“This is not wilderness for designation or for a park. Not a scenic wilderness and not one good for fishing or the viewing of wildlife. It is wilderness that gets into your nostrils, that runs with your sweat. It is the core of everything living, wilderness like molten iron.”
~ ~ Craig Childs
Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, Kentucky
Tree at my window,
My sash is lowered when
night comes on;
But let there never be
Between you and me.
Robert Frost ~ “Tree at My Window”
*Photo taken at Spring Hill Camp and Retreat, Seymour, Indiana
“Each thing organizes the space around it, rebuffing or sidling up against other things; each thing calls, gestures, beckons to other beings or battles them for our attention; things expose themselves to the sun or retreat among the shadows, shouting with their loud colors or whispering with their seeds; rocks snag lichen spores from the air and shelter spiders under their flanks; clouds converse with the fathomless blue and metamorphose into one another; they spill rain upon the land, which gathers in rivulets and carves out canyons…”
Temperance River Gorge, Minnesota
If a man walk in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer; but if he spends his whole day as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making earth bald before her time, he is esteemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. As if a town had no interest in its forests but to cut them down!
Henry David Thoreau
“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine to the soul.”
“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.”
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
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.
Roadside rest area, US 8, central Wisconsin
Come to the woods, for here is rest.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
The sea, the great unifier, is man’s only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat.
~ ~ Jacques Yves Cousteau ~ ~
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
~ ~ Matthew 6:26 ~ ~
Mount Moran, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming