lightning.

May 28, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.” – Mark Twain

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Stanislaus River

http://www.mercedcountyevents.com/parks-zoos-museums-2/stanislaus-national-forest

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“Colpo di fulmine. The thunderbolt, as Italians call it. When love strikes someone like lightning, so powerful and intense it can’t be denied. It’s beautiful and messy, cracking a chest open and spilling their soul out for the world to see. It turns a person inside out, and there’s no going back from it. Once the thunderbolt hits, your life is irrevocably changed.” – JM Darhower

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Stanislaus National Forest

https://www.allyosemite.com/nature/stanislaus_national_forest.php

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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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Stanislaus National Forest

Stanislaus National Forest

http://www.thearmchairexplorer.com/california/stanislaus-national-forest

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“Electricity is really just organized lightning” ― George Carlin

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Cherry Lake

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“What would you not have accomplished if you had been free?”

“Possibly nothing at all; the overflow of my brain would probably, in a state of freedom, have evaporated in a thousand follies; misfortune is needed to bring to light the treasures of the human intellect. Compression is needed to explode gunpowder. Captivity has brought my mental faculties to a focus; and you are well aware that from the collision of clouds electricity is produced — from electricity, lightning, from lightning, illumination.” ― Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

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eccentricity.

May 24, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Maybe it’s just in America, but it seems that if you’re passionate about something, it freaks people out. You’re considered bizarre or eccentric. To me, it just means you know who you are.” – Tim Burton

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http://www.colorado.com/articles/hidden-colorado-gem-hovenweep-national-monument

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“Does character develop over time? In novels, of course it does: otherwise there wouldn’t be much of a story. But in life? I sometimes wonder. Our attitudes and opinions change, we develop new habits and eccentricities; but that’s something different, more like decoration. Perhaps character resembles intelligence, except that character peaks a little later: between twenty and thirty, say. And after that, we’re just stuck with what we’ve got. We’re on our own. If so, that would explain a lot of lives, wouldn’t it? And also – if this isn’t too grand a word – our tragedy.” – Julian Barnes

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wind.

May 21, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.” – Winston Churchill

 

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Messix Peak

Messix Peak

http://www.summitpost.org/messix-peak/527626

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“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you’re going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.” – C. Joybell C.

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glacial.

May 17, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Alexander Rostov was neither scientist nor sage; but at the age of sixty-four he was wise enough to know that life does not proceed by leaps and bounds. It unfolds. At any given moment, it is the manifestation of a thousand transitions. Our faculties wax and wane, our experiences accumulate and our opinions evolve–if not glacially, then at least gradually. Such that the events of an average day are as likely to transform who we are as a pinch of pepper is to transform a stew.” – Amor Towless

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Worthington Glacier

http://www.alaska.org/advice/best-roadside-glaciers

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“Once, when I was describing to a friend from Syracuse, New York, a place on the plains that I love, a ridge above a glacial moraine with a view of almost fifty miles, she asked, “But what is there to see?” The answer, of course, is nothing. Land, sky, and the ever-changing light.” ― Kathleen Norris, Dakota: A Spiritual Geography

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Lamplugh Glacier

Lamplugh Glacier

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“The tranquillity of the water heightened the superb effects of this glacial world. Majestic tabular bergs whose crevices exhaled a vaporous azure; lofty spires, radiant turrets and splendid castles; honeycombed masses illumined by pale green light within whose fairy labyrinths the water washed and gurgled. Seals and penguins on magic gondolas were the silent denizens of this dreamy Venice. In the soft glamour of the midsummer midnight sun, we were possessed by a rapturous wonder—the rare thrill of unreality.”
Douglas Mawson, The Home of the Blizzard Being the Story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914

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Portage Glacier

Portage Glacier

http://www.climatecentral.org/news/alaska-glaciers-sea-level-rise-19159

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“Time was like water, sometimes glacial and slow (the 1720s…never again), sometimes a still pond, sometimes a gentle brook, and then a rushing river. And sometimes time was like vapor, vanishing even as you passed through it, draping everything in mist, refracting the light. That had been the 1920s.” – Cassandra Claire

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twilight.

May 11, 2017 § Leave a comment

“You have traveled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come to take you back.

Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.

Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.

Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.

Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.”  – John O’Donohue

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Coyote Gulch

http://blog.utahscouts.org/venturing/coyote-gulch-adventure-remember/

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“One of the deepest longings of the human soul is to be seen.” – John O’Donohue

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Green River Moab

Green River

https://www.allmoab.com/lakes_rivers_falls/

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“When you look at some faces, you can see the turbulence of the infinite beginning to gather to the surface. This moment can open in a gaze from a stranger, or in a conversation with someone you know well. Suddenly, without their intending it or being conscious of it, their gaze lasts for only a second. In that slightest interim, something more than the person looks out.” – John O’Donohue

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East Fork Sevier River

East Fork Sevier River

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/104889816

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“Beauty is not to be captured or controlled for there is something intrinsically elusive in its nature. More like a visitation than a solid fact, beauty invests the aura of a person or infuses a landscape with an unexpected intimacy that satisfies our longing. True beauty cannot be invented or manufactured.” – John O’Donohue

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Sevier River

https://www.allbryce.com/lakes_rivers_falls/sevier_river.php

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“More often than not it is the inner beauty of heart and mind that illuminates the face. A smile can completely transform a face. Ultimately, it is the soul that makes the face beautiful. Each face is its own landscape and is quietly vibrant with the invisible textures of memory, story, dream, need, want and gift that make up the beauty of the individual life.” – John O’Donohue

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stillness.

May 10, 2017 § Leave a comment

“We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Silence is holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking. – Nicholas Sparks

 

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Saguaro National Park

https://www.arizonahighways.com/explore/scenic_drives

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“Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author’s words reverberating in your head.” – Paul Auster

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Devils kitchen sinkhole near Sedona

Devils kitchen sinkhole near Sedona

http://www.azaeg.org/aeg2014/field-trips/

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“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” – Anne Lamott

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Chiricahua National Monument geology

Chiricahua National Monument

https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nation-and-world/leaders-pursue-national-park-status-for-chiricahua-monument-in-southern-arizona/

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“From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. There was poetry for quiet companionship. There was adventure when she tired of quiet hours. There would be love stories when she came into adolescence and when she wanted to feel a closeness to someone she could read a biography. On that day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day as long as she lived.”- Betty Smith

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safety.

May 10, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.” – James Baldwin

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Palmdale road cut

http://www.sanandreasfault.org/Visit.html

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“It must happen to us all…We pack up what we’ve learned so far and leave the familiar behind. No fun, that shearing separation, but somewhere within, we must dimly know that saying goodbye to safety brings the only security we’ll ever know.” – Richard Bach

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ribbon cherts from the ocean floor

http://geotripper.blogspot.com/2010/06/now-this-is-why-i-love-california.html

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“I have not always chosen the safest path. I’ve made my mistakes, plenty of them. I sometimes jump too soon and fail to appreciate the consequences. But I’ve learned something important along the way: I’ve learned to heed the call of my heart. I’ve learned that the safest path is not always the best path and I’ve learned that the voice of fear is not always to be trusted.” – Steve Goodier

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