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We Are Part of Nature– We Are Nature

October 4, 2021

You’re Connected

“We often forget that we are nature. Nature is not something separate from us,” reminds Andy Goldsworthy. “So when we say we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves.” All across Southern California tonight a massive lightening storm near sunset reminded us of our connection to nature.


During a two hour walk at the beach with a friend and her dogs, I passed people outside their homes, along the beach, strolling the promenade, drinking beers on the pier– and oohing and ahhing, gasping, yelping, shrieking with admiration and excitement at the celestial site.

sunset and lightening storm 10/4/2021

Many folks stopped to photograph.  

Others set up with cameras along the shore with clear shots of the pier, or where they could catch the final glimpses of the sun as it set. 

sunset dog walk and lightening storm , Ventura 10/4/2021

While I took a number of photos, I didn’t catch any of the lightening and I didn’t choose to do a video in part because my phone is so full of photos already!

watching the lightening and the sun set Ventura CA 10/4/21

So stay connected with nature — get outside, get in touch with the part of yourself. 

Ventura Rivermouth 10/4/21

After our two hour and four mile walk to the Ventura Point and back, I matched the sunset with the wine and the pillowy clouds and the salty sea inspired my beans with smoked tuna. Cheers! This wine is under $15 and I would definitely recommend and buy this wine.

Cheers with cava!

October is Blogtober is where writers try to produce and publish an article every day no matter how great or how small. My goal is to publish something every day whether it’s on Wine Predator or here on Art Predator.  On Friday, October 1, I published about Brunello di Montalcino, October 2 I wrote 1800 words about the results of the World Wine tasting Championship, and then I wrote about what’s coming to the blog in October which is also #MerlotMe, and I have ten bottles so far for me to write about; the Wine Pairing Weekend crew will tackle this topic this Saturday, October 9, and Sue and I have a few ideas up our sleeves!

I just heard another rumble and I’m sleepy after all that walking and writing today so time for bed and let me let the storm put me to sleep.Tomorrow check out my article about the band Wet Leg! It’s almost done… cheers!

NOTE Art at the top is by Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo One of the only westerners trained in the rare Buddhist art of silk applique thangkas, she is passionate about the preservation and evolution of this Tibetan cultural tradition. His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave his blessings to Leslie’s work and encouraged her to make images that speak to the spiritual aspirations of people across religions and cultures.

Leslie’ story is the subject of the acclaimed documentary film, Creating Buddhas: the Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas. Leslie mentors a select group of students around the world through her Stitching Buddhas Virtual Apprentice Program, and her Weekly Wake-ups provide a thread of inspiration to set your week on the path to awakening.



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