There is an immanence inherent in all things,
a constant becoming
not separate from, not outside of.
Immanence – it’s a tricky word. It’s not the same as imminence. It is of course, the state of being immanent, which Merriam-Webster defines as indwelling or inherent, or within the limits of possible experience or knowledge.
The sense of immanence I’m getting at with these images (hopefully) is close to the concept discussed below in a Wikipedia entry about a French philosopher named Gilles Deleuze:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Lest you think I’ve gone off the rails, let’s just say that Deleuze’s ideas as presented above and in this link resonate with me now, as I look at these photos. I might also describe the quality I’m thinking about as a roving, ever-present sense of possibility and becoming, equally inherent in and permeating all things – the rain chain, the running boy, the shadow, your own eyes.
- A rain chain at Seattle’s Washington Arboretum Japanese Garden. Rain chains can make the movement of water from roof to ground a delight to watch and hear.
- A bamboo pole keeps the old wooden doors closed at the Japanese Garden.
- A Madrone tree at Washington Park on Fidalgo Island. The peeling bark reveals wonderful colors, the branches curve and contort in pleasing ways.
- Dead limbs on an old juniper tree at Washington Park. Junipers normally don’t like the Pacific northwest but these trees, Juniperus maritima, have adapted to our islands in Puget Sound and a few spots on the Olympic Peninsula and coastal British Columbia. This species was “discovered,” i.e. recognized as genetically and reproductively distinct from the Rocky Mountain juniper (Juniperus scopulorum), just ten years ago.
- A Ginkgo leaf on its way to the ground, stopped by a twig at the Japanese Garden.
- Late afternoon at the conservatory in Volunteer Park, Seattle.
- Espresso with a glass of water, and Christmas lights in the background; Pelican Bay Books, Anacortes, Washington.
- A boy leaving a cafe in Seattle. Dad let us have cookies!
- Looking out to the street while staying warm and cozy at Pelican Bay Books.
- Shadow play on a wall at home.
- & 12. Sunset over Lake Washington from Juanita Beach in Kirkland. Photos taken with my phone.