day tripper. Inner Harbor & Aquarium Ⅱ

Afternoon adventure South of Pennsylvania. This time (again) Baltimore “Inner Harbor
including the National Aquarium.

Baltimore Inner Harbor has been a favorite retreat of mine for decades. In the mid nineties I would travel to find, then esoteric books and music, Today it is clean family friendly area to visit while the vibrant natives of Baltimore live their lives, joggers, bikers, businessmen, regular folks. plenty of art museums, good restaurants and of course waterways.
see another photo gallery of the national aquarium at

A Day At the Aquarium :: Pennsylvania Echoes

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Metabolizing ~ k.i.s.s.

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Keeping Me Healthy

The process involving a set of chemical reactions that modifies a molecule into another for storage, or for immediate use in another reaction or as a by product.
http://www.biology-online.org/dictionary/Metabolism

metabolism is used as a metaphor for psychological functioning. People grow through biting off an appropriate-sized piece (be this food or ideas or relationships), chewing it (considering), and discovering whether it is nourishing or toxic

http://www.gestalt.org/yontef.htm

As one discovers each moment that he experiences…
conscious gestalts(stimuli, senses far & close, emotional response  that together form temporal “phenomena”)  form out of the unconscious  background.
Assessing  these moments, is a matter of deciding what bits and pieces are “swallowed” (and nourishing) and what rejected
This happens at a metaphorical boundary between differences known as Contact“.  In this case Contact is between the subject -and- what-he-is-not,  at that moment.

Metabolism at contact boundary is holistic  body/mind/environment experiential adventure.

Keeping Me Healthy.

 

 

 

 

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Decembering Philadelphia 1

Photography of Centre City (Down-town)during two evening trips..
Outdoor photography is a relatively cheap hobby,
A cheap and simple digital camera ($50 to $150 dollars) and a laptop computer.
Exercise, fresh air, and bumping into other pedestrians worth it..

Hope you enjoy my photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!

Wetland Photos-Summer2015 Egrets and Herons

Photos of Blue Herons and Egrets I have taken recently.
both Egrets and Herons (including Great Blue, Blue and Green Herons) are common in Pennsylvania year round.

More information on Blue Herons: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Great_Blue_Heron/id
More on Egrets: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Great_Egret/id
Both links from the Cornell-lab of Ornithologist.

Similar Wetland photos on Pennsylvania Echoes follow the:

Have a great summer!

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Its about meditation, love and family… and waterfowl.
A usual spot I visit on walks with cheap camera has become a place to practice observation – some field work for a class I am taking. Home work for my Permaculture Design class demands that I work on passive observation. observation is a passive form of interaction and a type of experience.

This class encourage, in part, sitting an ecosystem (ie. a neighborhood, park, farm, pond) and letting go of presumptions and subvocalization (my word choice for thinking in spoken language) and sensing the close proximity world. If that sounds like meditation, yes its close. Zen, Phenomenology, and the permacultural observational practices of meld well. I will talk more of in upcoming posts.

One thing I have pleasantly seen around the local ponds and man made reservoirs these last couple of months is a growing number of Herons and a new season of young Canadian Geese.
So a couple pictures from yesterdays walk and sit with my camera:

Clicking the mosaic image above will reveal the slideshow.
Have a great weekend!

Swimming between Systems

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Today I learned a new word: Ecotone.
An Ecotone is an area where two ecological systems or communities meet, transition and integrate.
That to say: Enough differences between meeting systems or communities to observe a boundary , however resources are constantly exchange enough to to describe any “boundary” as permeable. A simple example would be beach and sea, where minerals and small life are constantly be deposited or eroded.

I cannot help, but to think of my new word “Ecotone”, learned in my permaculture class and compare it withthe word “Contact” from Gestalt Therapy. Contact is the meeting of differences, where resources are exchange between. And so is an Ecotone.

It does not surprise me (anymore, that is) to find similar, if not synonymous terms in both Gestalt and Permaculture. Both approaches merge science and holism. Gestalt therapy places weight on one’s awareness of his/her real-time experience ; Permaculture places heavy emphasis on one’s observation and interaction with ecological systems.
What first peaked my interest about permaculture as an approach, is that permaculture may be far better suited to empirically support holism.
Permaculture design is anchored, concretely, in observing ecology.

I have other ambitions and curiosities with permaculture. Besides I am only beginning my course. None the less, I welcome any personal synthesis between the gestalt theory, permaculture, science and holism , as I continue to learn.

On a completely unrelated topic: It’s still cold here in Pennsylvania, It was sleeting when I left my class for home. I feel like I am swimming between seasons, much like the Swans in the picture above.

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I had another good thanksgiving day. I have notice the hype that Turkeys this time of year. But I thought I’d share some pictures other fowl, waterfowl Herons and kingfishers… plus some of there turtles friends hanging out together on a man made pond — a well kept overflow and runoff reservoir.
 
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I visited this marshy area quite a bit over summer, and I am surprised that turtles sit so comfortably next to the birds. Equally interesting is that the two Herons (A blue heron and a white egret) did not show any confrontational or territorial ill feelings toward each other… in fact the birds fished together, sometimes only a couple feet away from each other. They moved spot to spot in the pond usually with the geese and ducks.. perhaps this communal friendliness was for safety, or perhaps better fishing opportunities… or perhaps both.
It should be pointed out that all these critters were benefiting from a man made run of reservoir, even man can get along with turtle and wild birds.

… as long as the bird ain’t a turkey.