Clarity.

September 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language.”  – Aldo Leopold, “A Sand County Almanac”

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Rio_Grande_National_Forest

http://middleager.com/?m=201010

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“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”  – Edward Abbey

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Morning in the Rio Grande National Forest.

http://www.widerange.org/photo/summit-pass-sunrise-2/

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“To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part.”  – Aldo Leopold

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conejos river platoro co

http://karlfmoffatt.blogspot.com/2010/06/forest-service-cabin-rentals-provide.html

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“The good life of any river may depend on the perception of its music; and the preservation of some music to perceive.” – Aldo Leopold

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Rio Grande River Headwaters

http://cubgovpubs.blogspot.com/2011/11/appeals-court-upholds-roadless-areas.html

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“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.”  – Edward Abbey

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Rio Grande NF Fall

http://www.scenicusa.net/082611.html

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“Conservation is getting nowhere because it is incompatible with our Abrahamic concept of land. We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”  – Aldo Leopold

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Rio Grand NF Autumn

http://wilderness.org/article/conserving-roadless-areas

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“Benedicto: May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you — beyond that next turning of the canyon walls.”  – Edward Abbey

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Rio Grande National Forest Night Sky

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2012/entries/146590/view/

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“High technology has done us one great service: It has retaught us the delight of performing simple and primordial tasks – chopping wood, building a fire, drawing water from a spring”  – Edward Abbey

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West of Trinidad CO

http://vurboffroad.com/blogs/hot-spot-south-fork-colorado/674/

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“There is a midsummer. There is a midwinter.  But there no mid-spring or mid-autumn.  These are seasons of constant change.  Like dawn and dusk they are periods of transition……they merge slowly, gradually.” – Edwin Way Teale, “Autumn Across America”

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