Spiral.

December 31, 2012 § 2 Comments

“By writing quotes…
I mark a trail
of my soul’s journey in this realm.” – Toba Beta

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Walker Lake, Nevada

Walker Lake, Nevada

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“The creative act is a letting down of the net of human imagination into the ocean of chaos on which we are suspended, and the attempt to bring out of it ideas.

It is the night sea journey, the lone fisherman on a tropical sea with his nets, and you let these nets down – sometimes, something tears through them that leaves them in shreds and you just row for shore, and put your head under your bed and pray.

At other times what slips through are the minutiae, the minnows of this ichthyological metaphor of idea chasing.
But, sometimes, you can actually bring home something that is food, food for the human community that we can sustain ourselves on and go forward.” – Terrence McKenna

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Walker Lake, Nevada

Walker Lake, Nevada

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“Your journey has molded you for your greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think you’ve lost time. There is no short-cutting to life. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time.” – Asha Tyson

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Walker Lake

Walker Lake

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“It’s not so much the journey that’s important; as is the way that we treat those we encounter and those around us, along the way” – Jeremy Aldana

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Walker Lake

Walker Lake

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“End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

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Winter evening

December 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Bridger Moon Photography Cards

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Vintage Art Deco CZECH Silver Blue Glass & Marcasite Bar Pin Brooch EX 1920's-30s

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Winter twilight

Winter twilight

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Vintage Sarah Coventry Brooch Blue Lagoon by DeLizza and Elster

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Snowfall-Print

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Art deco blue frosted glass hand painted beaded necklace

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Winter Snow Field Twilight Original Oil Painting Landscape Sunset Sky Barn Country

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Peak.

December 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

“The greatest gift of life on the mountain is time. Time to think or not think, read or not read, scribble or not scribble — to sleep and cook and walk in the woods, to sit and stare at the shapes of the hills. I produce nothing but words; I consumer nothing but food, a little propane, a little firewood. By being utterly useless in the calculations of the culture at large I become useful, at last, to myself.” – Philip Connors

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Wind River Mountains

Wind River Mountains

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“Mountains seem to answer an increasing imaginative need in the West. More and more people are discovering a desire for them, and a powerful solace in them. At bottom, mountains, like all wildernesses, challenge our complacent conviction – so easy to lapse into – that the world has been made for humans by humans. Most of us exist for most of the time in worlds which are humanly arranged, themed and controlled. One forgets that there are environments which do not respond to the flick of a switch or the twist of a dial, and which have their own rhythms and orders of existence. Mountains correct this amnesia. By speaking of greater forces than we can possibly invoke, and by confronting us with greater spans of time than we can possibly envisage, mountains refute our excessive trust in the man-made. They pose profound questions about our durability and the importance of our schemes. They induce, I suppose, a modesty in us.” – Robert Macfarlane

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Titcomb Basin Cliffs, Wind River Range

Titcomb Basin Cliffs, Wind River Range

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“Long, blue, spiky-edged shadows crept out across the snow-fields, while a rosy glow, at first scarce discernible, gradually deepened and suffused every mountain-top, flushing the glaciers and the harsh crags above them. This was the alpenglow, to me the most impressive of all the terrestrial manifestations of God. At the touch of this divine light, the mountains seemed to kindle to a rapt, religious consciousness, and stood hushed like devout worshippers waiting to be blessed.” – John Muir

 

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Wind River Mountains near Mt. Washakie

Wind River Mountains near Mt. Washakie

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“I’m a person of the mountains and the open paddocks and the big empty sky, that’s me, and I knew if I spent too long away from all that I’d die; I don’t know what of, I just knew I’d die.” – John Marsden

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Jim Bridger Wilderness, Wind River Mountain Range

Jim Bridger Wilderness, Wind River Mountain Range

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“Mountains are not Stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.”  – Anatoli Boukreev

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Ground.

December 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

“It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility. ” – Rachel Carson

 

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 Dixie National Forest

Dixie National Forest

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“Humility means accepting reality with no attempt to outsmart it.” – David Richo

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 Dixie National Forest Red Canyon

Dixie National Forest Red Canyon

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“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” – C.S. Lewis

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“To have humility is to experience reality, not in relation to ourselves, but in its sacred independence. It is to see, judge, and act from the point of rest in ourselves. Then, how much disappears, and all that remains falls into place.

In the point of rest at the center of our being, we encounter a world where all things are at rest in the same way. Then a tree becomes a mystery, a cloud a revelation, each man a cosmos of whose riches we can only catch glimpses. The life of simplicity is simple, but it opens to us a book in which we never get beyond the first syllable.” – Dag Hammarskjold

 

 

Enough.

December 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

“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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Bright Angel Trail

Bright Angel Trail

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – H. Jackson Brown

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Bright Angel Trail night

Bright Angel Trail night

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“The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Icy Bright Angel Trail

Icy Bright Angel Trail

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“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!” – Mae West

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Refuge.

December 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” – Gary Snyder

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“I had come to a place where I was meant to be. I don’t mean anything so prosaic as a sense of coming home. This was different, very different. It was like arriving at a place much safer than home.” – Pat Conroy

 

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Moab snow

Moab snow

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“In life, a person will come and go from many homes. We may leave a house, a town, a room, but that does not mean those places leave us. Once entered, we never entirely depart the homes we make for ourselves in the world. They follow us, like shadows, until we come upon them again, waiting for us in the mist.” – Ari Berk

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Colorado River near Moab

Colorado River near Moab

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“What is home? My favorite definition is “a safe place,” a place where one is free from attack, a place where one experiences secure relationships and affirmation. It’s a place where people share and understand each other. Its relationships are nurturing. The people in it do not need to be perfect; instead, they need to be honest, loving, supportive, recognizing a common humanity that makes all of us vulnerable.” – Gladys Hunt

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near Navajo Arch canyon

near Navajo Arch canyon

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“Happiness doesn’t lie in conspicuous consumption and the relentless amassing of useless crap. Happiness lies in the person sitting beside you and your ability to talk to them. Happiness is clear-headed human interaction and empathy. Happiness is home. And home is not a house-home is a mythological conceit. It is a state of mind. A place of communion and unconditional love. It is where, when you cross its threshold, you finally feel at peace.” – Dennis Lehane

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January at Arches

January at Arches

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“Home wasn’t a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.” – Sarah Dessen

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January at Arches

January at Arches

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“After all,” Anne had said to Marilla once, “I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.” – L.M. Montgomery

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Castle valley

Castle valley

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“I live in my own little world. But its ok, they know me here.” – Lauren Myracle

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Snow in Arches

Snow in Arches

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“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” – Edith Sitwell

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Beauty.

December 24, 2012 § 2 Comments

“Don’t you know how sweet and wonderful life can be?” – Marvin Gaye

 

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Winter Snow Grand Canyon

Winter Snow Grand Canyon

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“I’ve always felt almost human. I’ve always known that there’s something about me that’s different than other dogs. Sure, I’m stuffed into a dog’s body, but that’s just the shell. It’s what’s inside that’s important. The soul. And my soul is very human.” – Garth Stein, “The Art of Racing in the Rain”

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North Rim Grand Canyon

North Rim Grand Canyon

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“Look at me, chica.” When she does, I repeat, “Eres hermosa.”
“What does it mean?”
“You’re beautiful.” – Simone Elkeles

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Grand Canyon snow

Grand Canyon snow

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“To the people who love you, you are beautiful already. This is not because they’re blind to your shortcomings but because they so clearly see your soul. Your shortcomings then dim by comparison. The people who care about you are willing to let you be imperfect and beautiful, too. – Victoria Moran

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Grand Canyon path snow

Grand Canyon path snow

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“You’re beautful. Yes you are, you’re very very beautiful. Extremely beautiful.” – Orson Welles

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Aerial photo of Grand Canyon in Snow & Fog

Aerial photo of Grand Canyon in Snow & Fog

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“ And no matter where you are right now, you can come on out and stand in the middle of it as the sun is going down, and you can know that right in the spot where you are standing, there used to be someone else, that at some other point in time, someone stood where you are standing, thinking their own thoughts. And someday in the future someone will stand there and wonder about you, wonder if there was ever anybody else.

Keep in mind that you are making memories.

Consider that something you take for granted today may be the one thing you might pine for someday, and there might not be any more of it left, but you’ll remember its sweetness. Remember the curve of the sun in your bedroom window late in the day, the way your little brother’s hair smelled after his bath, and the sound of your mother and father talking in the kitchen.

Make sure you notice if the trees meet in an arch over your street, or if there’s a certain sound that you hear at a particular time every day. Take note of those people who are so familiar to you, and consider memorizing them for a time when they are gone.
And know that if anyone ever says to you, “What will you always remember about this place?” you will know just exactly which story it is that you would tell them.” – Pam Conrad

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Grand Canyon snow

Grand Canyon snow

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“I’ve always found that the most beautiful people, truly beautiful inside and out, are the ones who are quietly unaware of their effect.” His eyes searched mine intently, and for a moment we stood there toe to toe. “The ones who throw their beauty around, waste what they have? Their beauty is only passing. It’s just a shell hiding nothing but shadows and emptiness.” – Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Grand Canyon early morning snow

Grand Canyon early morning snow

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“You know those little moments when an unexpected act or a spoken word affects your heart with sweet, satiating intensity – a simple gesture that possesses deep, personal meaning beyond what anyone realizes?  You know those tender moments?  That’s God pressing his lips on your forehead and whispering, ‘I love you’.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

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