Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Wild Magic

Someone found my blog by googling psilocybin. I'm scratching my head about it because I talk a lot about magic and about mushrooms, but I have never (up to now) talked about magic mushrooms.

On a recent camping trip the girls got to explore a wide area on their own. I love to see their growing independence. One morning when most of the adults were still asleep a group of kids walked up a mountain to see the sun rise.

They came down happy, covered in dew, having seen the fog nestled in valleys and ready for breakfast.

They enjoyed unhurried time with friends.

Back at home we've been trying to make some magic in our garden.
We planted sunflower and morning glory seeds in a big oval to make a sunflower house and have been faithfully watering it every day, but I think the birds got most of the sunflower seeds. See the ratio below: one sunflower per 10 morning glories!

While packing for our camping trip I came across a bag of xylophone tubes and keys. I had planned to make a kinetic sculpture with them one day. But a few branches lying about suggested a frame. Evelyn and I built one and found a nice spot for the xylophone.
We nailed the xylophone keys to the fence.

Clementine's sculpture inspired by Andy Goldsworthy graced the garden for a short time before Greta, tempted by the cracking clay around the stones, crumbled and peeled it. It was meant to be ephemeral, but not quite that ephemeral!

I'd like the garden to be a place with a surprise around every corner. These are smaller, more intimate surprises than fog in the valley or the sun peeking over the far mountain, but I hope they will give the sense of place there to explore.


Stefaneener said...

Yes, the garden will pull guests and residents alike around each corner. You are so good at making surprises happen -- it's always a pleasure to poke around at your place.

I love the hill-climbing story. Any story where the grownups get to sleep in is a plus.

Kristin said...

The very 1st photo of Greta on the beach walking away struck me with the following impressions: Greta's horizontal hairline matches the edge of her shirt, and the line of her footprints shows the freedom she has on your trip. The below-eye-level shot conveys your willingness to view her as a person, not a child to look down upon. You're doing a lot of interesting things and that is why people are finding your blog.

Susan said...

Stefaneener, I was not, alas, among the sleeping in adults. But I made my coffee in tranquility and without having to say "Shh!" an infinite number of times.

Kristin, I love your analysis of my photo!

gina said...

I love the xylophone nailed to the fence- what fun! And I have been thinking about doing a sunflower house when we move- but I think I'll have to do it next year now. Can't wait to see how yours comes out!! And that camping trip does sound like pure magic. :)