The lay of the land: the general state or condition of affairs under consideration.
Sometimes you just have to stop and take a look at your present surroundings. Most people enjoy the presence of nature in their lives; like a mountain view from their window or the sound of the ocean pounding in the distance, while others prefer the silence of desserts and canyons or the casualness of a slow flowing river or even the stillness of a surrounding forest.
Recently, I searched for the natural centerpiece that is our focal point in Northeastern Illinois. Mostly, we live on level terrain and though we share the honor of having one of the great lakes at our backdoor, the down side is that seven million other local inhabitants do as well, so enjoying a day at the lake can prove to be an arduous endeavor.
This led me to look for something we all share equally in on a day-to-day basis. The answer turned out to be surprisingly simple. No, it’s not our backyards, although there’s a lot to be viewed in the act of gardening. Our system of parks offer glimpses of nature, too, but not everybody lives close enough to enjoy them as frequently as we’d like. There is one communally held view of nature that we tend to overlook, or under-look if you will, which is the transparent blanket over our heads. Yes, it is the dome created in the beginning which was given the name of “sky” by its maker, constantly waiting for us to lift our eyes and take in the wonder.
It can be moody, sending down bolts of fire or gently tossing up puffy vapors of shifting shapes from moment to moment to draw our attention. By day or night, it can alter our existence with rain, snow, wind, moon views, meteor showers, sunrises and sunsets. It connects us all in ways we can’t even comprehend and there are no limits to its imagination.
Jim & Mindy Elgas
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