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The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me . . .

I go and lie down where the . . [cob]

rests in his beauty on the water.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief.

 

I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting with their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

— Wendell Berry

 

"The male mute swan, known as the cob, fiercely defends the territory that he and his mate, the pen, share . If an intruder, such as another male swan, dares to invade his terrritory he uses a threat posture, raising his wings and back feathers, while lowering his head and moving powerfully through the water. This display usually frightens away the intruder."

www.ypte.org.uk/factsheet.php?id=180

 

Background thanks tto brenda starr at www.flickr.com/photos/brenda-starr/5247611442/

 

Bubbles thanks to obsidian dawn at www.obsidiandawn.com/brushes-categories

 

Lilies and geraniums mine from a shot of mine similar to my

www.flickr.com/photos/garlandcannon/6849410764/

 

The swan is mine at www.flickr.com/photos/garlandcannon/6612445909/

It had its origin thanks to The Therapist's Swan Nesting iv at

www.flickr.com/photos/iamthetherapist/3470608007/

 

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Taken on March 20, 2012