Saturday, April 25, 2020

On Lifestyle Choices / The Dao


Legado
Sorraia stallion in early spring sunshine
on the Ravenseyrie Sorraia Mustang Preserve



A comment was left in last month's blog entry by a reader with the moniker of "Joan of Arc".  This reader inquired:

"Lynne - can you disclose why you made the choice to live in the way that you do?"

A view of spring break up from atop the East Bluff on my bicycle commute to my studio on the bay (for optimum viewing select to play full screen):


And the answer to the question is:

I see the strength of the universe
And the fragility of mankind
Her Crystalline Soul
Paleolithic-style Rock Painting
by Lynne Gerard


I see the vulnerability of technology
And the reliability of Nature


Ravenseryie Potatoes


Dancing with prehistory and modernity
I looked to the Dao

Kevin's Daily Art Rack


It is intuitive, primordial
Infinitely sustainable



Waiting for spring

 
So I chose not so much to follow the Way
But to cease blocking it


Time for spinning


And found the Way is
Illuminated by love and beauty

Raven Over Ravenseyrie


--So there, "Joan of Arc", is my answer and I am grateful it is the same type of answer my husband gives.

Lunch with Kevin at Ravenseyrie

To "Joan of Arc" and all readers, I turn the question back on you:  "Why do you make the choice to live in the way that you do?"







Friday, March 6, 2020

Our Fifteenth Winter on The Manitoulin


Viewing the Zen Elm Over the Back of a Sorraia Stallion
Ravenseyrie Sorraia Mustang Preserve



Here am I
On The Manitoulin,
An island in Northern Ontario.


The Zen Elm

Here,
Living on a preserve with wild horses,
In rhythm with Nature.

Three Ravens in the Zen Elm

Here, 
Mutual support
And admiration -
Husband, horses, elementals.

Breakfast at dawn for the wild boys
Late afternoon with some of the wild boys

Here,
Finding pleasure and sound health
In a way of living that is comparably austere
And difficult.

East Bluff Laundromat 

From inside looking out

Here, 
Right where I want to be,
Thankful heart and soul,
100 times over.

Home



Friday, January 31, 2020

Forever -- is composed of Nows --




Raven flying over the Ravenseyrie Sorraia Mustang Preserve
East Bluff, Manitoulin Island, Ontario

There is a timelessness for me, living up on the wild East Bluff among the horses and working down in my studio on the bay within the human realm.  

Seasons come and go...That which was once young seems less so...and yet walking in winter fog among such elemental things - especially when away from the hum of humanity, one feels very much like the plants and animals feel...that there is no meaning in a calendar that says it is the year 2020 A.D.

This delights me!

This is endlessly inspiring!

This keeps me sane!


Contentment presided over by the Red Osier Dogwood and the Fog


In the distance, the Zen Elm, meditative as always

The Maples in their advanced age

What a idea for an abstract painting this presents!

Forever -- is composed of Nows --
'Tis not a different time --
Except for Infiniteness --
And Latitude of Home --

From this --experienced Here --
Remove the Dates --  to These --
Let Months dissolve in further Months --
And Years -- exhale in Years --

Without Debate -- or Pause --
Or Celebrated Days --
No different Our Years would be --
From Anno Domini's --

                -Emily Dickinson


View of the East Bluff from my studio down on the bay
Gore Bay, Manitoulin Island

From time not so distant...when the mares were home at Ravenseyrie