Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Bloedel Reserve

Yellow leaves are falling like rain outside my window, pasting themselves to the dreary gray of the gravel road. We got back a little while ago after walking around the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island. It's 150 acres of beauty, with half of that developed with trails. David and I became "members" today, which means we can go back anyday for free, and I will have to take advantage of that. I'm going to try to take a cue from my blogger friend A-C, at and do a little bit of photographic poetry....just on a few pictures.

Trees, sentinals
Guarding my way on the path of life
Roots holding me in place
Yet I travel, I go
Knowing I'm always safe

is art
We can never cease to learn
from ourselves

Don't think it's impossible
to cross a chasm
Just hold the handrails

What better place to find peace
Than looking at water?
It doesn't die, or disappear
It is our lifeblood
It is unsurmountable beauty
In leaves, our hearts dance
In color, we live our lives

Fairytale colors, divined by maples
Entralled by nature
I stand ready for anything

Peace, in a Japanese Garden
I could shut my eyes here
and sit against a tree


Lisa said...

OH! STUNNING!!! The photos are incredible and I also love the poetry. My favorite is the one about holding the handrails to cross a chasm. Nicely done, Kristin!

Dan-Eric Slocum said...

This is my favorite post of yours, EVER, Kristin. And I love your posts.

We are so, so, so lucky to live in this part of the world. It's just so dang beautiful here and it IS poetic-- all of it-- everywhere we look-- any season-- any weather. The Pacific Northwest is just a *blessed* enigmatic wonderland.

Thanks for the beautiful post.

- A - C - said...

Kristin, I am both touched and impressed by your post. Words are well matched to pictures and they flow seamlessly, leaving a trail of sensations and imagery, like the yellow leaves falling to the ground.

thanks for sharing.

P.S. my favorite here is the 2 lines about leaves. impressive.

Neo said...

great post, photos are outstanding with equally impressive poetry

Kristin said...

Thanks for the compliments everyone, that is very sweet. I became really intrigued with the idea of images and poetry going together after reading AC's blog, and I like to take on any type of artistic endeavor to bend my brain. The Pacific Northwest is a great setting to do this, as Eric pointed out.

Colleen said...

WOW! What an adventure! I loved it! Thank you for that wonderful post.

Travis said...

here here Kristin...your blog is a delight every time I log on :)

Paula said...

I'm leading a cheer for Kristin:

Write -a -book!
Write -a -book!
Write -a -book!