Detail of the Fire

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Photo by TJ Parker

A man with a bandage is in the middle of something.
Everyone understands this. Everyone wants a battlefield.

Red. And a little more red.

Accidents never happen when the room is empty.
Everyone understands this. Everyone needs a place.

People like to think war means something.

What can you learn from your opponent? More than you think.
Who will master this love? Love might be the wrong word.

Let’s admit, without apology, what we do to each other.
We know who our enemies are. We know.

~Richard Siken

Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.

~ Kahlil Gibran

Photo by Andrew Mills, a-mills.smugmug.com | Paradise, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

 

Tatoosh

Look around. Look at what we have. Beauty is everywhere—you only have to look to see it.

~ Bob Ross

Photo by Brad Frick | Taken from the top of Mt. Tallac, southwest of Lake Tahoe, in El Dorado County, California

 

Panoramic view from atop Mt. Tallac

In wildness is the preservation of the world.

~ Henry David Thoreau

Photo by Andrew Renkert | Grizzly in Denali National Park, Alaska

 

Grizzly, Denali National Park

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.

~ John Muir

Photo by Mark Stevens | Ricksecker Point and the River Valley with the Nisqually River in Mount Rainier National Park

 

Ricksecker Point and the River Valley with the Nisqually River (Mount Rainier National Park)

Happy New Year

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Photo by TJ Parker

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself. ~ Neil Gaiman

The horizon leans forward,
Offering you space to place new steps of change.
Here, on the pulse of this fine day
You may have the courage
To look up and out upon me, the
Rock, the River, the Tree, your country.

~ Maya Angelou

Photo by Brian Gardner | Gargantua Harbour is located within the Lake Superior Provincial Park, between Sault Ste. Marie and Wawa, Ontario

 

Gargantua Harbour