243: Grazing in the grass

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the
journey-work of the stars.

~ Walt Whitman

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.

~ Henry Miller

I took my walk early this morning.  The weather, although somewhat cool and damp, reminds me more of summer than of spring.  That could be because the boats and swim platform are now in the water.  Or it could be because of the summer-like heat and humidity of the past few days that brought the thunderstorms barreling through the area last night.

Cattails or bullrushes. Not a true grass, but sometimes referred to as a wetland grass.

I am never quite sure what I will end up seeing or focusing on when I step outside.  Some days there is no focus.  I meander around, eyes flitting from here to there, ears taking in the sounds, nose registering the scents, skin feeling the temperature and humidity.

Today I found myself admiring the grasses.  The colors, the textures, and the varieties.  I wonder how many different types of grasses are growing around Breezy Acres.

If you get down on the ground near or in the areas that are not mowed, you can see whole worlds in the grasses.  Miniature jungles, wetlands, rain forests, prairies, and even alien-like worlds seem to exist within the grasses.

Sitting quietly, doing nothing,
Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.

~ The Gospel According To Zen

Grass is the forgiveness of nature — her constant benediction.
Forests decay, harvests perish, flowers vanish,
but grass is immortal.

~ Brian Ingalls

Another day it occurred to me that time as we know it doesn’t exist in a lawn, since grass never dies or is allowed to flower and set seed.  Lawns are nature purged of sex or death.  No wonder Americans like them so much.

~ Michael Pollan, Second Nature, 1991

Most of our grasses are never mowed.  We mow some pathways here and there, but the majority of it is allowed to grow as it will.  I’m not sure the neighbors, who all have great swaths of lawns that they mow just about every other day, approve.

Oh well.

27 Comments on “243: Grazing in the grass”

  1. Karma says:

    Your thoughts and pictures today remind me of some kids’ fantasy movies: Honey I shrunk the Kids and A Bug’s Life. Lawns were portrayed as huge jungles. Sometimes I wonder what useful things I might remember if my brain weren’t jammed with trivia like this! 😉

  2. Marianne says:

    I love what you did with the color on the blog, Robin. Looks awesome! Great post! Love the quotes too.

  3. Who would have thought there would be so many profound quotes relating to grass! I love the photos and the colour of your background Robin. I’ve been busy for a week or two, but will be back later to see what you’ve been up to. Hope all is well in your world. 🙂

  4. Kel says:

    ah a soul mate when it comes to the amount of free ranging grass fields

    we only mow part of our property, the rest gets to grow and wave in the breeze

    now that’s a sexy lawn!

  5. this is such a lovely post. so many quotes about grass! grass is always so lush looking in spring and you’ve captured so many nice variants.

  6. This is visual delight. I love shots number two and three! One of my favorite things about spring is when the trees go from bare brown to bright green buds. Green is one of my favorite colors, it means life and happiness. This post is beautiful and cheerful!

  7. nigel says:

    This is a lovely capture, the colouring perfectly shows off that lovely grass.

  8. SAJ says:

    yay for natural wild grass! i love your new header picture by the way!

  9. penpusherpen says:

    There’s nothing so green … as grass, and I love the swathing shape of the last photo, grass being natural and free. ‘Freedom for Grass’ I say!! 😉 xPenx.

  10. I absolutely love these quotes you have paired with the photos! Amazing–especially the Whitman one! Love what you are doing with these marriages of text to image!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Kathy. 🙂

      It beats having to come up with my own words day after day after day after day. I’ll be glad when this commitment is over and I can take a break.

  11. SWK says:

    Love all the grass pictures! Very summery.

  12. Such pretty green grass!

  13. Dana says:

    My favourite shot is the bottom one with the swirling grass. It reminds me of one of the labyrinths you see at old churches… very peaceful and zen-like!

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