I Wake Beside the Other Ocean, photograph by Michelle Tennison
Dormez Vous, photograph by Michelle Tennison*
what is your
still, small voice
That which is overheard while in a coma
Question Sabine Miller, Answer Michelle Tennison (2015)
*The bee must have spent the night on this cosmos flower. It awoke about a half hour after this photo was taken.
Question Dietmar Tauchner, Answer Michelle Tennison (2017)
Dolphins use more of their brains’ capabilities than we do. The efficiency of their mode of communication becomes obvious in the wild, when they all move together as a unit, surf the waves at the same moment, make direction-changes simultaneously … How can we develop instant, open communication like this? When we have no secrets, no hidden agendas, no negative reactions. This is achieved through truthfulness, integrity, and Pod or Group Mind.
— Joan Ocean, on her years of experience swimming with dolphins
Why do some people who swim with dolphins and whales feel so profoundly affected by the experience, perhaps even healed, or changed forever? Often they describe it as pure joy. Cetaceans do seem to know something we haven’t quite figured out yet as they wordlessly and synchronistically move together — something about community and oneness, and something about play and the space of joy itself which is so abundant that it seems a bit foreign and even miraculous to us. Maybe that’s why sometimes, in their presence, we feel like are receiving answers long before we know the questions.
Why do we say we “fall” in love?
A rain barrel overflowing
Question Michelle Tennison, Answer Mark Harris, (2016)
How do birds in flight know when to turn?
Something beyond words
Question Michelle Tennison, Answer Dietmar Tauchner (2017)
“adjusting your response to the necessity of the moment” (from a Gary Snyder interview), Sabine Miller, digitally enhanced watercolor on watercolor paper, 2016.