drift seed

Our lives as humans are shaped by the paths we follow.

For the itinerant among us, that path tends toward long and meandering. A lack of rootedness means moving with the flow of life into uncharted waters, eschewing well-trodden ways for the unknown.

Over time we may come to realize there is a heady comfort to be found in change, and that movement is often a precursor of discoveries both outside and within the self.

Like drift seeds, some people need movement to thrive.

drift seed. \drift\sēd\. noun

Drift seeds (also sea beans) and drift fruits are seeds and fruits adapted for long distance dispersal by water. Most are produced by tropical trees, and they can be found on distant beaches after drifting thousands of miles through ocean currents. This method of propagation has helped many species of plant such as the Coconut colonize and establish themselves on previously barren islands. Consequently, drift seeds and fruits are of interest to scientists who study these currents.

In botanical terminology, a drift fruit is a kind of diaspore, and drift seeds and fruits are disseminules.” – Wikipedia

Here I highlight some of the places that I have drifted, and which have shaped me.

I share them because, maybe, like me, you too are a drift seed. Maybe you can relate.

 
©Erica Cirino

©Erica Cirino

Hanalei bay, Kauai, Hawaii

©Erica Cirino

©Erica Cirino

North pacific ocean

©Erica Cirino

©Erica Cirino

Honolulu, oahu, Hawaii

©Erica Cirino

©Erica Cirino

Rome, italy

©Erica Cirino

©Erica Cirino

South pacific ocean

©Erica Cirino

©Erica Cirino

eastern Grenada

©Erica Cirino

©Erica Cirino

phuket, thailand

©Erica Cirino

©Erica Cirino

vancouver island, british columbia, canada

©Erica Cirino

©Erica Cirino

gila national forest, silver city, new mexico, USA

©Erica Cirino

©Erica Cirino

Berlin wall, berlin, germany

©Erica Cirino

©Erica Cirino

Long island, new york, USA

©Erica Cirino

©Erica Cirino

Monterey Bay, california, USA

©Erica Cirino

©Erica Cirino

nuku hiva, marquesas, french polynesia

©Erica Cirino

©Erica Cirino

san juan islands, washington state, usa

©Erica Cirino

©Erica Cirino

red rocks, denver, colorado, usa

©Erica Cirino

©Erica Cirino

Iceland

©Erica Cirino

©Erica Cirino

Amsterdam, netherlands

©Erica Cirino

©Erica Cirino

copenhagen, Denmark

©Erica Cirino

©Erica Cirino

portland, oregon, USA

©Erica Cirino

©Erica Cirino

southern sweden

©Frederik Jølving

©Frederik Jølving

sin htauk beach, myanmar (Burma)