I am all cried out, but still emotionally exhausted. I wanted to do a little private farewell ceremony for my brother Miles who passed away over the Memorial Day weekend in his apartment in Texas, so I took a photo of him out along a trail that runs along the side of the American River. He always loved green places. I found a tree that is accessible from the trail, but not so close that you can see the river-facing side of it from the trail. In the base of that tree , facing the water, is a natural hollow, like a “tree womb”. I put the photo in there – so Miles can “see and hear” the river – and decorated it with some wild fennel, woodland clarkia, rattlesnake grass (because I think it’s pretty) and some wild herbs. I said a quiet “farewell” and an “I love you”, and then I went on with a longer walk. I know it’s just a “symbol” but it means a lot to me to have done it.
Here are a few more photos of him from his Facebook page: