Footsteps in the Sand
Sunrise over the Ocean
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Ram Close Up
Chief Mountian with Pastel Clouds
One Tree at The Preserve
San Juan Island’s Glistening Waters, Mountains & Sailboats
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“The summer night is like a perfection of thought.”
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
“Then followed that beautiful season… Summer….
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.”
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“The Amen of nature is always a flower”
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
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“Let us love winter
for it is the
Spring of genius”
“Snow was falling,
so much like stars
filling the dark trees
that one could easily imagine
its reason for being was nothing more
“No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place”
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“Fall, the time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
Raven teaches me of endless curiosity, partnership, work ethic, continual learning, listening…
They fascinate, stimulate, illuminate.
I am always aware of their presence….
“I am a black bird, a Raven, I am Raven. I know and I am knowing—I know and see life and death, expansion and contraction and I do not shiver and cry—I am unafraid.
I am Raven. I am black as liquid night with wings and my eyes are stars to see by.
The light within me leads the way and it is revealed through my eyes and I am what lies between the dark and light.
I am the balance between.”
–H. Raven Rose, Liquid Me: A Collection of Poetry and Prose
“for it is not so much to know the self
as to know it as it is known
by galaxy and cedar cone,
as if birth had never found it
and death could never end it.”
-Archie Randolph Ammons
There is certainly a timeless quality to this cedar forest. A boardwalk traverses the ancient woods and in peacefulness and quiet you walk. Beauty at every turn, at every angle, no matter where you look. In every season, sweetness. Long breaths. Shimmering sunshine splattered, trickling water, rushing big water, rocks of every color, rabbit, deer, bear… an full ecosystem breathing life in unison and thriving. In that abundance and balance there is solace.
In many native cultures the cedar symbolizes healing, cleansing, prosperity and protection and those qualities are deeply felt here.