Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning

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A beginning is something of a mystery, for every beginning is born from something already there.  Beginnings can be counted back in an endless web of connections and interconnections to… what?  If we trace back far enough, what do we find?  What is the spark, the point of transition, of energy into matter at the beginning?   Which came first, the darkness, or the light?

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And what is the spark which energizes each new beginning, moment to moment, in our lives?

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“New Year,”  “New Garden,” “New relationship;” at what point does the remains of the old transition into the Genesis of the new? 

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The points we choose, so often, are arbitrary; allowing us to compartmentalize our experience into neat piles.  We close one calendar and open another.  We open a packet and plant a seed.  We shake a hand and say, ” Hello.”

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Taking a snapshot in time and labeling it, “The Beginning” asks us to disregard all that came before.  We are all deeply enmeshed in this recycled, recycling web of being.  

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We gardeners, whose hands are never far from the Earth, exploit the neatness of the system as we grow alongside our gardens. 

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We treasure the compost of our lives as the brilliant, energetic chaos which allows birth and sustenance of the new.

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We watch seeds ripen from the faded flower; pull tiny bulbils from the base of  last year’s bulb; cut a branch, root it, and watch it grow into its own maturity.

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We look into our children’s faces and see our own grandparents.

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We see all life and living as ripples and waves;  light shining on an endless sea of possibility.

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All Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge

About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

18 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning

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  3. Wonderful!
    I absolutely love your blogs!
    They never cease to amaze me!
    You write,so beautifully,
    Hope you are having a great day there!

    • Thank you so much! I’m very happy that you enjoy the blog posts. A great day here- wonderful photos this morning of ice on the water and some good shots of the birds on the Parkway. I hope your day is going well, and that you’re keeping warm! Best wishes, WG

  4. Beautifully worded these beginnings and ends which we witness each day in nature and in our natural selves.

    the end of a beginning or the beginning of an end. An ever repetitive cycle with no beginning and no end. Each moving into each other to Begin again from where it had ended.

  5. A lovely post – words and images.

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  10. Beautiful composition. I especially loved that sentence about seeing our grandparents in our children. Blessed new year to you.

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  12. Lovely words and photos.


  13. Truly beautiful words & photos, my friend! What food for thought to chew on as the year begins anew. Thank you for sharing & have a wonderful weekend 🙂

    • Thank you for the kind words, Tyler. I hope the words sweeten and nourish as you chew them 😉 May your new year bring the new beginnings you are seeking. Best wishes! Have a great weekend 😉 WG

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