Marin Nomad: Inspired by Marinlandia

This poem was inspired by the vast wild beauty in Marin

And how lucky we are to live here….


Student of Nature


To be a student of nature

Studying the veins of leaves

Mesmerized by the waves

Analyzing the scent of the air

Pursuing the winds dance

Languishing over the birds song

Watching the way the butterflies

Chase after one another in perfect circles

Sensing how the roots know to come alive each spring

Sending their green stalks upwards Into the light

Waiting for the tulip trees to open their secret and release it boldly

Following the jasmine blossoms as they unwind in the darkest hours


And there we lay still on the earth with it’s mashed up pinecones and tree bark

With the rocks smooth from the sea,

The sky broken open

I’ll take a piece of the earth with me and study it obsessively

Possibly a serpentine rock or

A photo of a soaring falcon

It’s the unspoken that speaks most passionately


To be a student of nature

Pursuing the bounty of the earth with dedication

Grace and wisdom

No enrollment fees

No exams

Just limitless wisdom


As a photographer, writer, psychotherapist and nature lover, I am passionate about living in Marin County, CA. The perfect home base, Fairfax, CA is where I get out daily on the miles and miles of open space and find inspiration and plot my next journey out of Marin into the world. More about Mary... Mary is a New York Native who has been living in Northern CA for the past 20 years. She is a "Creative Image Photographer" infusing digital images with innovative techniques. Her favorite spot to take photos is muddled amidst the trees of Marin County CA, or in an exotic urban environment near the ocean, under the sky, and completely in awe. Mary's goal is to capture this scenery, to reach into the mystery of life, into the everyday magic, use the light and the dark as guides, delve into the chaos or the quiet and capture and whittle away at these snapshots, without disrupting their original essence, until they come alive and rich with depth and mood. Her mission is to create unique works of art that bring this depth, mystery, upheaval or serenity to people's walls and homes and ultimately that her work becomes a catalyst to help shift onlookers mood and outlook even if for a moment in time. Her work has been described as dreamy, ethereal, mysterious and mythical and yet also simple and straightforward. Currently her photos are on display at Google Headquarters in California.

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