“I think of nature in a pretty simple way;

it is something close to me.” hiro yamagata

i think i completely mis-understood this quote when i just read it on yamagata’s site. i took him to mean that nature is, literally, and simply, whatever is close to him at any moment. that idea blew my mind because it suggest that the understanding of what nature is, is an ongoing process that varies over time and is not embodied in specific things, like trees or birds, but is everywhere and the realization of the natural comes from understanding the essence of nature within whatever is closest, whatever is pressing most firmly against one, at any given moment. to me that seems like a rewarding, knowledge enhancing practice.

but then i settled down and realized he was stating, simply, that he feels close to nature. oh, well… i think i’ll work with my misunderstanding for a while.