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Pleine lune sur un sapin (full moon on top of a fir tree)

Once in a while, we are given to witness a wonder of nature, something so stunning and beautiful, so amazing to our eyes and our senses that we feel transported, we are truly astonished and delighted… It happened to me a couple of years ago, it was in January and when I first opened the wood shades (remember I’m in the French Alps so we certainly close them all at night), I saw the full moon hovering over the mountain. There is a forest between the mountain and our chalet and I could see the moon was about to reach one big fir tree. So I rushed back to my room, grabbed my camera, ran upstairs to the top balcony of the chalet and got ready. And during the two or three minutes that it took for the big whitish globe to reach the top of the darkened tree and create the shot I already had in my head, I became acutely aware of our little planet turning on its axis… I mean, I understand gravity and the earth revolutions and stuff like that so I’m not saying this was all news to me. But there is such a huge difference between an intellectual (and possibly superficial) knowledge of something and the sudden deep understanding of what it really is, with our mind and heart and soul in sync. I was standing there on the balcony thinking that I could feel the earth rotating under my feet since my eyes were measuring its progress. I absolutely loved it! And I got a good shot.

Well, last night, while reading in my bed, I suddenly looked out the window and had a repeat experience of the moon slowly but steadfastly appearing over the edge of the Plateaux, this time on another side of the house, since it was in the evening at the beginning of its course, and since I had changed bedroom (and even changed floor for that matter, after my father's death). It was beautiful and it brought back my experience of a couple of years before. Because it was such an intense moment, I remembered it all very sharply. So I stared at the moon for a while and was aware of little old me - plus 6 billions of my brothers and sisters – all of us slowly moving through space all together! I felt very grateful I could see it from my bedroom. There are not many lights on our side of the valley so the moon stood out even more like a sparkling silver balloon.

Simple wonders of nature, which often trigger within myself a deep sense of admiration for the creation. And furthermore they usually help me meditate on how little we are, how fragmented is our own knowldege, how rarely do we get deep insight, but if and when we do, let's share them!

Here is a copy of the original shot from January 2010 (or was it 2009?) “Pleine lune sur le Marcellis et sur un sapin » which I took from the upper balcony of the chalet, waiting for the moon to be just over that tallest tree ... and the second one, a couple of years later, another winter landscape with a full moon, which I took from my bedroom, and which reminded me of the first one and of that amazing sensation of being aware of the rotation of the earth. Having realized this, I now know I can "test it" every month, from wherever I am in the world, as long as I can see the moon... And I can also experience it, daily, with the sun, although since we cannot stare directly at the sun, the very best moment is when the sun is setting down, just before it gets swallowed up by the horizon, but this I will leave for another musing and more photos...:)


Michele Szekely @2011

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