Wednesday Wisdom: Mindfulness and Surprise

A seemingly bland, dry California landscape, unless you look closer. (See photo below.)

“[T]he best landscapes, apparently dense or featureless, hold surprises if they are studied patiently, in the kind of discomfort one can savor afterward.

Only a fool blames his bad vacation on the rain.”

— Paul Theroux, Dingle

 

 

This California landscape wasn’t bland at all, but dotted with Oenothera speciosa (pink evening primrose). All it took to shift perspective was a bit of mindful exploration combined with patience.

Photo (top): Dry, seemingly bland landscape along the Black Diamond Trail near Clayton, California (Laurie Snyder, ©2019-present; all rights reserved).

Photo (bottom): Oenothera speciosa (pink evening primrose), a plant not native to California, was found recently along the Black Diamond Trail near Clayton, California. A perennial herb, it can grow quickly into large colonies of groundcover (Laurie Snyder, ©2019-present; all rights reserved).

 

 

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