Mosaic.

August 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

We do not see the world as it is. We see the word as we are.”   – Anais Nin

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Sonoran Desert NM

http://geotripper.blogspot.com/2011/12/dispatches-from-road-octet-of-ocotillo.html

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“There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do.” – Anais Nin

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chiricahua_national_monument

http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/potd/2006/07/chiricahua_national_monument.php

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“Life is a full circle, widening until it joins the circle motions of the infinite.”  – Anais Nin

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Sonoran Desert

http://rinaldiscreative.zenfolio.com/p736855334/h16FB1CE#h16fb1ce

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“There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.”  – Anais Nin

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Sonoran Desert National Monument

http://nwbirding.com/Trips/Arizona05.html

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“The enemy of a love is never outside, it’s not a man or a woman, it’s what we lack in ourselves.”  – Anais Nin

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Table Top Wilderness in the Sonoran Desert National Monument. Photo by Thom Hulen

http://canyonecho.wikispaces.com/Sonoran+Desert+National+Monument

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“When I cannot bear outer pressures anymore, I begin to put order in my belongings…As if unable to organize and control my life, I seek to exert this on the world of objects.”  – Anais Nin

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North Maricopa Mountains wilderness area

http://www.npexp.com/sonoran-desert-national-monument/

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“One discovers that destiny can be diverted, that one does not have to remain in bondage to the first wax imprint made on childhood sensibilities. Once the deforming mirror has been smashed, there is a possibility of wholeness. There is a possibility of joy.”  – Anais Nin

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Tonto National Monument

http://course1.winona.edu/tgrier/TGPhotoGallery.htm

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“Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.”  – Anais Nin

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cholla cactus Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

http://jamescowlin.photoshelter.com/image/I0000FdVaOe3X4Gc

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“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.”  – Anais Nin

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organ pipe cactus puertoblancodrive

http://ilovenationalparks.org/organpipecactus.html

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“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive.” – Anais Nin

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Transcend.

August 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

“You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true.”  – Richard Bach, “Bridge Across Forever”.

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Kern River

http://calendar.ucsd.edu/DisplayEventDetail.asp?iEventID=25721&iSubCatID=&iRoomID=

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“All journeys eventually end in the same place, home.”  – Chris Geiger

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upper Whitney trail

http://sequoia.visionbib.com/Kern.html

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“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”  – Leonardo da Vinci

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Kern-River

http://www.grahamowengallery.com/photography/Sierra_Kern_River.html

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“I don’t like ass kissers, flag wavers or team players. I like people who buck the system. Individualists. I often warn people: “Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘There is no “I” in team.’ What you should tell them is, ‘Maybe not. But there is an “I” in independence, individuality and integrity.'” Avoid teams at all cost. Keep your circle small. Never join a group that has a name. If they say, “We’re the So-and-Sos,” take a walk. And if, somehow, you must join, if it’s unavoidable, such as a union or a trade association, go ahead and join. But don’t participate; it will be your death. And if they tell you you’re not a team player, congratulate them on being observant.”  – George Carlin :^)

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The Peppermint Rainbow’s “Will You Be Staying After Sunday?” is song from 1969.

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“He lost himself somewhere on the harmless side of lunacy, slightly south of innocuous but definetly north of demented.”  – Tony Vigorito

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Lower Kern River

http://sequoia.visionbib.com/Kern.html

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“The people who invented the twenty-first century were pot-smoking, sandal-wearing hippies from the West Coast like Steve, because they saw differently,” he said. “The hierarchical systems of the East Coast, England, Germany, and Japan do not encourage this different thinking. The sixties produced an anarchic mind-set that is great for imagining a world not yet in existence.”  – Walter Isaacson, “Steve Jobs”.

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upper Kern canyon

http://sequoia.visionbib.com/Kern.html

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“And like no other sculpture in the history of art, the dead engine and dead airframe come to life at the touch of a human hand, and join their life with the pilot’s own.”  – Richard Bach

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Light.

August 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Even as a child, she had preferred night to day, had enjoyed sitting out in the yard after sunset, under the star-speckled sky listening to frogs and crickets. Darkness soothed. It softened the sharp edges of the world, toned down the too-harsh colors. With the coming of twilight, the sky seemed to recede; the universe expanded. The night was bigger than the day, and in its realm, life seemed to have more possibilities.” – Dean Koontz

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Anza Borego Night sky

http://www.anzaborrego.net/travel/anzaborregoprevious/forum/viewpostsbyuser.aspx?UserID=29&Page=1

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“To him the stars seemed like so many musical notes affixed to the sky, just waiting for somebody to unfasten them. Someday the sky would be emptied, but by then the earth would be a constellation of musical scores”  – Machado de Assis

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Mojave night sky

http://chrispzero.com/blog/2011/07/09/mojave-in-july/

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“My soul will find yours.”  – Jude Devereaux

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Southwest Autumn Sky

http://www.flickriver.com/photos/palojono/sets/72157624405716903/

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“I heard what you said. I’m not the silly romantic you think. I don’t want the heavens or the shooting stars. I don’t want gemstones or gold. I have those things already. I want…a steady hand. A kind soul. I want to fall asleep, and wake, knowing my heart is safe. I want to love, and be loved.” – Shauna Abe’

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Flying over Mojave

http://blog.nasm.si.edu/category/behind-the-scenes/

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“[T]hat old September feeling, left over from school days, of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air … Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year’s mistakes had been wiped clean by summer.”  – Wallace Stegner, “Angle of Repose”.

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Borrego Springs

http://www.rvgoddess.com/postcards/2011/floss/february/021611.aspx

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“a happy birthday

this evening, I sat by an open window
and read till the light was gone and the book
was no more than a part of the darkness.
I could easily have switched on a lamp,
but I wanted to ride the day down into night,
to sit alone, and smooth the unreadable page
with the pale gray ghost of my hand”  – Ted Kooser

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Music.

August 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

“A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.”  – Leopold Stokowski

 

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Siskiyou Wilderness

http://www.fs.usda.gov/attmain/srnf/specialplaces

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“Who hears music, feels his solitude
Peopled at once.”  – Robert Browning

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Northern spotted owl in California’s Six Rivers National Forest

http://www.americanforests.org/our-programs/global-releaf-projects/forests-for-fifty/forests-for-fiftyprotecting-wildlife-habitat/

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“Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.”  – Leonard Berstein

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Six Rivers

http://stateofwilderness.com/2012/07/15/gc1aa06-the-crown-jewel-the-unforgettable-smith-river/

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“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”  – Aldous Huxley

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Bailey Cove Trail located on the McCloud Arm of Shasta Lake

http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/stnf/recreation/hiking

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“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”  – Albert Einstein

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McCloud River

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Project/view/id/McCloud/

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“Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.” – George Carlin   :^)

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Trinity National Forest

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/21711123

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“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley

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Memory.

August 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Now that I have opened that bottle of memories they’re pouring out like wine, crimson and bittersweet.”  – Ellen Hopkins

 

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Southern Yosemite road

http://www.southernyosemite.com/sierra.htm

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“The only real treasure is in your head. Memories are better than diamonds and nobody can steal them from you”  – Rodman Philbrick

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Bishop CA road

http://www.wunderground.com/wximage/Belladonnaphoto/9?gallery=

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“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.”  – L.M. Montgomery

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Fall sparkle.

August 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

 

 

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Vintage 10K ring

http://www.etsy.com/listing/107384586/vintage-10kt-rose-gold-flower-band-ring?ref=tre-2723225528-6

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Vintage suitcase

http://www.etsy.com/listing/107403168/vintage-retro-cream-and-brown-suitcase?ref=tre-2723225528-15

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Antique 18k Rose Gold Ring

http://www.etsy.com/listing/100648197/antique-18k-rose-gold-engraved-wedding?ref=tre-2723225528-14

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Fall sparkle  Etsy Treasury:

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/NzA0NjQyMHwyNzIzMjI1NTI4/fall-sparkle

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Explore.

August 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

“That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.” – Neil Armstrong

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Night-sky-at-GBNP

The night sky over Great Basin National Park | Dan Duriscoe/National Park Service

http://roadjournals.viamagazine.com/tag/featured-destination/page/3/

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“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”  – Henry David Thoreau

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City of Rocks NP dirt road

http://theroadgenealogist.blogspot.com/2012/04/city-of-rocks-national-reserve.html

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“In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.”  – Ansel Adams

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City of Rocks National Preserve

http://www.adventuredrop.com/5771_City-of-Rocks-National-Reserve.html

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“Before we invented civilization our ancestors lived mainly in the open out under the sky. Before we devised artificial lights and atmospheric pollution and modern forms of nocturnal entertainment we watched the stars. There were practical calendar reasons of course but there was more to it than that. Even today the most jaded city dweller can be unexpectedly moved upon encountering a clear night sky studded with thousands of twinkling stars. When it happens to me after all these years it still takes my breath away.” – Carl Sagan

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Preston Idaho Land

http://prestonidahorealestate.com/

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“The perfect journey is never finished, the goal is always just across the next river, round the shoulder of the next mountain. There is always one more track to follow, one more mirage to explore.”  – Rosita Forbes

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Preston Idaho Historic Barn

http://www.cachevalleyhomesforsale.com/idaho_agents.htm

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“Maybe dream chasing is like climbing a mountain. You know, finding the trail, stepping onto it. At first you’re energetic and it’s easy. Then you trip over a root, face a huge boulder, or a steep incline. So you stand up after the fall, find your way around the boulder, and trudge up the vertical. Eventually, you’re on top of the mountain with an expansive view of the world.” – Peggy Strack

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City of Rocks NP Idaho

This view is looking north through a sagebrush meadow along the Tea Kettle Trail. Nematode (rock) is near the center of the image. Private Idaho (rock) is in the upper right in the distance.

http://3dparks.wr.usgs.gov/ciro/html2/cor00020.htm

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“Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.”  – Judith Thurman

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Morning Glory Spire

Morning Glory Spire (a.k.a. The Incisor) is a favorite of climbers at City of Rocks National Reserve. NPS photo.

City of Rocks National Preserve in south-central Idaho is more than just a geologic wonder, a touchstone of our pioneer past, and a magnet for climbers. It’s also a model for interagency cooperation.

Though it gets little publicity, City of Rocks is certainly one of our more interesting and unique parks. Its unusual geologic formations alone make it a fascinating place. Some of its ancient (up to 2.5 billion years old) granite pinnacles and monoliths tower 60 feet high. This wondrous array of rock formations lends a dramatic and even ghostly atmosphere to the landscape. Small wonder that this place amazed our pioneer forebears headed west on the California Trail. Today the smooth granite monoliths also appeal to climbers. During a climbing season that extends from April into October, more than 500 established routes attract climbers from all over America and the world.

http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2008/11/city-rocks-national-reserve-model-interagency-cooperation

http://www.nps.gov/ciro/index.htm

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“Travel is broadening. It’s time to hit the road again.”  – Carl Sagan

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City of Rocks Sunrise

http://www.westernperspective.com/?cat=276

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“Once upon a time, we soared into the Solar System. For a few years. Then we hurried back. Why? What happened? What was ‘Apollo’ really about?”  – Carl Sagan

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City of Rocks path

http://www.nps.gov/ciro/planyourvisit/things2do.htm

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“…I try to incorporate life’s lessons from everyone around me and pay it forward anytime I can. I look at every person I meet as a new and thrilling experience with which I’m gifted. Every new city or country or continent that I visit is a beautiful exploration from which I can learn. Every new client or project represents the possibility of meeting new people and having new adventures.”  – Andrea Michaels

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