Native Plants and our relationship to the world

Our class with Abe and Craig was really a wonderful experience. They shared lots of insightful information about the land we live on and the relationship we have with the food that we consume. We are very detached from the food that we eat, compared to people of the past and even native peoples who understand the earth more than we do. There is a give and take that many people do not think about when it comes to plant life and there are native plants around us that many do not take advantage of since they are not educated about them.

In regards to being connected to our food, I think everyone really enjoyed the experience of making the smoothies and tea. We were all involved and connected through the making of the drinks. There is something about making food with people that makes for a good experience and you enjoy the food that much more. I’m sure the same thing can be said about cultivating and harvesting your own food as well. When your own energies go into your food, it becomes a part of you and then you appreciate it more. For example, when you make food with love, it always seems to taste really good for whoever it was intended for. On the other side of that, I’ve heard when you make food for others and your are in a bad mood, there’s a chance that whoever consumes it will get an upset stomach.

San Elijo Lagoon 

San Elijo Lagoon is one of San Diego’s largest coastal wetlands. It lies along the coast between the cities of Solana Beach and Encinitas, and then moves inland to the Rancho Sante Fe community. Native American tribes hunted and gathered in those areas for at least 8,500 years before European settlers came along. The native people relied on coastal resources for things such as food. They sustained themselves through consuming scallops, clams, shark, barracuda, bonito and abalone. The most recent native people to occupy the area are the Kumeyaay.

In 1769, the Spanish Portola Expedition were the ones to name the area San Elijo in honor of Saint Alexis. A big influx of people would then follow almost a hundred years later in 1848 when many people started to travel west because of the California Gold Rush. Their settlements and cultivation of the land ended up changing the watershed.

Camille Seaman

I love how she approaches photographing the polar ice as if she was doing portraits. It is such a great approach to the subject matter. With the constant change in the world, she is so right that the images she has taken of the icebergs are so unique. If she were return today to the same locations she photographed, I am certain that they be totally different. All those moments are fleeting and we should all be so thankful to see the beauty of the ice as she has captured them. They are shown with such majesty. Her work and approach echoes what I usually say about my portrait work. She realizes the relationship with your subject matter makes all the difference in results. The more you are in tune with your subject, the better your results. If she did not see the polar ice with the outlook she has, I am more than certain her images wouldn’t be as powerful. Seeing the personality of your subject makes an image that much more powerful.

Camille Seaman embraces nature as if she was taking in her own family. She speaks about the world as if she were one of it. Her beautiful words are so respectful to Mother Nature. You can really tell that she cares about the earth and how people see it. She knows how intertwined our lives are with the result of the world. Our decisions affect how the world will change and if we anger the world, it will fit back.