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Sunday Stills: A Celebration of #Leaves

How is it November first already? This morning, here in the US, we set the clocks back to end daylight saving time. Lighter in the morning, darker at night, but I am glad to get that hour back! This week’s Sunday Stills challenge theme is all about leaves. No matter where you live, you may …

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Sunday Stills: Reflections of a Mother’s #Giving

Today is Mother’s Day in the US. In our current state of the world, many mothers will not see their families in person today. This is the first Mother’s Day I am without my own mother. Many of you know she passed away on March 3rd, thankfully before the coronavirus prevented folks from spending time …

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Sunday Stills: The Great #Outdoors

The last day of June 2019 is a wonderful way to spend in the outdoors, our theme for this week’s Sunday Stills photo challenge. June was National Great Outdoors Month, which seems appropriate as many folks begin their summer vacations. To help inspire you, today I am sharing some of my favorite photos of this …

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Yosemite Falls John Muir Quote

Sunday Stills: The #Spirit Moves Us

There is much we can do with this week’s Sunday Stills theme: SPIRIT. Humankind yearns for spiritual connections, whether to nature, to other people, to the God of the Bible or to an un-named higher being. I want to take a moment to acknowledge this week’s devasting news about the horrific fire that all but …

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-...it still seems above all others the Range of Light.- john muir

The Glow from “The Range of Light”

Alpenglow is an optical phenomenon in which a horizontal reddish glow is observed on the horizon opposite to the sun. Tuolumne Meadows, in the Eastern Sierra Nevada's high country of Yosemite National Park, is the place to witness the amazing alpenglow at sunset. The phenomenon often lingers for several minutes after the sun has completely …

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Quote by John Muir "Opening a Thousand Windows"

Opening a Thousand Windows

While the featured image is not your typical glass-pained window, the frame of the pine trees yields a glorious view of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. "Oh these vast, calm measureless mountain days, days in whose light everything seems equally divine, opening a thousand windows to show us God." John Muir For all its natural …

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Yosemite Valley with Bridalveil Falls

I Feel the Earth Move

If you are a wilderness geek like me, you might know that today, April 21st is the 179th birthday of John Muir. If you didn’t know, let me tell you why he may have been considered (in my eyes) one of the most important men on Planet Earth. John Muir was a Scottish-American naturalist, author, …

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Wander a whole Summer

Wander a Whole Summer If You Can

April 21st marks the birthday of John Muir, Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. He was the founder of the Sierra Club. “Wander a whole summer if you can...time will not be taken from the sum of your life. Instead of shortening, it will definitely lengthen …

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In every walk with nature...Muir

What Do You Receive in Your Walk with Nature?

If you have followed my blog recently, you recall that I recently (re)-visited Yosemite National Park on Easter weekend. You also may or may not know that this was my 24th visit to the park. Why yes, I rather do consider it my backyard. I am fortunate to live three hours' drive away. This view …

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Half light of Tuolumne Meadows sunset

Communing in the Half-Light

  Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike. – John Muir Today's Weekly Photo Challenge: Half-Light, asks us to share a photo inspired by a poem, verse, song lyric or story. Nothing speaks to …

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John-Muir-quote

“Cares Will Drop Away From You…”

"The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of autumn." John Muir Since I am a nature girl, I love the writings and contributions of John Muir. John Muir (1838-1914) was America's most famous and influential naturalist and conservationist, and …

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