last week i ventured north for a few days to see my brother and his family in maine. they are spending their winter and spring in a little saltbox that overlooks blue hill bay and are surrounded by the rural landscape that marks the beginning of the downeast part of the state. i have never really spent time in this area until now, and what a treat it is to be able to visit and explore. there are these spruce and cedar forests that march right up to the ocean’s edge. mountains on the coast loom in the distance, and the great mount desert island rises out of the horizon. and of course there’s the actual blue hill to hike, and strangely we found a lupine still blooming in a field at the bottom. i built a fairy house in the backyard with my niece, saw the sunset colors on the calm bay water, and felt the warmth of the woodstove in the morning.
we also watched the miyazaki film, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, which i am now completely obsessed with. the original was released in japan in 1984, but the US release didn’t come until 2005, which blows my mind. Nausicaa is a complex and sophisticated (but easy to understand) story that portrays the messy interplay between culture and nature and environmentalism better than any other environmental-themed film (or even documentary) i’ve seen. that, and it features a compelling, badass FEMALE protagonist.
i’ll leave off with this good read from Orion magazine: Out of the Wild, a conversation between William Cronon and Michael Pollan (two of my favorite writers and thinkers!)