Monday, September 1, 2014

the clearest way in

“Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue.”

- John Muir

“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.” 

-  John Muir

“I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do. They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far!”

- John Muir

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

- John Muir

And so we found ourselves for a short few days in the mountains, in Banff. I'm going to let the photographs and words just do their work this morning, and I'll be silent. Hope you enjoy the (many) photos. This morning's theme: trees and mountains.

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”

- John Muir

Hokusai Says

by Roger Keyes

Hokusai says Look carefully.
He says pay attention, notice.
He says keep looking, stay curious.
He says there is no end to seeing.

He says Look Forward to getting old.
He says keep changing,
you just get more who you really are.
He says get stuck, accept it, repeat yourself
as long as it’s interesting.

He says keep doing what you love.
He says keep praying.
He says every one of us is a child,

every one of us is ancient,
every one of us has a body.
He says every one of us is frightened.
He says every one of us has to find a way to live with fear.

He says everything is alive -
shells, buildings, people, fish, mountains, trees.
Wood is alive.
Water is alive.
Everything has its own life.
Everything lives inside us.
He says live with the world inside you.

He says it doesn’t matter if you draw, or write books.
It doesn’t matter if you saw wood, or catch fish.
It doesn’t matter if you sit at home
and stare at the ants on your verandah or the shadows of the trees
and grasses in your garden.

It matters that you care.
It matters that you feel.
It matters that you notice.
It matters that life lives through you.

Contentment is life living through you.
Joy is life living through you.
Satisfaction and strength
are life living through you.
Peace is life living through you.

He says don’t be afraid.
Don’t be afraid.
Look, feel, let life take you by the hand.
Let life live through you.

“At the touch of this divine light, the mountains seemed to kindle to a rapt, religious consciousness, and stood hushed like devout worshippers waiting to be blessed.”

- John Muir


  1. So many stunning images. What a beautiful place!

  2. I can not believe my eyes... so wonderful, so painful are the pictures, and the eloquent
    silence of the scenaries in them. this comes only from a wonderful artist/beholder!!

  3. Wow, I love these images so much! I have always heard how beautiful Banff is and I can certainly see that here! Majestic mountains, stunning tall pines and wonderful atmosphere.

  4. Beautiful images takes my breath away- nature draws you in and fills you up. Wonderful and reassuring to know that there is still such natural beauty for one to enjoy and take in.

  5. Thanks everyone. It's an amazing place :)


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