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Lookout for 2007 - communing with deer lichen

On May 13, 2007, I went to Eden Gardens State Park, FL, USA, to meet, photograph, and commune with a beautiful large area of deer lichen (commonly called deer moss) along the Nature Trail. I found many lichens common in this area along with local birds, bugs, plants, and hidden creatures. Here are some images and a movie.

We are one. Yet in one, I face you deer lichen, the other. Bug is intermediary, channel, go-between, or priest. When all is said and done, we are none. I edited the following quote from the book Each Moment is the Universe, by Dainin Katagiri, removing sectarian references:

Whether you are conscious of it or not, your life exists right in the midst of the path called mind or the way. All beings go along this path. It is open not only to human beings but to all beings--animate or inanimate. All sentient beings are walking together.

I agree that all being is sentient or all beings are sentient. So we commune. There are other lichens here besides deer lichen varieties. The ground is white sand. Black mounds could be dirt but or lichens. Some plants crowd and grow over each other. Some are strewn thinly. There are some real green mosses too. Insects in the grasses kept me from exploring off the path so I don't know how far the thick patches of deer lichen extend. Here are three GPS coordinates for the extent of deer lichen met along the Nature Trail, beginning, middle and end:

In the movie, I talk to the dear moss beings and myself.

Here are some images from the movie.

Deer lichen site 5. Eden State Gardens. Back to deer lichen or Lookout.

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