“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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“Light”

“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

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“The Vastness of the Universe”

I have used the words of John Denver’s song “Welcome to My Morning” many times with my blog.  Again, I am moved to share the knowledge, wisdom and awe of this song:

“Welcome to my morning
Welcome to my day
I’m the one responsible
I made it just this way
To make myself some pictures
See what they might bring
I think I made it perfectly
I wouldn’t change a thing
Welcome to my happiness
You know it makes me smile
And it pleases me to have you here
For just a little while
While we open up the spaces
Try to break some chains
And if the truth is told
They will never come again…”

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“Mountain Goat Travels”

I observed only “one” mountain goat at the summit of Mt. Evans – 14,130 feet.  (By the way, this is not a drive for the “faint of heart.”  The drive is a challenge with no guard rails and an experience to navigate in the dark for sunrise.  However, the scenery is spectacular and worth the effort.)  

I watched the mountain goat as he/she ate.  Then it started to meander and jump on and up the rocks –  finally standing high above me in a very majestic pose.  This mountain goat was molting and shedding its heavy winter coat.

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“Friendship Adventure”

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I just finished a wonderful week with friends who traveled from Connecticut and Oklahoma to experience my beloved Rocky Mountains.  We had quite the adventure hiking and being in the mountains together.  However, the highlight was probably getting up at 3:30 a.m. to get to the tundra area of Rocky Mountain National Park – over 12,0000 feet high – for sunrise.  We trekked up the path to the Rock Cut area and were humbled by the altitude and the blessings of our environment.  Yet, we were at peace together for the beginning of a new day.  We held hands and prayed for the earth, our families and our country and were amazed by the beauty around us.  Yes, sometimes friendship can be a life adventure together and I wish this experience for all.  Be with your friends, enjoy your friends and most of all –  love your friends and the people in your world.

(I have not used the self-timer on my camera in years.  However, it certainly was a handy tool for this sunrise experience.)

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“Alpine Tundra Ecosystem”

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I think the tundra in Rocky Mountain National Park is both a beautiful and sacred landscape.  Early morning light highlights the rocks and texture of the environment.  Access is achieved by driving up the Trail Ridge Road which is the highest road in any national park.  This is truly a land of extremes. Strong, frequent winds and cold temperatures help limit what plants can grow here.  However, during July, there is a garden of flowers about 1-3″ tall that grow in the tundra.  Many plants are dwarfed – yet, there are a few with blossoms.  Below is a close-up of the Alpine Sunflower that I was able to photograph with my macro lens.  On this particular morning, there was very little wind and I was able to use a long exposure to capture depth-of-field.

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“Tundra Snowscape”

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I actually photographed these images in late August at sunrise in the Tundra at Rocky Mountain National Park.  It had snowed the night before – the roads were icy – and it was very, very cold and windy.  I barely was able to open the car door when I reached the top of Trail Ridge Road.  At over 12,000 feet high, within minutes, I could barely move my fingers to hold my camera and photograph even though I was wearing gloves and multiple layers of clothing.  It was another experience that reminded me to behold the beauty around me and, at the same time, to respect the environment.

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