I love love love Fall in the mountains. The Aspens’ golden leaves are like flags waving for everyone to walk in the mountains and visit them once more before the big snows come. Aspen trees are the coolest and sweetest of trees. When the wind blows, their leaves sound like a baby’s rattle…or one of those rain sticks. It’s the BEST to take a nap beneath them! And when you see a family of Aspens, they are literally that—a family. They are ALL connected by the same roots. It’s not so rare to see Aspens who are completely entwined with each other. It’s like they’ve decided from the get-go that they will live many life times together. I love that. And the part that makes them so ultra-special is that they don’t hide themselves—they have WIDE OPEN EYES all over their smooth elephant-like, white trunks. It’s like their constant presence keeps me present.

I thought I’d share this spread from my kid’s book, My Travelin’ Eye (the one that has been so long in the making and is due out April 1st, 2008). Jenny Sue (that’s me when I was little) is laying in a field of asters near a grove of Aspens watching the clouds’ stories float by. Even when I was little and our family would go on roadtrips to Colorado, I was mesmerized by the Aspens…

This post was inspired by 1. my recent walk in the Aspens and 2. this project: The My Sacred Life Project — “every day for at least a month I’m going to post a photo from my daily life capturing something that connects me to Spirit…
— Carla Blazek.

I feel overwhelmed some days by the constant reminders of “spirit” that surround me. Perhaps living in the mountains makes that easier. There are days, however, when daily chores or other stresses creep in and distract me, so what a fun project to pay more attention–and practice the walking meditation. I think I’ll post doodles and collages and prints (in addition to photos), also. If you are participating, let me know. I would love to see what you are inspired by, too.