Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mother Nature Rules

Think about this: humans have created an entirely separate world outside of the natural one we actually live in.

I debated which term was more accurate, outside or inside, but decided that the former is more appropriate. The goal of some of our activities is to live outside of the natural world. The internet-the means through which you are reading this-being a prime example. Virtual worlds and 'reality' have penetrated almost all aspects of our lives and have no connection to anything natural. Humans build cities in the desert and stock grocery store shelves with the same produce all year long, ignoring the cycle of the seasons. City slickers live in a concrete jungle with air conditioning and their closest connection to nature being the tropical background on their computer and a trip to the produce isle of the grocery store. You get it.

Oh, and does anyone else find it ironic that as video games improve they get closer and closer to...reality? Almost as good as the real thing. Almost. So why bother? I mean, you cannot go fly a fighter jet or conquer Asia, but you could certainly go and toss the 'ol pigskin around and take in the wonderful aroma of freshly cut grass.

I would much rather live in this reality, taking in the scent of freshly hayed field on the breeze
We live in-as Edward Abbey would say-'syphilization'.

Wouldn't you be surprised and maybe slightly annoyed if the grocery store was out of strawberries...in January? Ridiculous.

Living in Montana and doing what I do, Mother Nature many times limits my weekend activity options, something that would not happen in the controlled 'virtual reality' of video games.  But you take a powder day when it comes, as well as the warm slushy thaws and the biting cold of twenty below. Those same heavy snows of powder days mean the back country is still snowed right now, and the Yellowstone river is just now becoming fishable. And that is part of the beauty of living in the natural world.

Pine Creek Lake, still partially iced over on June 26
Thunderstorms and rain on your one full day off this week? Tough. It is easy to mope around, or you can enjoy the drama of the building thunderheads. Paradise Valley is gorgeous any time Mother Nature decides to mix it up. Just do not get caught out in the open. During the tumultuous transition from winter to spring is when I have seen the most incredible combinations of clouds, mountains, snow and rain, and sunlight. You might not be able to ski, hike, or fish, but you would not trade that split second view for anything as the clouds come tumbling over the mountains and down into the valley.

As long as you stop to appreciate it.


Because that is all you can do.