Sycamores, tides and new moons

Keep Me Mandala Stone #2
Drop Site –
Location: 34˚5’44” N x 117˚42’50” W
Time: 7:35am PDT – Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Elevation: 1110 ft

A refreshing sky with dots of dark clouds spattered overhead greets me as I leave the house. Amazing how soft and gentle this morning feels compared to the sharp, burning heat of the last few weeks.  A welcome respite, for sure. I’m holding stone #2 as I walk, waiting for the drop spot to announce itself. A lo, there it is… a Sycamore reaching both to earth and sky stands before me. Perfect. The soft morning has also helped thin the crowds so I have no trouble dropping quietly and unseen. And so, off goes #2 towards its future adventures.

This weekend we went to gather supplies for future Keep Me stones along the shore. That was half the reason, the other half was the call of the new moon tide that would be low enough to expose some lovely tide pools. We weren’t disappointed as teeming ecosystems unveiled themselves to us. Mussels, anemones, crabs, and sea snails all scurried about while the water rolled in and out around them. I stood and watched as a crab covered itself in bubbles, and later found out it is thought that’s how they keep oxygen flowing through their gills while out of the water. It was a magical morning. There is so much wonder to behold when you quietly listen to the movement of the spheres.

First stone out in the world

Keep Me Mandala Stone #1
Drop Site –
Location: 34˚6’4″ N x 117˚42’44″W
Time: 7:45am PDT – Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Elevation: 1230 ft

I’m running late today, a cooper’s hawk nearly took out one of our chickens and it threw the schedule off a bit this morning. As I stand on the bricks in our garden staring at his beautiful hawk eyes, I wonder at the courage of him – considering our hens are twice his size and could probably easily body check him if compelled. He certainly would have tremendous difficulty trying to lift them off the ground.  It feels like an appropriate metaphor for the day – acting despite all odds.

On the walk to work I find a good moment to leave the first mandala stone out for someone.  It’s trickier than I had thought considering there are conferences on many of the college campuses and it’s busy in the mornings these days. I notice a quiet spot that looks almost like an altar beautifully framed, and leave the mandala stone for another to find. Fare well, my friend… 😉