Category Archives: Nature

Illuminating Intellect

Necessity pressure
Ambiguous indications
Potential intelligibility

Our intellectual essence is spiritual and distinct from the senses. Yet, according to Aristotle, nothing is found in the intellect that does not originating in sensation. Abstract spiritual illumination manifests in internal mental powers drawn from the senses.

“And this very process of illumination is unknown to us, it takes place in the unconscious; and often these very images, without which there is no thought, remain also unconscious or scarcely perceived in the process, at least for the most part.” – Jacques Maritain

Ocean Rebuff

How it rolls
Refuse secrets
Emission Force

Nature attempts to restore the unreclaimable.

“Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.” – Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Three Pelicans

Elated grey day
Push the limits
Lost in thought

Cloudy days at the beach are often most remunerative. The degree of enhancement is subtlety refined but can be significant.

“In any weather, at any hour of the day or night, I have been anxious to improve the nick of time, and notch it on my stick too; to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and future, which is precisely the present moment; to toe that line.” – Henry David Thoreau

Infinitely Transcendent

Ecological enclosure
Sublime upsurge
Massively given

Considering the glance from a temporal perspective, it is neither determined by the past nor completely independent of this past. Instead, the glance is a continuous regeneration of the preceding. Surfaces rapidly glanced are perceived in terms both of the depths that they envelop and the larger gestalt wholes that they comprise. In this forward attentive position, the glace is internally directed as much as outwardly directed.

“Attentiveness is not a static matter; it is always evolving, following the lead of felt sense as this sense evolves in its own vagaries–not so as to incorporate it but so as to pay more nuanced and respectful attention to it.” – Edward S. Casey

Sand Patterns

Raw data field stimulus
Conceptual issue generalization
Abstract coherent state

As a learned experience, intuition only works with regularities and requires practice to develop anticipation. If there are no regularities upon which to base reaction then there is no intuition. For this reason, long-range future predictions are not intuitively possible.

“Imagination contrasts with sensation as something active with something passive, something we do with something we undergo, something under our control with something we cannot help, a making with a receiving.” – R. G. Collingwood

Free and Real

Harmonious pressures
Remarkable attractiveness
Radiates experience

In contact with aesthetic associations, wavelength and intensity distinctions of electromagnetic radiation dominate a summer sunset at Hazel Hill Lake. The elaboration of natural style succeeds so far as to make meaning transparent. Seeing through meaning helps pure consciousness reach evident understanding.

“That what is beautiful is harmonious and proportionable; what is harmonious and proportionable is true; and what is at once both beautiful and true, is, of consequence, agreeable and good.” – Anthony Ashley Cooper

Tacit Anticipation

Situated nature
Spatial aspects
Action possibilities

My apparent purpose as an embodied agent in the world is to seek aesthetic harmony by existence accord in an aware mental state of wonderment. This way of being involves both conscious and unconscious processes tapping reason and emotion.

“The phenomenologist studies perception, not as a purely subjective phenomenon, but as it is lived through by a perceiver who is in the world, and who is also an embodied agent with motives and purposes.” – Dan Zahavi

World at a Glance

Pristine morning
Advanced position
Intermediate stretches

Getting at the visual essence of the San Juan Islands as a means of internalization, Husserl’s presuppositionlessness comes into play. An advantage of travel to new locations is the partial lack of familiarity.

“The glance is a scopic scout stationed at the outposts of human perceptual experience.” – Edward S. Casey

Homogeneous Plurality

Nature itself
Essential conditions
Late summer

Inexhaustible potential for being, creative manifestation, and expression all culminate in the present moment. The universality of change never ceases to impress.

“The mind is eternal in so far as it understands under the aspect of eternity.” – Baruch Spinoza

Path into Life

Fulfilled complete
Nature never errs
Contact point

When and where we are thrown into the world greatly affects the resulting journey. Flashing by at sixty miles per hour, the silo-tree always stands ready for observation. Freedom operates within the bounds of the possible.

“The form of the present is essential to the objectification of the will.” – Arthur Schopenhauer