Sometimes when I explore nature, I get sidetracked and lose myself in a moment. A butterfly lands on top of a leaf or a bird flies from a perch.
I reflect on that moment and try to interpret that image artistically. Within that moment, there is an entire universe waiting to be unraveled.
An emerald carpet of grass, dotted by tiny wildflowers, surrounds the charred remains of gnarled trees. I imagine a young boy saying good-bye to his dying grandfather. One passing on; the other only beginning his journey.
I look from an airplane window and see the endless flat stretches of land marked by human settlements. And sometimes it looks quite barren. As my plane touches down, I begin to see roads with cars, homes with people, and birds in flight over treetops. I see the details. Sometimes nature can look barren. With closer inspection, I discover quite the opposite. They are the little worlds that exist within this larger natural universe. Hummingbirds rule their territories over wildflower patches. A camouflaged snake rests on a rock while bees selectively bounce from flower to flower. Each world home to something special and unique.
A building, from a bird's point of view, is an agave stalk or a hole inside a tree.
Sometimes when I bird, I forget to bird.
It's enjoying a moment with a friend, exploring new habitat, finding new birds along with the old ones, and discovering new truths about the world around us. Each part linked to the other like a 10,000 piece puzzle. I've only begun working on the corners:)
From within a perfect moment, I could spend a lifetime.