Category: Awe

Using Photography as a Tool for Mindful Walking

Using Photography as a Tool for Mindful Walking

I remember so clearly the moment I realized the simple act of taking a photo could change my life. I had just started taking walks and had spent so much time indoors over the years that nature itself felt foreign and new to me. The variety of plants, the beauty of birds, the feel of...

Trust & Dragonflies

Trust & Dragonflies

People often ask me how I get dragonflies to sit on my finger. The answer is simple. I gain their trust. When you sit long enough with dragonflies you begin to learn their rhythms. They are territorial and watchful but they are also surprisingly trusting. With dragonflies, there has to be an acknowledgment of their...

An Exercise In Noticing Movement

An Exercise In Noticing Movement

Today I went to the forest. I didn’t go deep. I stood on the outskirts. I was needing something – the strength of the trees, the playfulness of the squirrels, the gentle bending of the leaves. I never know what it is I need when I go to the woods. But that is as it...

The Blackbirds & the Hawks

The Blackbirds & the Hawks

When I was driving to work the other day I saw 2 small birds, what looked to be blackbirds, dive-bombing a hawk. One of the two birds was especially aggressive, literally landing on the flying hawk again and again. A quick touchdown followed by a sprint into the air. The hawk did nothing but fly...

Things to do on a Windy day.

Things to do on a Windy day.

My favorite type of day is a windy one. The world comes alive on a windy day. The leaves in the treetops dance haphazardly. The birds play on tufts of air. Life seems mobile and uplifted. Everywhere are reminders to appreciate life. One of the tenets of 100 Walks is the idea of cultivating awe....