|Bruised (M.A. Reilly, 2012)|
In writing about dream states, Rebecca Solnitt says that, "Nothing is lost but you yourself, wanderer in a terrain where even the most familiar places aren’t quite themselves and open onto the impossible" (p. 182).
I spent the morning walking with a camera in hand. And after weeks of very steady work, I was delighted to see the fog and light this morning-- a dream place of sorts where the ordinary is recast in unfamiliar cloth. It was a morning for getting lost and coming to know and unknow.
|Light (M.A. Reilly, 2012)|
In looking at the images I made this morning, I thought about how much I learn by simply being, walking outdoors and seeing--as well as how these experiences will (in)form others I have yet to name. It gives me pause when I think about the millions of children who at the same time I was out walking were seated at desks.
Is it not out of balance that we keep children inside in order to learn? It feels counter intuitive and a bit arrogant to house students inside permanent structures as a means to ensure learning. The physical world beyond the school represents potential places of learning. I'd like to see school be less a matter of indoor sitting.
There's a quote I have memorized that is attributed to Mark Twain although it hardly seems like something he would utter. Nonetheless, it is wise and was with me this morning as I set out.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
|Lush (M.A. Reilly, 2012)|
|Reservoir (M.A. Reilly, 2012)|
|The Start of Autumn (M.A. Reilly, 2012)|
|Wires (M.A. Reilly, 2012)|
|Sunlight Falling (M.A. Reilly, 2012)|
|Two Birds, One Tree (M.A. Reilly, 2012)|