Entry 114: Serenity
Where is your escape?
To answer this, a preface question should be asked: what do you escape from? I suppose everyone has a different escape plan for various scenarios. Loud coworkers gossiping for no reason? Headphones. Terrible day at work and nothing felt accomplishing? Video games. Low self-esteem about your image? Chow down. To each his own, and as for me, I enjoy escaping to the Botanical Gardens.
I don't really have to escape anything to spend a day at the Gardens, especially when I have a camera with me. With each new visit, a new plant or critter is waiting for me to witness. Today's visit started as overcast, but as the sun popped out, the heat went up, but I didn't mind. With all the bees and bugs swarming the flowers, I peacefully mind my space and enjoy the flowers as well.
Four hours at the Gardens felt like one, and even old flowers matured into new forms to photograph. And as the summer's heat sprouted new life, the lizards came out in bunches to feast on the insects. In the past, we have seen one or two creatures per visit, but this time we saw dozens of lizards strutting their frills all over the place. And some were even a foot in length.
I've heard from commercials that a child's discovery belongs in nature, but as an adult we lose that wonderment. So to revisit nature is a blast to the past. I used to climb trees until I reached the tops, which would sway the whole tree back and forth. One of my earliest memories as a child was when I was in Washington (about 2 or 3 years old), and I would crouch in the backyard and watch the red/black ants march in line.
In nature, there is a peaceful and ancient tranquility that cannot be found or replicated elsewhere. So to lose myself in this world, to which I have little to no control over, is a relief to my senses and soul.