The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. – Eden Philpotts
I believe in synchronicity. Synchronicity, is a term coined by psychologist Carl Jung in the 1920’s to explain events that occur together and, although they initially seem unrelated, when looked at carefully, have great personal meaning. Although Jung was considered an expert in his field, for many, this perspective may seem like a fringe concept, something reserved for hippies or self-proclaimed psychics, but I have experienced this phenomenonwith enough regularity that I can say, at the very least, it works for me.
One of my most profound synchronicities allowed me to take this photo of a pine marten outside my cabin in Northern Minnesota. Every year, I go North for a wilderness retreat and I year after year, I have narrowly missed seeing this elegant member of the weasel family. This particular year (2008), I decided to try an approach I’d used as a meditation technique back home: I sat by the lake and spoke to the spirit of the marten, asking if, perhaps, he would show himself, if only briefly. I know it sounds odd, and to be honest, I had no idea if anything would come of it, but I figured it was worth a try.
Two days later, I was having breakfast with my Mom, sitting by the window in the kitchen. We were talking and planning a hike and I wasn’t really paying attention to the goings-on outside. Suddenly, there was a loud “smack” as something hit the window. We thought it was a large bird and hurried to see if it was alright. It wasn’t a bird. Standing among the rocks under our bird feeder was a pine marten, staring at the window as if to say, “Hey! You wanted to see me and now you’re not paying attention!”
I had my camera handy and started taking photos as fast as I could. This is the best photo and one of my all-time favorites. It was taken with my Canon EOS Digital Rebel f/4.5, 1/125 with a focal length of 102mm, mounted on a tripod with Manfrotto ball-head. It was a little underexposed, so I tweaked the exposure in Photoshop, but no other changes were made.