I made a rain cover for my camera so I could stand out in this rain shower and watch the Robin who is now this morning building a nest in the tangle of vines that grow over the arbor. You can see her in the first photo, in a blur, at the lower right side of the vine branches as she is leaving to head out to find more building material.
While standing there, pretty well camouflaged, Mrs. Cardinal who had temporarily left her nest and eggs, almost flew into me before landing in one of the Japanese Maples close by.
I'm often overwhelmed while standing in this garden. And a gentle rain just adds to it. Photos can't convey the spirit of this space. It's a presence.
"The other, the greater beauty must come when all was ready for it 'as animals come to drink when night holds sway and the forest is free of strangers.' This can also be true for the soul. When we devote some calm time to the heart and come off the treadmill of stress and distraction, we can enter into the beauty within. Each of us can prepare for that inner arrival; where 'night holds sway' and the inner forest becomes 'free of strangers."
That is from John O'Donohue's book BEAUTY...The Invisible Embrace where he is talking about Rilke's essay on the sculptor Rodin and how he worked at creating his art.