The featured photograph above is a beautiful and typical sunrise in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Yet, recently, the wildfires out west (several states away) have caused smoke and haze in the mountains and environment of Colorado in general. The photographs below are a recent sunrise trying to appear through the smoke and finally basking in its glory rising above the haze. The experience reminds me of how connected we are as both the earth and humanity. The experience has also reminded me to be grateful for the wonderful firefighters around our country who display bravery and courage as an extraordinary profession and volunteers who provide a service to all of us. So, THANK YOU – and may you always be protected. The Firefighter’s Prayer, author unknown, is beautiful and hopefully some firefighters might read this post and feel more blessed, protected and honored.
give me strength to save a life, whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child before it is too late,
or save an older person from the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert, and hear the weakest shout,
quickly and efficiently to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling, to give the best in me,
to guard my friend and neighbor, and protect his property.
And if according to Your will I must answer death’s call,
bless with your protecting hand, my family one and all.”
“Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.” ~David Thomas
“I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.” ~Tracy Chapman
Glacier Creek runs along the trails at Glacier Gorge in Rocky Mountain National Park. This summer I hiked many of the trails and went off-trail several times to discover the real beauty of Glacier Creek as it is mostly hidden from view when on the trails. I really like the featured photograph with the contrast of soft water on the left and the sharpness of the water and rocks on the right. Further down the creek, I found light affecting the color of both the rocks and water – like a treasure chest of gold with the photograph above.
Here are two unlikely friends. When the marmot approached the Big Horn Sheep, I was not sure what the encounter would look like in terms of acceptance and sharing territory. To my surprise and appreciation, they acted like they were old friends. It was a beautiful lesson of diversity, acceptance and tolerance for me. As usual, nature is always my teacher…
“For me, the reason why people go to a mountaintop or go to the edge of the ocean is to look at something larger than themselves.
That feeling of awe, of going to a cathedral, it’s all about feeling lost in something bigger than oneself.
To me, that’s the definition of spectacle.” ~Diane Paulus
“Light orchestrates its symphony of color through the day,
bringing the smallest part of Nature into awareness.
It is all there for reflection.” ~ Jill Murch