back further, before human beings.
Deepest roots from where all animals,
plants, living & non-living, incarnate.

concentrating on stream

Finding safe comfort in Nature.
In time, seeing the silt, dirt, run-off & debris.
Cleaning my stream’s toxic mental formations;
thoughts, emotions & consciousness.

Intentionally shifting view, me to we.
Seeing selves completely as nature,
integral parts of a whole.
Me bowing to your noble aspiration.

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. ~β€ŠHelen Keller

95 Replies to “Nourishing Roots, Cleaning Streams”

  1. I, too, have found refreshing cleansing in our Calif. rainy weeks and abundant, flowing waters, David. We haven’t had a lot of water in these past years, and so much drought and fire, this wet season has been quite a shift. As we shift from “me to we,” we hope the waters have not been too destructive. Lovely post, as always, my friend.

    1. yes, quite a challenge, dear Jet
      navigating with a disoriented
      climate thermostat!
      i’ve been using a waterbug (pump)
      to keep low spots above water.
      wishing you dry, warm safety
      going with nature’s flow πŸ™‚

  2. It is amazing that all the trees in the photograph are, in fact, one body. ‘Me’ to ‘we’.
    The water flow is so beautifully photographed, can see the movement in slow motion.

  3. David, I also feel the need for periodic, inner cleansing. During yet another tumultuous period in the evolution of our species, we are in dire need of “shifting view, me to we. / Seeing selves completely as nature…”

    1. thank you for your empathetic note, Vicki.
      above average wet here, but much
      more flooding downstream.
      will take a while to clean up Guerneville
      and other towns along the river.
      wishing you pleasant weather
      & good health πŸ™‚

  4. A beautiful reflection David on discovering and understanding our ancestral roots and history. We have been given wounds from our past but as you state, as we learn to release these wounds, we find a deep connection to everything, within and around us! πŸ‘βœ¨

  5. So beautiful, so ethereal
    so filled with peace are your pictures and worlds.
    Thank you David

    Quoting a verse of yours that I find important:
    “Intentionally shifting view, me to we.
    Seeing selves completely as nature,
    integral parts of a whole.
    Me bowing to your noble aspiration. ”


  6. That is beautiful and really goes back to our deepest roots. Thanks so much for the link to the nun and video at Thay’s Deer Monastery. It gave me a deep calm and a smile! She has a wonderful presence.

    1. smiling to your kind sharing, navasolanature!
      i’m happy you found a Deer Park link that brought you calm and a smile.
      kinda like smilecalm. i’m not sure which clip you saw, but i look forward to visiting
      there again sometime later this year. wishing you a happy moment, david πŸ™‚

  7. A very powerful final line. You’ve really capture that essence of togetherness, of remembering we’re all part of nature, of the world, together as one. Beautiful photos, too. xx

  8. Together we are One. Thank you David. So nice to see you. Just happened into blogworld today, and wanted to touch in. Beautiful post. Love the roots.
    Much love,

    1. Why, thank you, Mary. Makes me happy to encounter you again.
      seems the theme of this blog keeps
      resurfacing in new, yet old ways.
      may your day be well,
      with feeling of connection πŸ™‚

  9. What beautiful photos David. When one connects in nature and begins to understand all our roots are connected. Water cleansing like the tears we weep.
    Mother Nature brings us sustinance to nourish not only our bodies, but our Souls.
    Much love my friend πŸ’š

    1. i so like the way you
      are able to express
      natural connections, Sue!
      perhaps if everyone
      was required to spend
      a year in a natural environment
      there would be no doubts
      from what we are derived from πŸ™‚

  10. A good exercise David. It is in our own benefit to be in nature and feel it. To remove the toxic elements from our body and mind and to move forward in our lives.

    1. i like that one, also, dear JoAnna! while i’ve collect
      quite a few “root” images
      that one stuck out the most.
      yes, trees, plants & earth
      offer endless, unspoken wisdom πŸ™‚

  11. Beautiful reflections and images, David. I love the exposed roots of the trees. Not sure it’s great for the tree exactly, but it reminds me of the beauty in our hidden depths–all the intertwining dreams and kindnesses that link us to one another deep in the ground of our being.


    1. happy to hear from you, dear Michael. hope you’ve been healthy, happy, with joyful moments of inspiration. i smile to your poetically succinct expression of roots. i’ve collected images of roots along streams and trails where the surrounding soil has eroded away. certainly not healthy for them, yet they hang in there. not only good metaphors, trees make such good role models! wishing you a relaxed happy moment, david πŸ™‚

    1. thank you , dear susan!
      soil erosion around trees
      helps me remember roots
      that usually are unseen.
      but seeing them can
      be transformative.
      my camera smiles to you πŸ™‚

    1. quite poetic, my philosophical friend!
      perhaps those roots, rivers & streams
      recognize when their presence
      in our collective existence
      is appreciated & understood.
      why, aren’t we composed of earth?:

  12. David, the peace, harmony and reflection whilst in nature is beautifully expressed … as your thoughts move from the far away past to the present, the future! The images are stunning and I am captivated by their beauty, their story! In the first picture, with so much of their foundation gone, the trees still stand tall, tenacious in their search for life, supporting each other! May it be so for us too! πŸ˜€

    1. smiling to this touching comment by a published author, Annika! i’m fortunate to use a camera with a good eye.
      and yes, tree offer such good example of resilience, even when their ground of being erodes. a reason to smile
      knowing some of them will persist. wishing you a happy moment πŸ™‚

  13. A welcome reflection, David; you so often help me relax a laser-like focus on my own little concerns and remember our shared and more expansive experience. Thank you.

    1. so kind of you to expressing
      caring for the exposed roots, dear Betty!
      rather common around here seeing erosion
      along creeks and rivers and trails,
      which were make along hillsides.
      may your day be filled
      with wonder πŸ™‚

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