Nature’s First Green

This time of year is intensely green in northern California. The hills are verdant, the forest, gold (Nature’s first green…). Psychologist Carl Jung says the alchemical benedicta viriditas, the blessed greenness, is “the sacred immanence of the divine spirit of life in all things”. A walk in the forests or the green hills of Napa or Sonoma or Marin counties brings opportunity for such epiphanies!

But its hue will not hold. Within the month our Mediterranean climate’s summer and necessary dryness will be burning the hills tawny colored, and then brownish white, beautiful in its own way.

from Robert Frost’s Nature’s First Green is Gold

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