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We are all connected. The graceful flow of these branches is meant to blend seamlessly into the flow of the rocks and pinecones, which, as a whole, are meant to resemble the flow of the ocean. The whole system is one – and we are all a part of it.

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A #11 – Not Site – The Way of the Flowers

The kids and I spent some time at the site today, soaking up the beautiful weather and taking a few moments reprieve from studying and writing papers. I wasn’t sure what I was going to create, but immediately the kids started picking their favorite flower (everyone’s “favorite” flower), and it made me think back to our discussion at the beginning of class about dandelions being a transplant from Europe. Last week the neighbors had some dandelions in their front yard that had gone to seed, too grand of a temptation to miss. I really think it must be instinctual, because the kids can not resist picking them every time and blowing the seeds into the breeze, this time right across our front yard. I can’t fault them, I know I did the exact same thing, and I couldn’t help smiling today as the seeds scattered across the river and they squealed with delight. So in honor of our beginnings with Kolbert and the reorganization of the flora and fauna of the planet, and in honor of my kids who will follow any path lined with dandelions, this is the Way of the Flowers. DeLauder_Not Site

Jessie DeLauder

Non-Site: Light and Dark

At my site, going off the trail is prohibited, mostly because there’s wildlife and plants that just need to be left as is. So as I walked for a little while, I tried to find something on the path that I could use. I stopped at this beautiful black rock that was imbedded in the path. I gathered loose rocks and dried out parts of the plant that is common at my site and just went with it.

After viewing what I had, it looked like a heart and I noticed half was white/light and half was black/dark. I felt like it resembled loving both sides to nature, appreciating the different lights and darks that are naturally among it. I wanted the dry parts of the plants to reflect that there is life on either side, whether we choose to see it or not.

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