something happened today..

Posted by Ted on Jun 17, 2006 in Outdoors, Photography

I’ve had two of the most profound and spiritual experiences of my life, both in one day.

A Southern wind blows, strong and slightly cool. water laps around me, a constant but varied rhythm. grass grows through a crack in the rock to touch the water. rocky tree-strewn hills march across the far bank, and a forest island with a house perched on it lays in the lake, and sun reflects through the water off of a granite floor.

after a time of contemplation, I jumped into the water, and swam with the choppy waves. I felt free. invigorated. alive. then I walked back to my car, and simply sat on the trunk, bathing in the warm afternoon sun, watching dragonflies overhead, and hearing birds singing to each other.

then, after a tasty meal, I watched the most beautiful sunset that I have ever seen.

A bold sun sits within whispy white clouds atop a tangerine horizon, reflecting in a lake dotted with islands, the sky a pale blue.

I cried, with tears of beauty and peace.

this week, much like Burning Man, has left me transformed. I am seeing the beauty of life differently.

I have watched the sun rise and set today.

I feel changed. I do not yet know exactly how.


An adventurer at heart, Ted Beatie is at his happiest when he’s off the beaten path. His deepest passion is sharing the world through photography and writing, found at The Pocket Explorer. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.


Jun 18, 2006 at 3:37 am

sounds (and looks) amazing.
sorry i missed your call on thursday

Jun 18, 2006 at 3:53 am



Jun 18, 2006 at 6:40 am

That is so beautiful…and so are you.

Jun 18, 2006 at 5:01 pm

Sweet sweet sweet. Looking forward to hearing more. Namaste.

Jun 18, 2006 at 9:02 pm

Beautiful. This was a wonderful entry to read, it’s a joy to see you in this place. Namaste.

Jun 19, 2006 at 1:57 pm

Years ago I participated in a workshop in New Zealand on soul retrieval. The idea being that when faced with extraordinarily difficult times, bits of you get scattered. Sounds like you got to claim some of the pieces back. Sounds like a healthy and big chunk of you.