Evening at Finley Wildlife Refuge
Exploring Corvallis’ natural areas // Everything beckons to us to perceive it
While enjoy the landscapes at Finley Wildlife Refuge and walking along the Homer Campbell Memorial Boardwalk, I was reminded of Rilke’s passage in Everything Beckons To Us.
One space spreads through all creatures equally-
Inner-world-space. Birds quietly flying go
flying through us. Oh, I that want to grow,
the tree I look outside at grows in me!
In the moments when I am walking beneath the tree canopy while the moss and birds dance over head, I am reminded how connected we are to each and every organism. How can we understand the importance of lichen and moss without first breathing in the fresh air that circulates around us while these life forms drape so gracefully on the tree branches? To see so many living things working together, creating such a sanctuary can be an overwhelmingly beautiful experience. Kind of like seeing a double rainbow, I guess. 😀
An organism is any complex thing or system having properties and functions determined not only by the properties and relations of its individual parts, but by the character of the whole that they compose and by the relations of the parts to the whole.
It is always nice to see a great heron or an egret. They are so elegant when they fish, stalking slowly, gracefully through the water. I nice lesson for Sylvan when he’s fly fishing, perhaps? 😀