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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Nature walk with Artist-in-Residence

 01 View SE & cloud shadows in cayon from Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x767)

My world has been very busy at the North Rim. Amongst my daily schedule of working in the visitor center a couple hours, presenting one to three programs, and roving in between to answer visitor questions I am the lead for our Artist-in-Residence program. Click here to learn about this program offering artists a chance to live and work at National Parks.

02 Storm brewing over Deva & Brahma temples NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x750)

Six artists, in almost any genre, are chosen each year to stay at the North Rim Grand Canyon National Park for three weeks to immerse themselves, allow their creativity to flow, interact with visitors and present outreach programs in the park and upon returning home.

03 Thea Gavin AIR NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

A couple weeks ago I joined the visiting Artist-in-Residence (AIR), poet Thea Gavin, on a nature walk with other visitors. We stopped at a quiet overlook and sat 5 minutes with eyes closed followed by another 5 minutes eyes open. Then we wrote what came to mind following Thea’s suggestions of starting with “It is _____ again…” and ending with “The _______ tells me….” Here’s what I ended up writing.

04 Rain over canyon NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x754) 

It is June again at the canyon.

The wind sometimes caresses

or makes me feel unsteady.


During a lull, soft bird song drifts past,

increasing to tree rustle, grasses wave, shadow dance.


Yet even when strong wind blows the song of the canyon my way

I prefer it to the noisy family that needs to

“Move on because of the beauty.”


The wind tells me to look inside at

my own turbulence and

find the calm.

--Gaelyn Olmsted 6/24/11

(The place we sat had a noisy family come by briefly.)

I need to do this more often. We all do.


Elaine said...

Lovely, Gaelyn! Sitting and observing the beauty around us is something we all should do more often.

paul said...

beautiful photos & a beautiful poem

Arija said...

That is a great programme. An ideal place for my daughter to be artist in residence for a while. She has been teaching in the US and Canada a lot this year. If you wish, you can see her web site by clicking on the first picture on my side bar.

Janie said...

I agree, sitting to listen to the song of the canyon (or the song of whatever part of nature we have near us) is something we should all do. Love the poem and your word images.

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