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The Peace Of Wild Things

Photo taken by contributor Jim, a man from Texas who has struggled with depression for much of his life.

About this photo: “For family reasons, we have just moved from the desert Southwest of Texas to the lush green area of North Texas. It has been quite a pleasant adjustment to the green of the earth. It has given me a lot of new and different things to photograph, but I have been having trouble getting my ability to captive all the feast that my eyes are seeing.


When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things 
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

~Wendell Berry”

More from Jim at his website.


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19 comments on “The Peace Of Wild Things

  1. fedebuby
    July 20, 2014

    :)very good picture


  2. sheketechad
    July 20, 2014

    Love Wendell Berry, and this photo is such a good capture!


  3. seeker
    July 20, 2014

    Beautiful photography, Jim. And thank you for the poem to go with it.


  4. Spotting Rainbows
    July 21, 2014

    Loved the poem and of core the photography is spectacular.


  5. Ana D
    July 22, 2014

    This is so heartbreaking and so beautiful.


  6. J.E. King
    July 24, 2014

    Beautiful and somehow calming. Thank you.


  7. robertoariasrojas
    July 24, 2014

    He observado tu blog. Eres un verdadero artista de la imagen. Felicitaciones.


  8. Vickie
    July 25, 2014

    Jim, what a wonderful posting this is. I’m going through a rough period right now and this really lifted my spirits. Thanks for composing this.


  9. Kristi
    July 28, 2014

    Love the golden color. A very moving poem that touched me.


  10. morethancoins
    July 29, 2014

    Reblogged this on More Than Coins and commented:
    I’ve been following Jim for a while after I found his photography. This image and the poem by Wendell Berry he shares are lovely.


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