Life.

May 10, 2018 § Leave a comment

“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” – George Eliot

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Trail between the campground and Phantom Ranch

Trail between the campground and Phantom Ranch

http://taketothehighway.com/2016/12/19/the-ranch-to-ribbon-falls

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“The thing about real life is that important events don’t announce themselves. Trumpets don’t blow….Usually something that is going to change your whole life is a memory before you can stop and be impressed by it.” – Edith Schaeffer

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luminous.

March 12, 2018 § Leave a comment

“There are some works so luminous…so powerful that they give us strength, and force us to new undertakings. A book can play this role.” ― Hervé Le Tellier

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Night Sky Colorado river GC

Night Sky Colorado river GC

https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/grand-adventure/

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“That luminous part of you that exists beyond personality–your soul, if you will–is as bright and shining as any that has ever been….Clear away everything that keeps you separate from this secret luminous place. Believe it exists, come to know it better, nurture it, share its fruits tirelessly.” – George Saunders

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GC night sky

GC night sky

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“Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semitransparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end.” ― Virginia Woolf

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Milky Way GC

Milky Way GC

https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/nature/night-skies.htm

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“High-luminosity stars are the rarest. In any given volume of space, they’re outnumbered by the low-luminosity stars a thousand to one. It’s the prodigious energy output of high-luminosity stars that enables you to see them across such large volumes of space.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson

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El Tovar

El Tovar

https://www.trover.com/d/VkcP-el-tovar-hotel-grand-canyon-village-arizona

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“Great works of art in all cultures succeed in capturing within the constraints of their form both the pathos of anguish and a vision of its resolution. Take, for example, the languorous sentences of Proust or the haiku of Basho, the late quartets and sonatas of Beethoven, the tragicomic brushwork of Sengai or the daunting canvases of Rothko, the luminous self-portraits of Rembrandt and Hakuin. Such works achieve their resolution not through consoling or romantic images whereby anguish is transcended. They accept anguish without being overwhelmed by it. They reveal anguish as that which gives beauty its dignity and depth.” ― Stephen Batchelor

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GC Milky Way

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“To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement. To condense the diffused light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence, is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by itself…Anybody can have ideas–the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph.” ― Mark Twain

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2018 Grand Canyon Star Party

2018 Grand Canyon Star Party

https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/grand-canyon-star-party.htm

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“From mirror to mirror — this is what I happen to dream of — the totality of things, the whole, the entire universe, divine wisdom could concentrate their luminous rays into a single mirror. Or perhaps the knowledge of everything is buried in the soul, and a system of mirrors that would multiply my image would then reveal to me the soul of the universe, which is hidden in mine.” ― Italo Calvino

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Grand Canyon

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“The beauty you have on the inside is ten times more luminous than the world could handle seeing on the outside. We’d all be blind in an instant” ― Catherine Gayle

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transform.

December 1, 2016 § Leave a comment

“Truly powerful people have great humility. They do not try to impress, they do not try to be influential. They simply are. People are magnetically drawn to them. They are most often very silent and focused, aware of their core selves. … They never persuade, nor do they use manipulation or aggressiveness to get their way. They listen. If there is anything they can offer to assist you, they offer it; if not, they are silent.” – Sanaya Roman

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california-condor

California Condor

http://www.summitpost.org/california-condor/619099

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“We’re in a freefall into future. We don’t know where we’re going. Things are changing so fast, and always when you’re going through a long tunnel, anxiety comes along. And all you have to do to transform your hell into a paradise is to turn your fall into a voluntary act. It’s a very interesting shift of perspective and that’s all it is… joyful participation in the sorrows and everything changes.” – Joseph Campbell

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tectonic.

November 20, 2016 § Leave a comment

“Having contact sheets for all sorts of episodes in your life seemed to me intriguing and desirable. So much of my own history is beclouded by time, but a few sharp rays, in the form of pictures, falling upon a given day would resuscitate whole contexts. And from this archipelago of moments, scenes, episodes, you could see the larger tectonic movements of your life forming and unforming. You would be reminded of who you are. Or at least of who you were.” – Thomas Beller

 

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vishnu schist in grand canyon

https://ncse.com/blog/2014/11/top-5-creationist-claims-grand-canyon-1-great-unconformity-0015994

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“But in truth, the world is constantly shifting: shape and size, location in space. It’s got edges and chasms, too many to count. They open up, close, reappear somewhere else. Geologists nay have mapped out the planet’s tectonic plates -hidden shelves of rock that grind, one against the other, forming mountains, creating continents – but thy can’t plot the fault lines that run through our heads, divide out hearts.
The map of the world is always changing; sometimes it happens overnight. All it takes is the blink of an eye, the squeeze of a trigger, a sudden gust of wind. Wake up and your life is perched on a precipice; fall asleep, it swallows you whole” – Anderson Cooper

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Owl Eyes Camp

https://believesteve.org/

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“This is the yin and yang of the earth, an energetic feedback. What happens below relates directly to what is happening on the surface and in the atmosphere and vice versa. Tectonics does not end at the ground beneath your feet. It is a dynamic system from the earth’s interior all the way into the sky and back.” – Craig Childs

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Great Unconformity

http://geotripper.blogspot.com/2012/05/if-you-have-to-be-stuck-somewhere-it.html

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“It is slow, gradual pressure that is the formula for both genius and earthquakes. Life tells us our secrets in these cracks, the way events conspire with each other in hidden grottos. This movement is at times very subtle, over a long time, like plate tectonics. If you don’t have the right eyes, you might miss these patterns altogether. Although our lives do not occur in geological scales of time, it is still the gradual pressure and our minute reactions, our habits, that actually speak of our true natures. Our true will and intent is contained in potential within each of us, though in many it is buried very, very deep.” – James Curcio

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Vishnu Schist of the side canyon of Clear Creek

http://written-in-stone-seen-through-my-lens.blogspot.com/2012/01/great-unconformity-of-grand-canyon-part.html

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“Each scenario is about fifteen million years into the future, and each assumes that the Pacific Plate will continue to move northwest at about 2.0 inches per year relative to the interior of North America.
In scenario 1, the San Andreas fault is the sole locus of motion. Baja California and coastal California shear away from the rest of the continent to form a long, skinny island. A short ferry ride across the San Andreas Strait connects LA to San Francisco.
In scenario 2, all of California west of the Sierra Nevada, together with Baja California, shears away to the northwest. The Gulf of California becomes the Reno Sea, which divides California from Nevada. The scene is reminiscent of how the Arabian Peninsula split from Africa to open the Red Sea some 5 million years ago.
In scenario 3, central Nevada splits open through the middle of the Basin and Range province. The widening Gulf of Nevada divides the continent form a large island composed of Washington, Oregon, California, Baja California, and western Nevada. The scene is akin to Madagascar’s origin when it split form eastern Africa to open the Mozambique Channel.”
Keith Meldahl, Rough-Hewn Land: A Geologic Journey from California to the Rocky Mountains

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Angular unconformity from the South Rim of Grand Canyon

http://geotripperimages.com/Tectonic_Processes/Unconformities.htm

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“Every encounter with the external world presents a conflict with a person’s cherished inner world. How we resolve these ongoing boarder conflicts between reality and ideas results in tectonic shifts in our mental makeup, which influx we incorporate by responding to the never-ending chaos of a worldly life.” – Kilroy Oldster

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survive.

December 6, 2014 § 2 Comments

“Being a part of the world in a healthy, mindful, present sense means learning to have complete faith that things will work out. Living in this world means that instead of cowering away, or giving up when the going gets a bit tough, get up and keep going. You’re not here merely to survive or fight your way through the world.” – Leigh Hershkovich

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Colorado River

Colorado River

http://excessivelocity.blogspot.com/2008/12/grand-canyon-az-views-from-south-rim.html

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“The thing was, if you wanted to survive you had to keep going, Natalie had decided. Even when it hurt. Sometimes, she had discovered, you has to walk around the holes in your life, instead of falling into them.” – Priscilla Cummings

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confluence.

May 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

“…these mothers at their midnight council were more like one great mind probing itself, divided at times as great minds may be, but one entity”  – Elizabeth Cunningham

 

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Little Colorado river confluence

Little Colorado river confluence

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/page/3/

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“All of us, when we engage in relatedness, fall under the gravitational influence of another’s emotional world, at the same time that we are bending his emotional mind with ours. Each relationship is a binary star, a burning flux of exchanged force fields, the deep and ancient influences emanating and felt, felt and emanating. – Thomas Lewis

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confluence

confluence

http://www.arizonahandbook.com/GC_river2.htm

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Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.”  – Susan Sontag

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aerial GC

aerial GC

http://www.nationalparktravel.com/grandcanyon_rafting.htm

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“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.”  – William James

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Blue Springs

Blue Springs

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/little-colorado-river/

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“A single radio post still heard him. The only link between him and the world was a wave of music, a minor modulation. Not a lament, no cry, yet purest of sounds that ever spoke despair.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Little Colorado river

Little Colorado river

http://www.sodahead.com/fun/whats-your-favorite-way-to-relax/question-3790326/?page=3&link=ibaf&q=&imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fws.gov%2Fsouthwest%2Fes%2Farizona%2Fimages%2FLittleColoradoR.JPG

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“It is the wilderness in the mind, the desert wastes in the heart through which one wanders lost and a stranger. When one is a stranger to oneself then one is estranged from others too. If one is out of touch with oneself, then one cannot touch others.”  – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Little Colorado River

Little Colorado River

http://www.wildernessescapades.com/wp/2012/05/14/weekly-photo-challenge-blue/

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“In its encounter with Nature, science invariably elicits a sense of reverence and awe. The very act of understanding is a celebration of joining, merging, even if on a very modest scale, with the magnificence of the Cosmos. And the cumulative worldwide build-up of knowledge over time converts science into something only a little short of a trans-national, trans-generational meta-mind.”  – Carl Sagan

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Begin.

January 1, 2014 § 1 Comment

“Don’t wait. Start stuff.”  – Richie Norton

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Little Colorado River confluence

Little Colorado River confluence

http://www.cpluhna.nau.edu/Places/littlecolr.htm

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“In the beginning..
when ray and day hadn’t yet come into existence at all,
there was a kind of radiance that illuminates the universe.
That radiance is the light of knowledge and goodness.
That radiance will persistently and consistently shines brightly
even after all the stars and moons in this vast universe died out.”  – Toba Beta

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Blue Springs Little Colorado

Blue Springs Little Colorado

http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/national/brochure/12056a.aspx

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“In literature and in life we ultimately pursue, not conclusions, but beginnings.”  – Sam Tanenhaus

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Confluence Colorado and Little Colorado

Confluence Colorado and Little Colorado

http://www.gcdamp.gov/gallery/gen/pages/pg4.html

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“Nothing is predestined. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.” – Ralph H. Blum

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Aerial Colorado and Little Colorado

Aerial Colorado and Little Colorado

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USA_Little_Colorado_%26_Colorado_Rivers.jpg

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“Since the beginning of physics, symmetry considerations have provided us with an extremely powerful and useful tool in our effort to understand nature. Gradually they have become the backbone of our theoretical formulation of physical laws.”  – Tsung-Dao Lee

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