Love is the most fundamental principle of the universe.
This idea seems utterly obvious in moments like this. 👆 Im not talking about romantic love, but the love that can be observed in nature (i.e, with these poppies set against a glowing green field, Boulder’s stunning Flatirons, and a beautiful blue sky as crickets were chirping and hummingbirds constantly fly overhead, sometimes twirling around with each other). The sun gives out its light and heat unconditionally, and the plants and animals work assiduously and utilize that energy for their individual and collective striving, all in perfect balance and harmony with each other, without giving or taking too much.
Nature, left untouched, naturally emanates this love, which is anchored in an ironclad universal logic. We human beings are naturally drawn to it, even when we may not be able to describe exactly why.
As I was doing this second painting of the poppies, all of these ideas were slowly crystallizing and forming into coherent thoughts. When the magnificence of nature strikes us, we pull out our phone or camera, and take tons of pictures of it. Every Spring, when these poppies bloom at the foot of the Flatirons, hoards of people flock up next to them to get their own picture of the poppies with the large, majestic Flatiron rocks in the background. Even though Boulder Open Space puts up signs telling people not to walk off the trail, the grass is nonetheless completely matted down in front of every place where there are poppies growing, which is only about 3 little areas in the park. People just want to capture the natural beauty of the park, and I am also guilty of this. In my defense, over the course of two afternoons painting, I noticed that my presence deterred a lot of people from coming up off the trail to where I was.
My point is, every Spring, more and more people are going to want to take their own poppy/Flatirons picture. All of this leads me to the thought to suggest to @boulderosmp
A) Make a new trail to where the poppies are growing
B) Plant more poppies along the existing trails
Or both! ❤️ Remington
P.S. “Love” does not come from the heart, it comes from the brain! 🧠