Hello and welcome to this glorious Saturday, March 27, 2021. Today is a rare and precious day that will never come again.
This last week, I had the incredible opportunity to spend a few days in eastern Oregon photographing primarily birds. I’m grateful for my privileged life which affords me the opportunity to spend time meaningfully and purposefully connecting with my habitat.
in the evening on the last day, I found myself soaking in the newly renovated Crystal Crane Hot Springs. There is something deeply spiritual about naturally occurring hot water – a connection with a source of life. As I sat virtually weightless, present with the warm water caressing my skin, I was distracted by a gentleman who was roughly my age, a different color, and quite larger than me. He was anticipatingly making his way into the pool. As he quickly submerged up to his neck, I heard him say, “Ooohhhh yahhhh! Now that’s what I’m talking about.” I watched whatever trials and tribulations he may be dealing with dissolve into the Crystal Crane mineral waters. I could see in his eyes that he was fully present and brimming with gratitude.
His outward expression of his feelings was so familiar, it was as if I was having his experience. In that moment, despite the physical differences, I saw myself in him. I was experiencing his sense of absolute joy, simultaneously.
I started looking around at others. I saw three young boys, maybe ten years old. They were splashing and wrestling about, trying to dunk one another. There is a sign above the pool stating, “Have a Splashing Good Time.” Well, that’s exactly what they were doing. I recalled my frolicking days of youth having a blast in not so warm pools trying to overpower and impress my friends. Yes, there I was in those three boys.
I saw an elderly woman sitting peacefully along th