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Yellowstone

Yellowstone.  Majestic earth workings of every sort.  Power.  Everlasting change and evolution. Steaming water, geysers, grand waterfalls, canyons, a deep and wide lake, fumaroles, mud pots, elk, bighorn sheep, grizzlies, black bear, cats, moose, and wolves!!  Nine packs of wolves vying for dominance and survival, taking care of their families, broadening their empires.  What a vision of nature’s overwhelming diversity and drive for balance.  Life to continuing in all its exuberance.  There is never enough time to take it all in.  I want to return and spend weeks in the Lamar Valley, getting to know the wolves and the landscapes.  To become part of it, to know it.  Undiminished by the island it has become, it is still becoming.  So alive, so magnificent.  Mysterious and overwhelmingly powerful.

“A thousand Yellowstone wonders are calling, ‘Look up and down and round about you.”

-John Muir, 1898

“There is nothing so American as our national parks…. The fundamental idea behind the parks…is that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us.”

– President Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Scenes from Winter – A Gallery of Photos

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“Let us love winter

for it is the

Spring of genius”

Pietro Aretino

 

“Snow was falling,
so much like stars
filling the dark trees
that one could easily imagine
its reason for being was nothing more
than prettiness.”
-Mary Oliver

“No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place”

-Zen Koan


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Hear the Earth Sing

I love these words from other languages that can’t be translated in a single word to English.  They each evoke a deep feeling and connection – not a mental abstract.  They speak of our intimate and interrelated chemistry with Nature… our partnership, rapport and love.

I found these words on a blog called “Mother Tongues” and the Tenalach Irish word mentioned on a Facebook page called “Discover the Forest”.

Tenalach (Irish): used to describe a relationship one has with the land, air and water, a deep connection that allows one to literally hear the Earth sing.

 

Pasture, Back Road, Grasses

Komorebi (Japanese): The scattered, dappled light effect when sunlight shines through tree leaves.

Summer Forest with Soft Light copy

Gökotta (Swedish): To wake up early in the morning with the purpose of going outside to hear the first birds of spring sing.

Bird in White Flowered Tree

Aloha aina (Hawaiian): This phrase means “love of the land.”  Hawaiians are the land, in the sense that the land provides food, water, clothing, and shelter. Showing care for the land, while visiting, is a wonderful way to show care and respect to the people of Hawaii.

Misty Morning, October

Dadirri (Aboriginal Australian): An ancient word that combines contemplation, deep inner listening, and quiet still awareness of creation and the Creator, Dadirri is like a crystal clear water hole that calls us to be replenished and revitalized. To embody Dadirri, is to be at peace with yourself, with others, in nature, and with the Creator. Be patient with yourself, with your neighbor, and wait upon the seasons. Become aware of the sacredness that surrounds you. Hear creation breathe and follow her rhythm.

Leaf with Two Suns

 

Moonbeams & Rainbows – A Gallery of Photos

Some Kiss We Want

There is some kiss we want with
our whole lives, the touch of
 
spirit on the body. Seawater
begs the pearl to break its shell.
 
And the lily, how passionately
it needs some wild darling! At
 
night, I open the window and ask
the moon to come and press its
 
face against mine. Breathe into
me. Close the language-door and
 
open the love window. The moon
won’t use the door, only the window.

From Soul of Rumi
by Coleman Barks

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Glacier National Park Wonders – A Gallery of Photos

“Wander here a whole summer, if you can. Thousands of God’s wild blessings will search you and soak you as if you were a sponge, and the big days will go uncounted.

Goat Haunt

If you are business-tangled, and so burdened with duty that only weeks can be got out of the heavy laden year, then go to the Flathead Reserve; for it easily and quickly reached by the Great Northern Railroad. Get off the track at Belton Station, and in a few minutes you will find yourself in the midst of what you are sure to say is the best care-killing scenery on the continent – beautiful lakes derived straight from glaciers, lofty mountains steeped in lovely nemophila-blue skies and clad with forests and glaciers, mossy ferny waterfalls in their hollows, nameless and numberless, and meadowy gardens abounding in the best of everything …. ”   John Muir

Glacier National Park – just a few photos of the wonders there…

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Nature’s Art – A Gallery of Photos

“What is art but a way of seeing?”

-Saul Bellow

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“What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility.  This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism.”

-Albert Einstein

 

 

Breathing

River-Rocks-Water-Glacier“Breathing in I Feel Gratitude…
Breathing out I Give Thanks…
Breathing in I Feel Joyful…
Breathing out I Celebrate…
Breathing in I Know Compassion…
Breathing out I Am Compassion… Cedars, Lake McDonald
Breathing in I Feel Loved
Breathing out I Offer Love…
Breathing in I Am Still…
Breathing out I Am At Peace…
Breathing in I am Enough… “

-Aunty Nania, Molokai

 

Sweet breathing indeed!

*The photo at the top of this post is of Nanaistako, Chief Mountain, a most sacred place of the Blackfeet Nation.   It radiates power and masculinity for miles and is quite beautiful in myriad ever changing light blessings and in every season.   Love spending time with the Chief.