walk the labyrinth photo ©2013 kimcrayton
After a long sleep with some very intensely vivid dreams, I woke up and wrote my dreams down, ate a light breakfast, and headed out for one last walk before catching the ferry home.
I set out to walk a labyrinth. The first time I walked a labyrinth was about 11 years ago at a retreat center while participating in a workshop on Touch Drawing through an expressive arts course during my undergrad studies. Ever since then, any time I have the opportunity to walk a labyrinth, I always do. This one was especially lovely because it is right off a forest path, and you can tell that it is infused and created with loving intention.
After the labyrinth walk, I returned back to the Grand Forest for one more quick hike up and down the trail. This time I took a different route and ran into a beautiful collection of cairns arranged atop a mossy boulder. What a treat!
I’m glad I went back to the trails before leaving the island and heading back home.
mossy rock cairns @2013 kimcrayton
I really love beachcombing. I can spend hours on a beach looking for treasures and interesting objects from the sea. These photos were taken one afternoon at a spot where I usually take pictures of trees along the shoreline. But the stones called to me and wanted some attention. How lovely and smooth each stone is here on this beach. It is always a gift to be able to spend time here. Each color and shape is so smooth and pretty. Recently, I heard the saying “stones are the bones of the earth.” It made me think of this beach and how with each step I gently walk upon the bones of mother nature.
I am not much of a flavored tea fan.
However, I do love SoHo, a flavored black tea from Harney and Sons. This coconut chocolate chinese black tea is not sweet at all. The chocolate flavor adds a great depth and dryness to the finish. The black tea base is slightly malty, and very robust. I also love the pretty pink flowers in the dry leaf.
This morning was, and still is, cool and cloudy. I sat to listen to the birds with a nice cup of SoHo.
This past Saturday I enjoyed a day of tea tasting and education at the Northwest Tea Festival. I participated in a fantastic professional cupping workshop, a taiwanese oolong tasting, and a very informative apprentice tea sommelier class. There were so many teas to taste, and every vendor there had something delicious to share and purchase. Everyone was so knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming; I can’t wait to go again next year.
All this tea tasting, observing, and appreciation has inspired me to drink my tea outside with the trees and capture the beauty of every cup in nature.
Here are some of my photos from my cup of double bergamot earl grey from this morning:
tea with ferns
wet tea leaves: earl grey blend of black teas