“If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!” Jesus
On our way to the airport, between the Lamar Buffalo Ranch and Gardiner, we stopped at Yellowstone National Park’s Mammoth Hot Springs. We only had an hour to spare so I parked at the Upper Terraces, my favorite spot, and we hiked the boardwalks out over the the thermal springs. It is, of course, beautiful, but also very strange…very alien…very otherworldly. Like someplace we can’t quite imagine, and yet, undeniably present. There are signs all over saying not to touch the scalding water and not to step out onto that enticing surface, for as beautiful and fascinating as it is, it is not a place where humans can survive.
We are surrounded, of course, by an otherworld where we can survive…I am talking about the world of the spirit, as seen through generous eyes. A world of love and creation that can be just as strangely beautiful and alien as the terraces of the Hot Springs…and yet still a place where we can more than survive. And we don’t have to travel to Yellowstone to see it. It is never more than a decision away. Open eyes are all that are required. The other world of the spirit is as otherworldly, but completely safe. It is our true home, always waiting for us, a heartbeat away. We choose to see it or not. We choose to live it or not.
A strange landscape like that of Mammoth Hot Springs can jar us into the kind of open eyes we need to live in the otherworld of the spirit. And that is a good thing. Happy Sunday!
The Red-breasted Nuthatches on the Upper Terrace of Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park seemed somehow “brighter” or “higher contrast” than the ones that come to our feeders in Maine. Maybe it is the clear light and thin atmosphere. Maybe it is the birds themselves. This specimen was actively feeding on the pine cones along one of the boardwalks at the Hot Spring. Sony RX10iv at something over the 600mm optical equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr.