On Wonder

When I am near wilderness I often enter a moment in which I froth with desire - the fascination and wonder I feel toward the unbounded wild can be overwhelming. The close inspection of a fern sprout or redwood shoot fills my mind with ideas and makes my heart race. I find in these spaces that I want to synthesize everything ephemeral into an image or an object. However, I am learning that it is important to let go of that desire to cling and to just be; to experience the joy of the hike and not dwell on the logistics of grabbing that imagery and transposing it into the next day. The fleeting joy or the flash of wholeness is impossible to amalgamate into object, though with thoughtful absorption it may manifest into inspiration.