“…Welcome to my evening
The closing of the day
I could try a million times
Never find a better way
To tell you that I love you
And all the songs I play
Are to thank you for allowing me
Inside this lovely day…” ~~ John Denver
May these images of moon shadows and the dramatic composition of tundra landscape and night sky be a small effort to inspire peace through the storm and the long road of recovery… The tundra is a harsh environment – and, yet, there is life, beauty and survival.
“Most people want to be the sun that brightens up your life,
but I would rather be the moon that shines down on you in your darkest hours.” ~~ Unknown
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” ~~ Mother Teresa
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~~ Albert Einstein
“I know nothing with any certainty.
But the sight of the stars makes me dream.” ~~ Vincent van Gogh
“We gazed dreamily at the Milky Way and once in a while caught some shooting stars. Times like those gave me the opportunity to wonder and ask all those very basic questions. That sense of awe for the heavens started there.” ~~ Kalpana Chawla
The Tundra Communities Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park is over 12,000 feet high – a humbling experience to walk with your camera gear. However, the unusual rock formations (including the Mushroom Rocks above) on the alpine tundra landscape have always reminded me of qualities of character that support resilience, courage and faith. Each time I experience this tundra area, I also experience hope for humanity.
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” ~~ Helen Keller
“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds,
and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind.
To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.” ~~ Buddha
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” ~~ Edith Wharton
“Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as you can.” ~~ Hillary Clinton