Books.

April 30, 2012 § 2 Comments

 

“I believe in the magic of books. I believe that during certain periods in our lives we are drawn to particular books–whether it’s strolling down the aisles of a bookshop with no idea whatsoever of what it is that we want to read and suddenly finding the most perfect, most wonderfully suitable book staring us right in the face. Unblinking. Or a chance meeting with a stranger or friend who recommends a book we would never ordinarily reach for. Books have the ability to find their own way into our lives.” – Cecelia Ahern

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Torrey Utah near Capitol Reef

Torrey is eight miles from Capitol Reef National Park’s west entrance. Located at an elevation of 6,800 feet…..Torrey is also an excellent access point for Utah’s Scenic Byway 12.

This small town, population 171…

http://www.capitolreef.org/torrey.html

 

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“We don’t want to feel less when we have finished a book; we want to feel that new possibilities of being have been opened to us. We don’t want to close a book with a sense that life is totally unfair and that there is no light in the darkness; we want to feel that we have been given illumination.”  – Madeleine L’Engle, “Walking on Water”

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UT-WhiteCanyon-FryCanyonDwelling

“The canyon is a tributary of Utah’s White Canyon, which makes a gorgeous, serpentine cut through Cedar Mesa, near Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. But it remains unprotected.

It lies at the heart of the proposed Glen Canyon Wilderness, where the vast expanse of Paleozoic-era sandstone known as Nokai Dome eases its way to the upper reaches of Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. This region also includes the soaring Wingate Cliffs of the Red Rock Plateau, Mancos Mesa, Moqui Canyon with its meandering stream, Red Canyon, and the serpentine side canyons of White Canyon. This is one of the most remote regions of the state, but it lacks protection and is threatened by increasing ORV use.

It is all part of the San Juan-Canyonlands region of Southeastern Utah is one of the most iconic landscapes recommended for protection in America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act, boasting dramatic geologic features wrought by elemental forces, as well as internationally significant cultural sites of the Ancestral Puebloans and the Mormon Pioneers. Adorned with buttes and arches, vast stretches of slickrock deposited over 250 million years ago, ancient pinyon-juniper forests and an artist’s pallet of red-hued sandstone, the San Juan-Canyonlands region has inspired explorers since the days of John Wesley Powell, and its wonders represent some of the greatest unprotected wilderness in the country.” – Chris Case

 

http://chriscasephoto.photoshelter.com/image/I00009Ab1AvUdqjA

 

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“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”  – Voltaire

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Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

http://inspirationgreen.com/nature-photos-of-emmanuel-coupe.html

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“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”  – Anne Lamott

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Trust.

April 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

 

“To teach how to live without certainty, and yet without being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can still do for those who study it.” – Bertrand Russell

Night sky in the desert

http://hudsonvalleygeologist.blogspot.com/2010/06/mega-road-trip-day-7.html

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“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” – Albert Einstein

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looking west towards the village of Joshua Tree

http://sparepartsandpics.blogspot.com/2012/02/family-reunion-in-desert.html

 

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Constellation Canis Major with the brightest star of night sky, Sirius, shines above a rare scene in Southern California.

http://www.twanight.org/newTWAN/photos.asp?ID=3001792

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“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie

Music.

April 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

“No matter who we are, no matter what our circumstances, our feelings and emotions are universal. And music has always been a great way to make people aware of that connection. It can help you open up a part of yourself and express feelings you didn’t know you were feeling. It’s risky to let that happen. But it’s a risk you have to take-because only then will you find you’re not alone.” – Josh Groban

Dream Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

http://www.bobdentphotography.com/photo.php?id=196&gallery=sunrisesunset

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Liz Story’s “Solid Colors”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JTvsHlRDHE

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Gem Lake Colorado

http://beatoftravel.com/tag/gem-lake-colorado/

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“Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.” – Johnny Depp

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Jim Chappell’s “Lullaby”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDOr75AfT2w

 

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Pat Matheny’s “Facing West”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8imgW-7f0M

Door.

April 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

Isn’t it something about how a door needs to close before we say
“okay, I’ll try something else.” And then that something else is so
much better?

Santa Fe Doorway #1

http://www.wyattphoto.com/photo.php?id=139&gallery=southwest

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Log Home Door in NM

http://www.loghomes.com/index.php?option=com_hotproperty&view=properties&layout=property&id=443&Itemid=168

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Front Door Pear Tree House

http://www.gregallegretti.com/home/residential/traditional/pear-tree-house/

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Blue Door

http://www.bluedoorretreat.com/

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Door in Greece

http://www.andrewshepherd.net/images/photo/greece/content/DSCF2784___large.html

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Connection.

April 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

 

“… there’s a silent voice in the wilderness that we hear only when no one else is around. When you go far, far beyond, out across the netherlands of the Known, the din of human static slowly fades away, over and out.” – Rob Shultheis

AERIAL VIEW OF MOUNTAINS IN DENALI NATIONAL PARK

http://magdarakita.photoshelter.com/image/I0000WUeuF0IiB.o

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Gates of the Arctic

http://anniekatec.blogspot.com/2011/02/climate-change-keenly-felt-in-alaskas.html

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The Dalton Highway traverses Alaska’s northern boreal forest on its way to the Brooks Range and the Arctic Coastal Plain.

The Dalton Highway, built to haul supplies to the Trans Alaska Pipeline System and the Prudhoe Bay oil fields, provides access to the scenic Arctic. Traversing tundra and mountaintops, the highway cuts a transect north across Alaska, crossing the Yukon River, the Arctic Circle, and the Brooks Range, before almost reaching the Arctic Ocean. Along this route, visitors can observe caribou herds migrating across the tundra, butterflies massing in the chilly air, and grizzlies at rest in the sun. Musk oxen browse sunlit slopes, a tableau little changed in thousands of years. Wildflower enthusiasts will appreciate the tiny, profuse flowers on the tundra, some easily recognized as dwarf versions of familiar species. Even on the summer solstice—when the sun literally never sets —snowfalls are frequent in the rugged environment served by theDalton Highway.

http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/res/Education_in_BLM/Learning_Landscapes/For_Travelers/go/scenic_drives/dalton_highway.print.html

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Snowy Owl ANWR

http://refugeassociation.org/wildlife/birds/snowy-owl/

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Snowy Owl in Flight

http://refugeassociation.org/wildlife/birds/snowy-owl/

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“This is not wilderness for designation or for a park. Not a scenic wilderness and not one good for fishing or the viewing of wildlife. It is wilderness that gets into your nostrils, that runs with your sweat. It is the core of everything living, wilderness like molten iron.” – Craig Childs, The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild

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Polar Bears Save ANWR from Shell Oil

http://www.savebiogems.org/stop-shell/

 

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“The whole concept of ‘wild’ was decidedly European, one not shared by the original inhabitants of this continent. What we called ‘wilderness’ was to the Indian a homeland, ‘abiding loveliness’ in Salish or Piegan. The land was not something to be feared or conquered, and ‘wildlife’ were neither wild nor alien; they were relatives.” – Doug Peacock, Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness.

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Caribou in ANWR

http://www.alaskawild.org/our-issues/arctic-national-wildlife-refuge-campaign/

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Caribou migration in the Gates of the Arctic

http://www.jamesseithphotography.com/Travel/Alaska-Arctic-Caribou/13741002_Sm5KBW/1005339933_sh6L2#!i=1005339933&k=sh6L2

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“The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected. Maybe they always have been and will be. Maybe we’ve lived a thousand lives before this one and in each of them we’ve found each other. And maybe each time, we’ve been forced apart for the same reasons. That means that this goodbye is both a goodbye for the past ten thousand years and a prelude to what will come.” – Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook.

Spark.

April 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

 

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

Aerial view Rockies

http://www.randylewis.org/1301cameronlake.htm

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“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.
Delicious Ambiguity.” – Gilda Radnor

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http://www.mundhenk.com/photos/best_of_1/pages/colorado-national-monument-mountains-2.html

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“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swaps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.” – Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Flat rock.

April 25, 2012 § 2 Comments

“Stories nurture our connection to place and to each other. They show us where we have been and where we can go. They remind us of how to be human, how to live alongside the other lives that animate this planet. … When we lose stories, our understanding of the world is less rich, less true.” – Susan J. Tweit, Walking Nature Home: A Life’s Journey

Wallstreet in Utah

http://themorningfresh.com/tag/utah/

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“To see ten thousand animals untamed and not branded with the symbols of human commerce is like scaling an unconquered mountain for the first time, or like finding a forest without roads or footpaths, or the blemish of an axe. You know then what you had always been told — that the world once lived and grew without adding machines and newsprint and brick-walled streets and the tyranny of clocks.” – Beryl Markham

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Pictographs, Grand Gulch, Utah

http://www.widerange.org/gallery/grand-gulch-loop-hike/

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“…and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?”  – Vincent van Gogh

Burr Trail Rd near Boulder UT

http://www.downtheavenue.com/on-nature/

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“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
call to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”  – Mary Oliver

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Fins at Park Avenue part of Arches

http://www.learnnc.org/lp/multimedia/6942

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Steamboat Rock, Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado

http://article.wn.com/view/2012/04/20/28th_National_Space_Symposium_starts_today/

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“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” – Albert Einstein

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