Nature’s Enigma

eveningbitterrootstorm           A storm blew in from Idaho this evening. Following a brief neighborhood jog, I noticed lightning and dark clouds over the Bitterroots to our south. I took a few photographs of the hillside behind our place to capture the light and rainbows just prior to everything going dark, which it is now as I type. The wind is howling and the rain is coming down in sheets. I believe we will be able to leave the sprinklers off this evening.
          Truly, Montana’s landscape is spectacular. We first glanced northwest into the Missoula valley. Above the Bitterroot river, which itself appeared as a distant flowing mirror carving its way through spring’s green countryside, silver patches of drifting clouds reflected a golden hue as the sun was setting. To the southwest, over Lolo Peak, the storm’s grey and black matter collided with the contrasting sunset. The result was the color spectrum which developed finally to our southeast where occasionally elk feed on the hillsides. Soon, the elk will be calving. Photos…

3 thoughts on “Nature’s Enigma

  1. Richard Gwyn Davies

    Garland, this entry and the photo that prefaced it are simply magnificent—they point beyond words to that reality that Plato glimpsed when he wrote that shattering phrase: “Philosophy begins in wonder.” I’ve noted before that your work brings to mind Annie Dillard, one of my favorite writers. In Pilgrim at Tinkers Creek she writes about people blind from birth who are given their sight. After initial confusion many of these people are reduced to tears at the beauty that surrounds them but that they were not aware of. This photo is simply awesome—the sad fact maybe that we live continually in the midst of such beauty, but are unaware of its existence.

  2. Garland Thayer Post author

    Good morning and thanks to you both for the remarks regarding the photograph of the hillside and its illuminating color spectrum. The only blight therein being the antennas on the mountaintop. Of course, power lines mar the scenery in the lower section of our backyard as well. One to a certain extent can allow himself to become oblivious to such modernities. One fellow covered a cell tower in his yard (would have been in the lower right of the photo, it was cropped out) in green, with actual branches as an artificial tree bought at the stores during the holiday. How should one perceive such matters?

    Nature, in her educational fashion, has an acute way of allowing one to be more aware of beauty’s existence. I certainly appreciate the Plato quote you’ve cited above. One should always exercise caution discounting Plato. Another sound Plato theory I particularly admire being that of ‘one man, one trade’, governing the virtue of justice. Of course, such concepts are expressed as well in other cultures, such as through ‘yin and yang’, Kong Qui (Confucious) and Lao Tzu predating Plato. In these ways society can exist and paradoxically pull in sync.


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