Saturday, March 15, 2014
Beware the Ides of March
I have always been a bit curious about this whole beware of the ides of March thing. Perhaps it was the demise of a Roman that facilitated the saying and idea. But, in recent years the folklore tends to lend itself to bad luck and bad weather in the transitional month of March. Spring occurs in the later weeks of March. At long last the grip of winter is finally loosened.
I am not a superstitious person by nature. But, one can't help but notice the subtle clues nature puts in front of our faces. The moon that is almost full becoming a bright orange ball in the early morning skies. What could this mean? The strange appearance of certain bird species that shouldn't be here this early. Mother nature, our beloved mother earth is speaking the language she knows best. Through her unbelievable nature, rhythms and energy. If we notice and pay attention. We can be witness to some wondrous sights.
My favorite is the ever present mocking bird that guards his territory that surrounds the bus stop where I catch my morning bus. It is quite remarkable to see him respond to communication attempts by us humans. One of the awesome abilities that becoming a photographer has given me is the power of patience and observation. It has actually helped me to understand many things in my life that I just didn't notice before.
So, the ides of March herald the upcoming new season of spring. They encourage me to take notice of my nature and the nature all around me. Even in the most urban areas of the inner city mother nature comes a calling. Welcome her and allow her nurturing love to fill you with the impending aromas of spring and all that this glorious season has to offer. Make some art, plant a garden, take long leisurely walks in the sun, listen to the sound of gentle rain drops falling on the earth. It is glorious, is it not?