“Wisdom for the New Year”

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.”

“In loving one another through our works, we bring an increase in grace and a growth in divine love.”

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

“Yesterday is gone.  Tomorrow has not yet come.  Let us begin.”  ~~ Mother Teresa aka St. Teresa of Calcutta

Happy New Year!

May you have a year filled with renewed hope and good health.

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“Thanksgiving Gratitude”

I am grateful for the opportunity to have experienced this majestic, mysterious and unique landscape called “Mystery Valley” more than once.  Each time it is both peaceful and a special blessing to stand on and behold this land.  With “Thanksgiving” this week, I am also grateful for the majestic and mysterious experience that we call our life journey.  Each day we have the unique opportunity to navigate and explore our own emotions and  ways to respond as we greet the challenge of all new experiences.  To all who read this blog, I wish you peace and special blessings as you stand firm and behold your sacred journey to be, to live, to experience joy.  Happy Thanksgiving, 2017!

 “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, 

we must carry it with us or we find it not.”  ~~ Ralph Waldo Emmerson

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“Hunt’s Mesa”

One experiences great vastness on top of Hunt’s Mesa overlooking Monument Valley…

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”  ~~ Nelson Mandela

“You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goal.” 

~~ Booker T. Washington

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“Portrait”

The featured photograph above is me on top of Hunt’s Mesa in Monument Valley for sunrise.  A special “thank you” to Frank Comisar from Scenic Aperture for taking this photograph of me — doing what I love and being on sacred land!

Below is my special group of photography friends…Bobbie Baird and Ken Fox…with our leader Frank Comisar.  We are quite the group who love the quest of adventure through photography.  I am blessed to know these special people and privileged to call them friends.   I treasure our photo excursions together that are filled with much laughter, banter, love of the land and learning.

 

Enjoy my posts from our latest photography excursion to Hunt’s Mesa (an overnight camping trip) and Mystery Valley in Monument Valley, Valley of the  Gods in Mexican Hat, a re-visit to the slot canyons and Horseshoe Bend in Arizona and then another overnight camping trip to White Pocket in Utah.  My next blog posts will also include photographs from this trip.  Again, enjoy!

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“Hunt’s Mesa”

Ok, I will admit that I it was “peer pressure” from my  group of photo friends that convinced me to do this overnight excursion to Hunt’s Mesa.  It was a two hour 4-wheel drive by our Navajo Indian guide into the back country that did have me holding my rosary beads.  We camped overnight and had  both an opportunity to photograph sunset and sunrise on top of the mesa overlooking Monument Valley.  Obviously, this was a good experience with peer pressure.

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“White Pocket”

White Pocket, in Utah, is a beautiful geological area.  

“…When exploring White Pocket you’ll encounter a broad bed of white stone arranged in geodesic hexagons, pentagons and squares. The area has been described as a giant turtle shell, a village of igloos, a petrified cloud, and biscuits in a Dutch oven — those descriptions are all accurate metaphors.  The various shades of red, orange and pink rocks are due to the oxidation of hematite within the sandstone while the minerals, limonite and goethite, produced the yellows and browns.”  ~ Steven Law  

We did any overnight excursion at White Pocket – camped in tents and photographed sunset, the Milky  Way and sunrise.  To get to the location it was another two hour four-wheel drive by juniper trees, up and down sandy hills, and between ancient sandstone monoliths.   All I can say is … Wow!  This was quite the experience into a magical, unique landscape.  I have never witnessed anything like this visual in my lifetime.

Here is an” intimate look” at White Pocket

photographed with my macro lens. 

Notice the texture, patterns, striations, colors

and somewhat fragile appearance.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Perspective”

These images were also photographed at White Pocket.  We called the tree above “Veronika’s Bonsai Tree” as I was captivated by its shape, form and  the surrounding texture of the landscape.  These photographs show the different perspective of changing one’s position, view and returning to an area during a different time of day.  Although the tree in the Milky Way photograph is different, it demonstrates the solitude, strength and beauty of trees – even at night.

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“Mystery Valley”

This is one of my favorite places in Monument Valley.  It is on restricted Navajo land and requires a special Navajo guide to get to this pristine area in the back country.  Mystery gardens and unique land formations are everywhere on this sacred land.  After being here for several hours, one can feel the energy and special blessings of the earth.

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