Monochrome Monday: Misty Bridge

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Sunday Nature Quote: The Sound of Silence

“At a certain point, you say to the woods, to the sea, to the mountains, the world, Now I am ready. Now I will stop and be wholly attentive. You empty yourself and wait, listening. After a time you hear it: there is nothing there. There is nothing but those things only, those created objects, discrete, growing or holding, or swaying, being rained on or raining, held, flooding or ebbing, standing, or spread. You feel the world’s word as a tension, a hum, a single chorused note everywhere the same. This is it: this hum is the silence. Nature does utter a peep – just this one. The birds and insects, the meadows and swamps and rivers and stones and mountains and clouds: they all do it; they all don’t do it. There is a vibrancy to the silence, a suppression, as if someone were gagging the world. But you wait, you give your life’s length to listening, and nothing happens. The ice rolls up, the ice rolls back, and still that single note obtains. The tension, or lack of it, is intolerable. The silence is not actually suppression: instead, it is all there is.”

Annie Dillard

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Cypress Swamp, Natchez Trace National Parkway, Mississippi

Travel Theme: Ancient

Ancient Landscape. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Ancient Landscape.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Ancient Palace.  Palacio de Generalife, Granada, Spain

Ancient Palace.
Palacio de Generalife, Granada, Spain

Ancient Earthworks. Serpent Mound, Ohio

Ancient Earthworks.
Serpent Mound, National Historic Landmark, Ohio

Ancient Ruins.  Windsor Ruins, Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi

Ancient Ruins.
Windsor Ruins, Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi

Ancient dwellings.  Cliff Dwellings, Navajo National Monument, Arizona

Ancient dwellings.
Cliff Dwellings, Navajo National Monument, Arizona

 

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