Sunday Nature Quotes: Best Medicine

“A mountain is the best medicine for a troubled mind. Seldom does man ponder his own insignificance. He thinks he is master of all things. He thinks the world is his without bonds. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Only when he tramps the mountains alone, communing with nature, observing other insignificant creatures about him, to come and go as he will, does he awaken to his own short-lived presence on earth.”

Finis Mitchell

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Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrasts

The low, smooth white sand dunes are contrasted in size and appearance by the jagged rock of the San Andres Mountains. But also the sand dunes are contrasted between light and dark by their wind-blown curves.

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White Sands National Monument, New Mexico


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Protected Places: Coronado National Forest, Arizona

The Coronado National Forest is comprised of nearly two million acres in six counties in Arizona and New Mexico and has several mountain ranges including the Santa Catalina Mountains, Rincon Mountains. The forest has eight wilderness areas, canyons and desert landscape. Activities include horseback riding, fishing, hunting, camping and backpacking. Nearby is Saguaro National Park and the city of Tucson.

One Word Photo Challenge: Gold

Golden Skies




Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Straight Lines

Straight Down

The straight lines of these stairs and bridge invite the hiker to come close to the flowing waters of Little Clifty Falls. Twenty years ago or so these stairs and the bridge weren’t there. Hikers crossed over by walking across the top of the waterfall. Oddly I never felt scared (of the height) and the rocks didn’t seem too slippery. The bridge does give it character but I still prefer to be close to the falls, to touch and experience it.

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Clifty Falls State Park, Madison, Indiana


Travel Theme: Shine

sun – SHINE



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Monochrome Monday: Misty Mountain

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Glacier National Park, Montana

Sunday Nature Quotes: Green Pastures

He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Psalm 23:2-3

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Roadside rest area, US 8, central Wisconsin

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

Sunlight BETWEEN the trees

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Eighteen Lake, Superior National Forest, Minnesota


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For the Love of Geography: U-Shape Valley

U-Shaped valleys are just what they sound like – a valley shaped like a “U”. These valleys are the result of glaciers carving further into an existing depression created from a river called a v-shaped valley. The valley is transformed from gradually sloping side to steep sides and a flat bottom. Rivers often remain from glacial melting that replace the original river. U-shaped valleys are found at high mountain altitudes worldwide.

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Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

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Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington