Morag Paterson
(Scotland)

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Greeting the Day

My story here is about gratitude, inspired by a chapter in the book ‘Braiding Sweetgrass’ by Robin Wall Kimmerer.  I also 'carried' the works of Mary Oliver (my original prompt) with me.

Greeting the day is about waking up - and as the creeping dawn illuminates the land - acknowledging the gifts on offer to us every day - water, air to breathe, food to eat and the sun to give us light and warm us -  and sharing those gifts, increasing their potency.  Recognising the simple joy in abundance and utilising that gratitude to build personal resilience, meanwhile strengthening our sense of belonging in the ecosystem.

I want to share these gifts by celebrating the energy of light and colour,  offering a sense of being in the serene embrace of the earth.

My first act of the day is taking a coffee outside and wandering down our track to walk the dog, which became the backdrop to the project, and I decided to limit myself to this 100m distance to create images.

We've nurtured this re-claimed land for 11 years now. The new growth of a re-invigorated habitat (planted over more than a decade by two generations of our family) is evident, with trees that tower over me already and scrub bushes alive with birdsong.  A heron visits the pond daily, ravens, kestrel and kites circle overhead.  The ground regenerated with a rich mix of flora.

One morning, as I stood and watched, I heard the honking of geese overhead - and only when I sat down to name the resulting image, I realised I was back with Mary Oliver.


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