I once worked with a rolfer whose small words have always stayed with me: ‘we all need a witness and a guide.’ That’s it.
In 1889-99, there was a plant collecting expedition to Bermuda, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Cuba and other locals later named, the Allison V. Armour Expedition. Documenting what they witnessed when guided through these lands, the Online Archive of California (housed at UC Riverside) is one place that holds their photographic trek into botany. This work, and the work of all who tarry with others on their life path gives ballast to a sometimes rocky road. The guidebook or persons who have gone before us and can name and witness when we take a misstep is one way to approach the inward journey.
Guide Trooper Byrne, 1899, hand-colored lantern slide, The Field Museum’s Library Photo Archives