Pattern.

January 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

“There are patterns which emerge in one’s life, circling and returning anew, an endless variation of a theme” – Jacqueline Carey

 

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Purcell Mountains spires

Purcell Mountains spires

The Purcell Mountains, one of the interior ranges of BC, are located between the Rocky Mountain Trench to the east, Kootenay Lake to the west, the Trans-Canada Highway to the north and extend beyond the US-Canadian border to the south. The Purcells are generally 300 to 600 m lower than the Rockies, but contain more than 50 peaks between 3353 and 3408 m. Its mountains are composed mainly of sedimentary rocks, including argillites, sandstones and limestones. Of great interest to mountain climbers are the numerous granitic intrusions, such as the Bugaboos, the Leaning Towers and the St Mary Batholith. The Purcells expose the oldest rock to be found on the North American continent, except those in the Grand Canyon. The highest peak in the range is Mount Farnham at 3457 m. The Purcell Wilderness Conservancy covers many of the headwaters of the rivers draining the central Purcells.

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/articles/purcell-mountains

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Macbeth Ice Fields in the Purcell Mountains

Macbeth Ice Fields in the Purcell Mountains

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/sep/27/purcell-hiking-trifecta/?photos

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“To live on a day-to-day basis is insufficient for human beings; we need to transcend, transport, escape; we need meaning, understanding, and explanation; we need to see over-all patterns in our lives. We need hope, the sense of a future. And we need freedom (or, at least, the illusion of freedom) to get beyond ourselves, whether with telescopes and microscopes and our ever-burgeoning technology, or in states of mind that allow us to travel to other worlds, to rise above our immediate surroundings.

We may seek, too, a relaxing of inhibitions that makes it easier to bond with each other, or transports that make our consciousness of time and mortality easier to bear. We seek a holiday from our inner and outer restrictions, a more intense sense of the here and now, the beauty and value of the world we live in.” – Oliver Sacks

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Bugaboo-east-face

Bugaboo-east-face

http://veloweb.ca/2012/09/19/south-ridge-kain-route-on-bugaboo-spire-1980/

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“Of course genes can’t pull the levers of our behavior directly. But they affect the wiring and workings of the brain, and the brain is the seat of our drives, temperaments and patterns of thought. Each of us is dealt a unique hand of tastes and aptitudes, like curiosity, ambition, empathy, a thirst for novelty or for security, a comfort level with the social or the mechanical or the abstract. Some opportunities we come across click with our constitutions and set us along a path in life.” – Steven Pinker

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Jumbo Pass, Purcell Mountains

Jumbo Pass, Purcell Mountains

http://phototide.com/photos/1922/daybreak-on-jumbo

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“There are patterns in everything, in the whole of Nature, from the way the stars turn in the heavens to the whorl of a shell or the petals of a flower and the way leaves arrange themselves about a twig. There are forces, hidden forces. If I can discover what they are, how they operate, I will have my hands upon the levers of creation and can work them myself.” – Celia Rees

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Bugaboo region of the Purcell Mountains

Bugaboo region of the Purcell Mountains

http://mountainartist.com/workshops/schedule/heli-painting-in-the-bugaboos/

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“There are two types of people in this world, those that have a story about what they should have done with their life, and those that act on their dreams to make them come true. Which category do you want to fall into?” – Heath Bouffard

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Purcell Mountains, seen here across Kootenay Lake

Purcell Mountains, seen here across Kootenay Lake

http://thebuelement.blogspot.com/2009_11_01_archive.html

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“There can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which… is within the souls of men.” – Black Elk

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alpine slope in the Purcell Mountains

alpine slope in the Purcell Mountains

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/mar/08/backcountry-base/?photos

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“Break the glass, please, and free us from all these damned rules, from needing to find an explanation for everything, from doing only what others approve of.” – Paul Coelho

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