“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair”
Today I had a beautiful hike up to Cub Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. The temperature was in the 70s, a bull moose was feeding in a pond, and the yellow pond lilies were beginning to bloom in the lake.
Unable to find a Lily near the shore, I waded out into the lake in muck a foot deep and in water three feet deep. Suddenly, as I worked on the lily as my subject, what felt like hundreds of minnows began kissing my legs. It was the most unusual feeling, and I figured they must be eating dead skin or removing salt from my legs. Eventually, however, I settled on the insight that they were simply an embodiment of the Earth kissing me.
Photos: Yellow Pond Lily, Bull Moose, and Minnow (The Third photo if not mine), Rocky Mountain National Park, CO, June 8, 2016
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Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.