Learning ways to stay
immersed in nature
while I’m in the city,
I listen for birdsong,
watch the play of sun and shadow
on tree leaves
as breeze gently—or not so
moves through them.
On the prairie,
sky is the biggest presence,
even more
than the expanse of rolling prairie.
How to notice sky,
then, in a city scape?
These summer days,
a water bottle is usually
close at hand. And one day
I noticed that when I tip it
up to drink, there
is sky.



A family
(a family I happen to know)
signed up for last Saturday’s
“A Sense of Place” Workshop.
So we spent the day together
learning about watersheds,
and exploring one in particular—
Oklahoma City’s Deep Fork Watershed—
to begin to understand
that everywhere on the planet
is nature,
and that one way
to get a sense of place
is to get to know the watershed
that contributes to the stream
that flows through a place
and eventually leads
to some ocean.

DSCN7587At the Head Waters of Deep Fork Creek

After learning how
streams become polluted,
we headed out to Warr Acres,
to Ann Arbor Street, to see
the head waters of Deep Fork Creek
and Lake Eufaula.


We spent the afternoon
visiting habitat along Deep Fork Creek
at three sites around the city.
All four members of the family
have great interest, curiosity,
a sense of adventure
and already know a good deal
about the natural world. So
it was a pleasure,
and gift,
to simply
explore, observe,
wander and wonder
Parents who spend time
in nature with their children
are gifting all life
on the planet.

DSCN7596The Sewell Family