You can see the moon's brightness,
Illuminating all under heaven
Its round radiance, suspended in the Great Void,
Is lustruous, pure and ethereal.
Others say it waxes and wanes;
That which I see is eternal, never declining.
With an aura like the Mani pearl,
Its brilliance knows no day or night.
Shide (8th century)
Lured by the mystery of what lies beneath the water of a swamp, I became transfixed by the bright rainbow colors that appear every December and January on the water’s surface. The color is a result of organic plant oils, tannic acid, and pollen that create a monomolecular film – similar to the phenomenon that gives rise to the colors seen in a soap bubble.
Acquiring a pair of chest-high waders broadened my exploration by allowing me to wade into deeper water. The experience of being alone, quiet, and still is a meditation that allows me to fully embrace the otherworldly nature of this place as the sun’s shadows mark the passing of time. ~ Jessica Hines
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