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A Nature Spirit Walk


A Nature Spirit Walk

DSCN0533064 Harvest Landing, Springfield, OR

         Nature Spirits are part of our human existence just like unseen body cells,  the sound of laughter and the smell of earth.  They are constantly interacting with us in an evolutionary spiral.

It is not necessary to be conscious of their presence but awareness makes the interaction more pleasurable.   Just as viewing an ultrasound of a growing fetus doesn’t make it more real, it does raise our consciousness of the gestational process.

Connecting with Nature Spirits is easier than using a smart phone (which by the way has it’s own Nature Spirits).  All you have to do is consciously ask to be connected.  The asking does not need to be audible or written.  Thinking and feeling the desire for connection is enough.

My preferred introduction goes something like this:

“Over lighting Deva of Nature Spirits I wish to be connected to the Nature Spirits of ….. (insert name).”

Sometimes I take a few deep breaths to help my mind center on receiving.   The connection presents in many forms depending on the individual.  It always feels good.

The following are pictures I recorded on a lone walk with the Nature Spirits of Harvest Landing. 

Feeling, seeing and hearing the flow of the river is vital to the experience.

           A tree presents its unique form stimulating the recall of its history.


Root stairs are offered as assistance in climbing the slope.


An unidentified bird silently watches from a perch above the river offering an aerial view.


 Trees shade the earth path and wave branches old and new in greetings.


Juicy blackberry bushes extended their fruit in greeting and for nurishment.


Sometimes the trail resembles a dried stream bed of cobbled stones that massage the foot’s trigger points and


 provide mysterious detours into tree covered musty hallways.


         No flies or bugs on me.

Another benefit of communicating with the Nature Spirits is to request that critters stay off your flesh.   In return I agreed not to step on the slow moving inhabitants.






The interaction of humans with their environment creates an inspirational muse that can mirror cycles of life – birth, death and rebirth.

 I found one of these creations near my neighborhood at the Pueblo Montaño

Trail Head Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico west of the Rio Grande River.

Montano bridge

Here the ancient river flow of the Rio Grande whispers the ingredients (time and change) for creation.

The land next to the river is a woody place called The Bosque.


 In 2003 a human ignited fire caused the cottonwood trees to smoke and burn.


fire blaze

Bosque fire fighter


What remained was a charred, dark reminder of a tragic interface between

man and nature.


 Open Space, a community mandate “to preserve the unique natural features of the metropolitan area” changed this tragedy into a unique, artistic expression of human love for the Bosque.

Signs were placed for humans to encourage the Nature Spirits to return.

recovery sign

 Local artist and firefighter Joseph Mark Chavez carved representative pieces from the cottonwood tree stumps left intact.

eagle cottonwood


Mother Nature in Tree

Tree woman


road runner sculpture


crane cottonwood

Firefighter with Dragon

Firefighter protector



Birds in tree woman

Coyotes guarding Bosque with their voices.

coyote scultures

Coyotes howl

Rebirthed Cottonwoods

Rebirth Cottonwood

Rebirth 2

Rebirth after fire

Thank you for giving your attention to the human-nature connection.

The Beauty of Nature


Today I would like to share some insights brought to my attention in the form below.

The Beauty of Nature versus The Human Fixation.  Grassy Fields or Plastic Turf?  by Jan Lundberg


The following quotes have been distilled by me from the article for those wanting a quick peek.

“….human fixations obscure the beauty of nature.”

“We easily forget that the entire basis of our lives is the whole natural universe. We fail to enjoy the amazing sights, sounds and smells of non-human nature that are still around .”

Pictures by AJ with blind viewfinder – Amazing!

A happy medium of putting the Earth first for health and community, while using nature wisely for our individual and collective advantage, is not only possible but exists today in many instances — even in industrial society.”


Youth band celebrating nature on Playas del Coco.

Flipped out in nature.

The Park Tree provides support for human creativity.

As always my gratitude is given to AJ for his magical ability to capture the beauty of nature in photography and my new home in Costa Rica that is full of delightful examples of nature used for our collective advanatage.