Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement.

~ Albert Camus

Photo by Fred Moore | Convict Lake, Mono County, California

Start of the day in the Eastern Sierras

Hope will never be silent.

~ Harvey Milk

Photo by Pam Sutton | Phoenix, Arizona

 

My little green world

If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform a million realities.

~ Maya Angelou

Photo by Beverly Zuerlein, Moon and Back Photography | Bull moose at Warm Springs, near Antelope Flats, Wyoming

A MOMENT OF SPLENDOR

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.

~ E.E. Cummings

Photo by Pam Sutton | Great blue heron in Scottsdale, Arizona

Muddy toes

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.

~ Kahlil Gibran

Photo by Karen McQuilken

leaf

You’ve discovered a wellspring, simply allow it to flow and it will fill your world. Don’t try to keep a safe distance so as to see what happens. Don’t wait to be certain before you take a step. What you give, you will receive, although it might sometimes come from the place you least expect.

~ Paulo Coelho

Photo by Andrew Renkert | Kenai, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska

Kenai Autumn

An intense copper calm, like a universal yellow lotus, was more and more unfolding its noiseless measureless leaves upon the sea.

~ Herman Melville

Photo by Darrell Robinson | Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Maui Sunset

Come out into the world about you, be it either wide or limited. Sympathize, not in thought only, but in action, with all about you. Make yourself known and felt for something that would be loved and missed, in twenty thousand little ways, if you were to die; then your life will be a happy one, believe me.

~ Charles Dickens

Photo by Darrell Robinson | A view of Mt. Shasta reflected in Lake Siskiyou, Mt. Shasta, California

Sunrise with Mt. Shasta

Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.

~ Desiderius Erasmus

Photo by Andrew Millswww.a-mills.com | North of Vesturhorn, Iceland

The Other Side of Vestrahorn

Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes – every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man.

~ Orison Swett Marden

Photo by Jim Maloney | The Metolius River, a tributary of the Deschutes River in Central Oregon

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Only in the darkness can you see the stars.

~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Photo by John Behrends | Along the Oregon coast at Shore Acres State Park, Oregon

Starstruck

Listen to the trees as they sway in the wind.
Their leaves are telling secrets. Their bark sings songs of olden days as it grows around the trunks. And their roots give names to all things.
Their language has been lost.
But not the gestures.

~ Vera Nazarian

Photo by Tom Elliott | Sauk County, Wisconsin

Today's Mass Extinction and Holocene-Anthropocene Thermal Maximum

Wander into the center of the circle of wonder.

~ Hongzhi Zhengjue

Photo by Alice Cahill | Sequoia National Park, California

How does a Black Bear cross a meadow?

You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown, you travel for the unknown, that reveals you with yourself.

~ Ella Maillart

Photo by Mark Stevens | Mica View Trail, Saguaro National Park, Tucson, Arizona

 

I Only Went Out for a Walk... (Black & White, Saguaro National Park)

While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things.

~ William Wordsworth

Photo by Tony Varela | Prairie Creek Redwoods Sate Park, California

Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa)

I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.

~ Alice Walker

Photo by Cheryl Strahl | Polar bear in the Arctic Ocean near Kaktovik on Barter Island, Alaska

BearAndStick

Love is not consolation. It is light.

~ Simone Weil

Photo by Ronnie Goyette | Great egret at Morro Bay, California

 

Great Egret Reflections

You’ve discovered a wellspring, simply allow it to flow and it will fill your world. Don’t try to keep a safe distance so as to see what happens. Don’t wait to be certain before you take a step. What you give, you will receive, although it might sometimes come from the place you least expect.

~ Paulo Coelho

Photo by Andrew Renkert | Kenai, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska

Kenai Autumn

Sierra Club Daily Ray of Hope

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.    ~ Rachel Carson

Photo by Andrew Castellano | Hudson Bay near Churchill, Canada

Arctic Morning

Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.

~ Kay Redfield Jamison

Photo by Cheryl Strahl | Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Barter Island, Alaska

 

BearWithStick  (Explored)

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)

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