Posts Tagged ‘quotes’

As much as I enjoy winter, preferably with snow rather than the rain we’ve gotten recently, a hit of color now and then brightens the spirits. Hence, I offer you this as a cheerful response to Sally’s on-going challenge to us to take photos with non-traditional cameras, in this case, an iPhone 5s.

Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup.
~Wendell Berry

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Bright reds – scarlet, pillar-box red, crimson or cherry – are very cheerful and youthful. There is certainly a red for everyone.
~Christian Dior


Posted: January 3, 2017 in flowers, Quotes
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It’s been a bit dreary here in northeastern Illinois and it might be that way where you are as well.  A bit of flowery beauty doesn’t come amiss at this time of year in the northern hemisphere and I hope my friends in the southern one will enjoy it as well.

“An orchid in a deep forest sends out its fragrance even if no one is around to appreciate it.”

“Scatter as a prayer
escaping my lips…

as orchids
blooming in clouds.”
~Sanober Khan, A Thousand Flamingos

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“When two friends understand each other totally, the words are soft and strong like an orchid’s perfume.”
~Sara Jeannette Duncan


Posted: November 19, 2016 in Nature
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A planet without birds is a planet without angels!
~Mehmet Murat ildan

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Birds have wings; they’re free; they can fly where they want when they want. They have the kind of mobility many people envy.
~Roger Tory Peterson

A true friend

Posted: October 29, 2016 in Quotes
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We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.
~John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra

I’m by nature and nurture an optimist, despite much evidence to the contrary, an optimist who loves to travel to all sorts of places: lake, ocean, desert.  But when I’m in the mountains, it’s as if I were a jigsaw puzzle missing one small piece; a picture complete as is, but reaching its full beauty when that one piece is in place.

I don’t go to France for mountains.  My s-i-l and b-i-l live in the ancient forest of the Vosges, hilly and peaceful (except during hunting season.)  On this trip, however, during one of our patented driving trips of exploration, we ended in the Haute (High) Vosges.  The road twisted, turned, and climbed and with each turn, my spirits rose and my heart and soul filled.

If you’ve visited Germany’s Black Forest, you know the Haute Vosges.

There is great similarity between the Vosges and the corresponding range of the Black Forest on the other side of the Rhine: both lie within the same degrees of latitude, have similar geological formations and are characterized by forests on their lower slopes, above which are open pastures and rounded summits of a rather uniform altitude; furthermore, both exhibit steeper slopes towards the Rhine and a more gradual descent on the other side.

Here are some of the views above the village of Kruth that kindled my enthusiasm, made my nerves quiver, and filled every pore and cell.

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Enormous woodpiles for winter heat are everywhere. These are some of the smaller stacks we saw.

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”
~John Muir, The Mountains of California

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Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.
~John Muir, Our National Parks

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I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news.
~John Muir

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The morning drive

Posted: September 27, 2016 in Quotes, Travel
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I love leaving for a trip very early in the morning, when it’s cool, quiet, no longer quite dark, and most people are (hopefully) still in bed.

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All glory comes from daring to begin.
~Eugene F. Ware

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The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
~Marcel Proust


Posted: September 9, 2016 in Quotes
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