Sunday, April 24, 2011

My Church

It could be in the mountains, too--or the desert, or lost in the woods. It's a big place.

Have a nice holiday, whatever you choose to do.


Heads up for those who follow the Hahamongna happenings: 
A special meeting of the Hahamongna Watershed Park Advisory Committee will be held on Tuesday, April 26th at 6PM at the Flintridge Retreat Center, Room 117, 237 West Mountain Street in Pasadena. There will be an update on on the LA County Department of Public Works Post Station Fire Sediment Removal Short-Term Solution in Hahamongna/Devil’s Gate Basin, with a presentation by LA County DPW staff.

The next regular HWPAC meeting will be May 24th.

27 comments:

Dina said...

I'm with you, Petrea. Nature is the original and best place of worship and of communion with all that is good.
Holiday blessings to you and John and Boz.

Irina said...

I am with you too! I like when in the wood, embrace the tree trunk and stand still for few moment, feeling as if I am a part of it, getting fresh juices and giving back my power.

J.J. in L.A. said...

Absolutely!!!

Bellis said...

Me too! Gorgeous photo - I'm beginning to look forward to coming back. Nothing beats a long walk round Hahamongna with my dog. Happy Easter, everyone. We're off to an egg hunt and newborn lambs.

... daisy... said...

Nature is sacred indeed! Beautiful thought!

Marylène said...

That's a church I would easily recognize myself into. Thank you!

Birdman said...

Nice image. I'm going to try to do absolutely NOTHING! It's a day of rest, right? hahaha

Petrea Burchard said...

Ha ha! Sounds like we could all use a breather in nature today. I hope you get some time outdoors.

Steve Scauzillo said...

beautiful shot. I love God's creation. Also, thanks for keeping us informed about Hahamongna.

Susan Campisi said...

That's a beautiful church. You can count me as a member as well. Happy day to all, whatever your religion.

And yes, thanks for the Haha update.

Petrea Burchard said...

You're welcome. I have this fear of being a nag, but if my messages bring awareness of our beautiful spot I'll be glad.

Trish said...

we have a friend who, when asked, will say he attends the church of "Our Lady of the Fields". When people push, he admits it is his vast backyard, full of beautiful blooms, blossoms, fruits and veggies.

while I'm a little more organized in my faith than that, you won't find me sitting next to the Easter only folks today either. You've got me thinking and plotting an early afternoon hike thru the local reservoir. thanks for the reminder!

and to quote a dear friend on the occasion of her first visit to Yosemite "another day for Yay G-d!".

Lori Webster said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Petrea! Happy Easter to all!

John Sandel said...

In that church they pray on the bee's knees.

Petrea Burchard said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone.

And "pew" has a whole different meaning.

Clifford Beshers said...

Who prey's on bee's knees? Bird foodies?

This photo is right up there in the top three of your watershed photos, Petrea. Just lovely. Doesn't hurt that it happens to be my church, either.

Katie said...

Beautiful photo. The subtle shadings of green are especially amazing. I'll definitely be part of this congregation.

J+P said...

I'm with Cliff, BTW—cracking photo. It's metaphoric, see, with the primordial pit at bottom, leading the eye up through the organization of nature, to the monkey business on the ridge. Vico has nothing on me.

Diana said...

A truly beautiful place to celebrate, Petrea - thank you.

I should point out that the Flintridge center is on West Mountain Street

altadenahiker said...

My kind of church and temple, too. May it stay as it is.

Petrea Burchard said...

Ha, Cliff. Yes, I believe I've seen you there across the "isle."

Hallelujah, Katie!

I'm going to trust you on Vico, J. You always have such a high reference level.

Thank you, Diana. I updated the post with your info. It makes a difference.

I only wish it could, Hiker. But let's do our best to protect as much of it as we can.

J+P said...

"[Giovanni Battista] Vico (1668–1744) … propounded a cyclical view of history, in which civilisation rose from chaos, passed through theocratic, aristocratic, and democratic phases, and then lapsed back into chaos …" (Wikipeedia)

I know about him because I studied Joyce, who made heavy use of Vico's schemes in the Wake. Thos. Cole was famously indebted to Vido in his series on the "course of empire"

Italo said...

Nice place to paint.

Shell Sherree said...

Gosh, how peaceful, Petrea. All the best to you, John and Boz.

Petrea Burchard said...

Italo, if you look at J+P's link, you'll see he was thinking the same thing, but not exactly. I'm hoping it doesn't get built up like that.

It is peaceful there at times, Shell, although it's right by the dam and it's an area where city workers always have things to do. The area has to be shared with the local utilities. I think it can be done in a positive way.

Ms M said...

My kind of spiritual place, too. Looks like I'm in good company :-)

Petrea Burchard said...

Plenty of room, Ms. M. Thanks for joining us.