Autumn.

October 1, 2017 § Leave a comment

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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Coconino National Forest

https://www.visitphoenix.com/blog/post/scenic-fall-drives-near-phoenix/

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“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ― Albert Camus

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Long Canyon

Long Canyon

http://www.sedonamonthly.com/category/hike-of-the-month/

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“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” – Lauren DeStafano

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Oak Creek Canyon

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/northern-arizona-geology/

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“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”
Nora Ephron

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Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon

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“Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.” ― Mary Elizabeth Frye

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West Fork Oak Creek Canyon, Coconino NF

West Fork Oak Creek Canyon, Coconino NF

http://www.hikemasters.com/2011/11/west-fork-oak-creek-canyon-coconino-nf.html

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“Someday, I would like to go home. The exact location of this place, I don’t know, but someday I would like to go. There would be a pleasing feeling of familiarity and a sense of welcome in everything I saw. People would greet me warmly. They would remind me of the length of my absence and the thousands of miles I had travelled in those restless years, but mostly, they would tell me that I had been missed, and that things were better now I had returned. Autumn would come to this place of welcome, this place I would know to be home. Autumn would come and the air would grow cool, dry and magic, as it does that time of the year. At night, I would walk the streets but not feel lonely, for these are the streets of my home town. These are the streets that I had thought about while far away, and now I was back, and all was as it should be. The trees and the falling leaves would welcome me. I would look up at the moon, and remember seeing it in countries all over the world as I had restlessly journeyed for decades, never remembering it looking the same as when viewed from my hometown.” ― Henry Rollins

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lighten.

September 29, 2017 § 1 Comment

“A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” ― Madeleine L’Engle

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lake mead

http://tucson.com/business/tucson/to-save-water-some-arizona-farms-temporarily-cut-production/article_71ae6921-6076-5fb2-af65-00b679f824b4.html

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“The thing is to be happy,’ he said. ‘No matter what. Just try that. You can. It gets to be easier and easier. It’s nothing to do with circumstances. You wouldn’t believe how good it is. Accept everything and then tragedy disappears. Or tragedy lightens, anyway, you’re just there, going along easy in the world.” – Alice Munro

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https://westernresourceadvocates.org/blog/arizona-water-policy-john-fleck/

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“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.” ― Maya Angelou

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lake powell

http://www.waterawarenessmonth.com/

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“One smile has the power to…
Calm fears.
Soften stone walls.
Warm a cold heart.
Invite a new friend.
Mimic a loving hug.
Beautify the bearer.
Lighten heavy loads.
Promote good deeds.
Brighten a gloomy day.
Comfort a grieving spirit.
Offer hope to the forlorn.
Send a message of caring.
Lift the downtrodden soul.
Patch up invisible wounds.
Weaken the hold of misery.
Act as medicine for suffering.
Attract the companionship of angels.
Fulfill the human need for recognition.
Who knew changing the world would prove so simple?” – Richelle E. Goodrich

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http://www.waterawarenessmonth.com/

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unconditional.

September 25, 2017 § Leave a comment

“I decided, very early on, just to accept life unconditionally; I never expected it to do anything special for me, yet I seemed to accomplish far more than I had ever hoped. Most of the time it just happened to me without my ever seeking it.” – Audrey Hepburn

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Padre Butte in Lake Powel

Padre Butte in Lake Powell

https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/local-nevada/lake-mead-to-get-above-average-flow-of-colorado-river-water/

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“Dogs are minor angels, and I don’t mean that facetiously. They love unconditionally, forgive immediately, are the truest of friends, willing to do anything that makes us happy, etcetera. If we attributed some of those qualities to a person we would say they are special. If they had ALL of them, we would call them angelic. But because it’s “only” a dog, we dismiss them as sweet or funny but little more. However when you think about it, what are the things that we most like in another human being? Many times those qualities are seen in our dogs every single day– we’re just so used to them that we pay no attention.” ― Jonathan Carroll

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Nevada water intake tower at Hoover Dam

Nevada water intake tower at Hoover Dam

https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/local-nevada/conservation-group-lists-lower-colorado-as-americas-most-endangered-river/

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“There is within each one of us a potential for goodness beyond our imagining; for giving which seeks no reward; for listening without judgment; for loving unconditionally.”
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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betray.

September 21, 2017 § Leave a comment

“It was a mistake,” you said. But the cruel thing was, it felt like the mistake was mine, for trusting you.” – David Levitan

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Rio_after_chama_feed_in-1024x683-1024x585

http://www.newmexiconewsport.com/why-does-albuquerques-water-taste-funny-2/

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“If someone betrays you once, it’s their fault; if they betray you twice, it’s your fault.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

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rio grande gorge

rio grande gorge

http://www.bigriverrafts.com/

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“I think in the end, you would have stayed with me, out of obligation…or maybe comfort. Maybe I was safe to you, and you needed to feel that. I know how scared you get of the unknown. To you…I must be kind of a security blanket. Do you see now, how that doesn’t work for me? I don’t want to be there, simply because the idea of me being gone is too…scary. I want to be someone’s everything. I want fire and passion, and love that’s returned, equally. I want to be someone’s heart… Even if it means breaking my own.” – S.C. Stephens

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Mora river

Mora river

https://voices.nationalgeographic.org/2013/05/02/as-oil-and-gas-drilling-competes-for-water-one-new-mexico-county-says-no/

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“No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good dog. Few human beings give of themselves to another as a dog gives of itself. I also suspect that we cherish dogs because their unblemished souls make us wish – consciously or unconsciously – that we were as innocent as they are, and make us yearn for a place where innocence is universal and where the meanness, the betrayals, and the cruelties of this world are unknown.”
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog

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Rio Grande

http://energy.sandia.gov/sandia-the-atlantic-council-and-nm-water-resource-research-institute-sponsor-roundtable-on-western-water-scarcity/

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“Nature never did betray
The heart that loved her.”
William Wordsworth

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geography.

September 19, 2017 § Leave a comment

“First, he says, you have to go out into the world. This is not a simple matter of going outside one’s door. No, that is simply going out. That’s what one does when one is on the way to the store to buy a loaf of bread, some cheese, and a bottle of wine. When one goes out into the world, one is shedding preconceptions of past paths and ideas of past paths, and trying to move freely through an unsubstantiated and new geography.” – Jesse Ball

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http://www.visitmammoth.com/blogs/locals-guide-fall-weekend-mammoth-lakes

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“The decline of geography in academia is easy to understand: we live in an age of ever-increasing specialization, and geography is a generalist’s discipline. Imagine the poor geographer trying to explain to someone at a campus cocktail party (or even to an unsympathetic adminitrator) exactly what it is he or she studies.
“Geography is Greek for ‘writing about the earth.’ We study the Earth.”
“Right, like geologists.”
“Well, yes, but we’re interested in the whole world, not just the rocky bits. Geographers also study oceans, lakes, the water cycle…”
“So, it’s like oceanography or hydrology.”
“And the atmosphere.”
“Meteorology, climatology…”
“It’s broader than just physical geography. We’re also interested in how humans relate to their planet.”
“How is that different from ecology or environmental science?”
“Well, it encompasses them. Aspects of them. But we also study the social and economic and cultural and geopolitical sides of–”
“Sociology, economics, cultural studies, poli sci.”
“Some geographers specialize in different world regions.”
“Ah, right, we have Asian and African and Latin American studies programs here. But I didn’t know they were part of the geography department.”
“They’re not.”
(Long pause.)
“So, uh, what is it that do study then?” – Ken Jennings

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mammouth fall

https://www.mammothmountain.com/mammoth-news/page/5

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“There are stories, like maps that agree… too consistent among too many languages and histories to be only wishful thinking…. It is always a hidden place, the way into it is not obvious, the geography is as much spiritual as physical. If you should happen upon it, your strongest certainty is not that you have discovered it but returned to it. In a single great episode of light, you remember everything.” – Thomas Pynchon

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Bass Lake

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

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“If there is such a thing as being conditioned by climate and geography, and I think there is, it is the West that has conditioned me. It has the forms and lights and colors that I respond to in nature and in art. If there is a western speech, I speak it; if there is a western character or personality, I am some variant of it; if there is a western culture in the small-c , anthropological sense, I have not escaped it. It has to have shaped me. I may even have contributed to it in minor ways, for culture is a pyramid to which each of us brings a stone.” – Wallace Stegner

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Star Lakes, Sierra National Forest

Star Lakes, Sierra National Forest

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/109327691

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“What a lost person needs is a map of the territory, with his own position marked on it so he can see where he is in relation to everything else. Literature is not only a mirror; it is also a map, a geography of the mind. Our literature is one such map, if we can learn to read it as our literature, as the product of who and where we have been. We need such a map desperately, we need to know about here, because here is where we live. For the members of a country or a culture, shared knowledge of their place, their here, is not a luxury but a necessity. Without that knowledge we will not survive.” – Margaret Atwood

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Sierra National Forest

Sierra NF

https://virtualrealityreporter.com/experience-sierra-nevada-national-forest-in-4k-360-video/

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“Georgia O’Keeffe moved to rural New Mexico, from which she would sign her letters to the people she loved, “from the faraway nearby.” It was a way to measure physical and psychic geography together. Emotion has its geography, affection is what is nearby, within the boundaries of the self. You can be a thousand miles from the person next to you in bed or deeply invested in the survival of a stranger on the other side of the world.” – Rebecca Solnit

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Sierra NF

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

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“Of all the things I wondered about on this land, I wondered the hardest about the seduction of certain geographies that feel like home — not by story or blood but merely by their forms and colors. How our perceptions are our only internal map of the world, how there are places that claim you and places that warn you away. How you can fall in love with the light.” ― Ellen Meloy, The Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky

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landscape.

September 15, 2017 § Leave a comment

“I feel that the essence of dance is the expression of man–the landscape of his soul. I hope that every dance I do reveals something of myself or some wonderful thing a human can be.” – Martha Graham

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Coyote Gulch

Coyote Gulch

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“There is an internal landscape, a geography of the soul; we search for its outlines all our lives. Those who are lucky enough to find it ease like water over a stone, onto its fluid contours, and are home. Some find it in the place of their birth; others may leave a seaside town, parched, and find themselves refreshed in the desert. There are those born in rolling countryside who are really only at ease in the intense and busy loneliness of the city. For some, the search is for the imprint of another; a child or a mother, a grandfather or a brother, a lover, a husband, a wife, or a foe. We may go through our lives happy or unhappy, successful or unfulfilled, loved or unloved, without ever standing cold with the shock of recognition, without ever feeling the agony as the twisted iron in our soul unlocks itself and we slip at last into place.” ― Josephine Hart

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Gunlock Waterfalls

Gunlock Waterfalls

http://www.kayentautah.com/2011/07/top-10-things-to-do-in-st-george-utah-4/

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“Whoever you are, bear in mind that appearance is not reality. Some people act like extroverts, but the effort costs them energy, authenticity, and even physical health. Others seem aloof or self-contained, but their inner landscapes are rich and full of drama. So the next time you see a person with a composed face and a soft voice, remember that inside her mind she might be solving an equation, composing a sonnet, designing a hat. She might, that is, be deploying the powers of quiet.” – Susan Cain

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Upper Provo Falls, Mirror Lake Highway

Upper Provo Falls, Mirror Lake Highway

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/utah/waterfalls-in-ut/

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“We who make stories know that we tell lies for a living. But they are good lies that say true things, and we owe it to our readers to build them as best we can. Because somewhere out there is someone who needs that story. Someone who will grow up with a different landscape, who without that story will be a different person. And who with that story may have hope, or wisdom, or kindness, or comfort. And that is why we write.” – Neil Gaiman

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North Creek Waterfall, Zion National Park

North Creek Waterfall, Zion National Park

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/utah/waterfalls-in-ut/

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“I fell in love with books. Some people find beauty in music, some in painting, some in landscape, but I find it in words. By beauty, I mean the feeling you have suddenly glimpsed another world, or looked into a portal that reveals a kind of magic or romance out of which the world has been constructed, a feeling there is something more than the mundane, and a reason for our plodding.” – Donald Miller

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Lower Falls, Aspen Grove Trail, Timpanogos

Lower Falls, Aspen Grove Trail, Timpanogos

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/utah/waterfalls-in-ut/

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“When you’re writing a book, it’s rather like going on a very long walk, across valleys and mountains and things, and you get the first view of what you see and you write it down. Then you walk a bit further, maybe up onto the top of a hill, and you see something else. Then you write that and you go on like that, day after day, getting different views of the same landscape really. The highest mountain on the walk is obviously the end of the book, because it’s got to be the best view of all, when everything comes together and you can look back and see that everything you’ve done all ties up. But it’s a very, very long, slow process.” – Roald Dahl

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Lower Calf Creek, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Lower Calf Creek, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/utah/waterfalls-in-ut/

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“I do an awful lot of thinking and dreaming about things in the past and the future – the timelessness of the rocks and the hills – all the people who have existed there. I prefer winter and fall, when you can feel the bone structure in the landscape—the loneliness of it—the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it—the whole story doesn’t show.” ― Andrew Wyeth

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Little Dolores River Waterfall, Moab

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/utah/waterfalls-in-ut/

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“People need wild places. Whether or not we think we do, we do. We need to be able to taste grace and know again that we desire it. We need to experience a landscape that is timeless, whose agenda moves at the pace of speciation and glaciers. To be surrounded by a singing, mating, howling commotion of other species, all of which love their lives as much as we do ours, and none of which could possibly care less about us in our place. It reminds us that our plans are small and somewhat absurd. It reminds us why, in those cases in which our plans might influence many future generations, we ought to choose carefully. Looking out on a clean plank of planet earth, we can get shaken right down to the bone by the bronze-eyed possibility of lives that are not our own.”
Barbara Kingsolver

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Archangel Falls, Zion National Park

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/utah/waterfalls-in-ut/

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“It is a pity indeed to travel and not get this essential sense of landscape values. You do not need a sixth sense for it. It is there if you just close your eyes and breathe softly through your nose; you will hear the whispered message, for all landscapes ask the same question in the same whisper. ‘I am watching you — are you watching yourself in me?’ Most travelers hurry too much…the great thing is to try and travel with the eyes of the spirit wide open, and not to much factual information. To tune in, without reverence, idly — but with real inward attention. It is to be had for the feeling…you can extract the essence of a place once you know how. If you just get as still as a needle, you’ll be there.” – Lawrence Durrell

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Bell Canyon Waterfall

Bell Canyon Waterfall

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/utah/waterfalls-in-ut/

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“Eternal tourists of ourselves, there is no landscape but what we are.” – Fernando Pessoa

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iconography.

September 14, 2017 § Leave a comment

“I dream of flight, not to be as the angels are, but to rise above the smallness of it all. The smallnesss that I am. Against the daily death the iconography of wings.” ― Jeanette Winterson

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zion narrows

Zion The Narrows

https://utah.com/hiking/zion-national-park/the-narrows

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“Iconography, good iconography, strives to convey invisible reality in a visible form.”
Peter Pearson

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http://ognature.com/utah-blue-powell-reddish-lake-castles-canyon-rocks-water-cliff-stone-reservoir-sunset-arizona-beautiful-wallpaper-desktop/lake-castles-reservoir-arizona-cliff-rocks-powell-water-blue-utah-sunset-beautiful-canyon-reddish-stone-wallpaper-mountain-and/

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“When deeply religious subjects view sacred iconography or reflect on their notion of God, brain scans reveal hyperactivity in the caudate nucleus, a part of the pleasure system that correlates with feelings of joy, love, and serenity. But Lindstrom and Calvert found that this same brain region lights up when subjects view images associated with strong brands like Ferrari or Apple.” ― Steven Kotler, Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work

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utah water 3

http://utahwaterlaw.com/change-applications/change-applications-existing-water-rights/

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“In reality, genuine epiphanies are extremely rare. In contemporary adult life maturation & acquiescence to reality are gradual processes. Modern usage usually deploys epiphany as a metaphor. It is usually only in dramatic representations, religious iconography, and the ‘magical thinking’ of children that insight is compressed to a sudden blinding flash.” ― David Foster Wallace

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