"Yes, intimate knowing, a kind of inquiring reciprocity. When I was walking across the campus this morning I found a beetle. Its life had expired. It was on its back on the sidewalk. I squatted down to examine it and in my mind I asked, 'Who were you?' and 'What was the cause of this?' I tried to enter into a state in which the beetle was not an object. To initiate some kind of relationship with what was left of the beetle is, for me, a kind of practice, an effort to stay in touch with the world. To stay intimate."
Barry Lopez, in William Tydeman, Conversations with Barry Lopez.