May 26, 2008

Journaling and Natural Beauty


Boo is the ship's dog.
She is mix Portuguese Water Dog and Australian Sheep Dog. Besides being genetically outfitted for everything from desert Outback to the rainforest she has the unmistakable habit of circumnavigating the Sea Wolf to watch over her human flock.

At first I was told that she greeted me with such enthusiasm because she mistook this newcomer-in-a-wheelchair for Mike Passo of Elakah Expeditions who provided technical assistance in the skillful redesign of the boat. Eventually I realized that Boo's perpetual motion was just a canine equivalent of my incessant photo taking -- a personal obsession for for making order out of the ever-changing surroundings.

Cruising so close to the geological drama and kayaking within feet of this normally inaccessible wildlife provides so much sensory input that journaling, silence, shutter-snapping, and experience-sharing over family-style meals or late into the night will not be sufficient for holding onto this encounter with beauty. Chaining these impressions into narrative already takes as much mental agility as a dog working her flock. Maybe Boo's moves will give me some insight into herding wild thoughts until they are all heading in the same direction.

Posted by rollingrains at May 26, 2008 04:35 PM