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Retired archaeologist and governmental tree-hugger. I'm a: United Methodist lay pulpit supply preacher; semi-professional photographer; and poet.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Nodding Trillium

Sunday, May 21, 2017


Bluebells and Bee

Saturday, May 20, 2017

In a Certain Light

in a certain special light
a soft and tender thought
is seen as burnished metal
bright and shining iridium

in a light rare and right
from a plainly speckled and
 worthless bivalved oyster 
comes the glory of a pearl

in a fresh and sacred Light
a dream arises from the dark
while fair earth blesses all
with such unexpected glory

(poem and image by tiwago)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Trillium recurvatum

Common name is Prairie Trillium, but it is a woodland wildflower. I can not always differentiate it from Toadshade (Trillium sessile) - I have seen patches where some of the plants have leaves with distinct petioles, some with indistinct petioles, and some with none; some have erect sepals, some have spreading sepals, and some have drooping sepals; some have pointed leaves, some have rounded leaves, and some rounded points. Does anyone know if they hybridize with each other naturally?

Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve
Monee, Illinois

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Dreams Are...

dreams are forward thoughts
flowing free down a river
incorporating many tributaries
spreading into a delta of infinitude
some across sharp-rock rapids
others across well-worn pebbles
some meandering peacefully
others trapped in oxbows 


(photography by tiwago)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Bluebell Time

Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Nodding Trillium

Trillium cernuum; Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Point

does it rise to lift the spirit?
does it point to show the way?
or is it two hands at prayer?

an arrow to lift prayers toward God,
or an arrow from Nimrod's bow?

is it a single finger pointing towards glory,
a foam finger praising ourselves,
or a middle finger to all?

to each inside it is one or all these things -
and many more things as well.

to me, it is an exclamation mark!


(photography by tiwago)

Thursday, April 27, 2017


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Little Messengers

Now that the Frost Giants have left the realm, 
The Wood Elves have hung out their washing.

Dutchman's Breeches; Messenger Woods Nature Preserve

poetry and photography by tiwago

Monday, April 24, 2017

Spring in Raccoon Grove

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Mother Earth's Day

Life in the Anthropocene: 

"We hear much today of the many crises we face: the economic crisis, the energy crisis, the social crisis, the educational crisis, the moral crisis, the ecological crisis, the spiritual crisis. In reality all these individual crises are part of a larger crisis of the society we have created over the past four hundred years. This is a global crisis in that this model of society has been transmitted to or imposed on practically the entire globe.

The first visible characteristic of this type of society is that it produces poverty and misery on the one hand and riches and the accumulation of wealth on the other. This phenomenon can be observed globally as well as within each individual country. There are a few rich countries and many poor countries. It is especially obvious within individual countries that a minority benefits from a great abundance of goods (food, health care, education, housing) while the majority lack the elements essential for life and dignity."

"The liberation movements of the oppressed say that this society is not built on life, the common good, participation or solidarity among human beings, but on economy, the powers and instruments that create wealth through the ravaging of nature and the exploitation of human beings. This economy seeks unlimited growth in the shortest possible time with a minimum investment and maximum profit. Those who are able to survive within this dynamic and follow this logic will accumulate capital and become wealthy, but as a result of a permanent process of exploitation."

"The economy is directed by an ideal of development that is encompassed by two infinite quantities: the supply of natural resources and a wide open future of unlimited possibilities. Within this type of growth economy, nature is simply a supply of natural resources, raw material for the satisfaction of human desires. Workers are the human resources necessary to attain a production goal. As described, this vision is instrumentalist and mechanical: people, animals, plants, minerals, in short, all living beings lose their autonomy and intrinsic value. They are reduced to means by which to meet an end that has subjectively established by those human beings who consider themselves to be the centre of the universe and who seek riches and the accumulation of wealth."

Leonardo Boff, "Social Ecology: Poverty and Misery" in Ecotheology: Voices From South and North; 1994

(photography by tiwago)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Cold Fog at Dawn

Thursday, April 20, 2017

iPhone Spring

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Each Day

"Each day we are given is for thanksgiving for the earth. We are to enjoy it and share it in service of others. This is the way to grow in unity and harmony. Central to the movement into harmony with other communities is the idea of respect. Respect allows for diversity within the unity of the creator. Dialogue can then take place in a global community which does not develop defensive arguments to protect some truth. The situation will be one of sharing stories instead of dogmatic statements and involves listening as well as talking."

Stan McKay

From An Aboriginal Perspective on the Integrity of Creation, in Ecotheology: Voices from South and North; 1994

(photography by tiwago)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Through the Soles of the Feet

"Walking or standing barefoot upon the earth provides the conduit for my spiritual enrichment. To stand on the hills of my ancestors still fills my heart as it did when I was a child. There is something about it that inspires reverence. Gripping the earth, grass or field flowers with one's toes is extremely reinvigorating for the soul." 

Rob Cooper

Through the Soles of My Feet from Ecotheology: Voices from South and North; ed. D. Hallman; 1994
(photography by tiwago)

Friday, April 14, 2017

How Does a Fern Feel?

how does a fern feel
as water rushes by it
- my soul yearns for wings

~ tiwago

(photography by tiwago)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Is Man More Than a Plant?

A leaf is infinitely complex;
Yet, it is still a leafy whole  -
Each leaf is unlike the next;
Yet, each leaf is also alike.

Leaves jointly contributing,
To support the whole plant;
Plants jointly contributing,
To support the whole community;
Communities jointly contributing,
To support the whole ecosystem;
Ecosystems jointly contributing,
To support the whole biosphere...

Vegetation in fecund diversity,
Yet each relates to the sun's light,
In their very own unique way.

Mankind, who believes itself to be,
More infinitely complex than any,
Simple flora, believes itself to be,
A self-contained stand-alone event.

Each person, believes themself to be,
A self-contained stand-alone event;
While at the same time demanding,
That each and every one be the same.

What if, someday, we believed ourselves to be,
A leaf?


(photography by tiwago)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Water is Life, or Not

Water's Life, and we - Water
On a planet named The Ground;
But out among the Universe
Other possibilities abound!


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Social Pollution

"In this cultural system the destruction of environment goes hand in hand with forms of social pollution represented, for instance, by growing unemployment, dependence of vast human masses on a few centres of power for basic human needs like food and water, the exploitation and degradation of the poor, especially women and children, within a broad and deep commercialization of life, intense human suffering from a sense of loneliness and meaninglessness as people are increasingly cut off from quiet communication with nature, as their mutual relationships become deadened and mechanized, as their native and necessary feel for poetry and mystery are eroded by shallow pragmatism or sheer greed."

Samuel Rayan, 1994; Ecotheology: Voices from South and North

(photography by tiwago)