May 3, 2012 § 2 Comments

“The march of Providence is so slow and our desires so impatient; the work of progress so immense and our means of aiding it so feeble; the life of humanity is so long, that of the individual so brief, that we often see only the ebb of the advancing wave and are thus discouraged. It is history that teaches us to hope.” – Robert E. Lee

Sierra Madre Oriental Mountain Range

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“We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments. But great moments often catch us unaware – beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.” – Kent Nurburn

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Sisquoc River and Sierra Madre Mountains

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“But of course these conjectures as to why God does what He does are probably of no more value than my dog’s ideas of what I am up to when I sit and read.”  – C.S. Lewis

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“The willingness to reexamine lifelong beliefs because of conflicting data takes enormous courage, and contrasts sharply with recent examples of public discourse in which our political, cultural, and religious leaders have fit data to preconceived theories.” – Donal O’Shea

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Sierra Madre, Guatemala

The Sierra Madre is a mountain range in Central America which stretches from the Southwest of Mexico, through Guatemala, El Salvador and parts of Honduras. It is the largest mountain range in Central America and runs over 600 km from northwest to southeast, along the Central American Pacific coast. Most of Guatemala’s volcanoes are part of the Sierra Madre and its highest points exceed 4,000 meters.

The range was formed as a result of the subduction of the Cocos Plate beneath the Caribbean Plate and the southern part of the North American Plate. Earthquakes and volcanic activity are still part of this ongoing process. The range, is the main divide of the watersheds in Central America and forms the boundary between the rivers that flow into the Atlantic or Pacific oceans.

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Hopi Blue Corn

This tiny “corn” cob is 4 cm long.  It is the seed pod of Teosinte, the ancient ancestor of modern corn.

Teosinte originated in Mexico and still grows wild in remote mountain areas of the Sierra Madre.

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Edge of Sierra Madre

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The Last Great Mysteries of the Chaco Canyon Anasazi Full Circle – Paquimé to Chaco and Return:


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“What I need is perspective. The illusion of depth, created by a frame, the arrangement of shapes on a flat surface. Perspective is necessary. Otherwise there are only two dimensions. Otherwise you live with your face squashed up against a wall, everything a huge foreground, of details, close-ups, hairs, the weave of the bedsheet, the molecules of the face. Your own skin like a map, a diagram of futility, criscrossed with tiny roads that lead nowhere. Otherwise you live in the moment. Which is not where I want to be”  – Margaret Atwood


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