Not knowing right from wrong; always searching for some sense–finding no-thing no-sense. Strained with pain–things unsaid; tongue twisted tainted distress. Vast Voiceless void of being–world of words whirling within–seeing. Spewing forth my voice; exalting resounding feeling. ~Voiceless in America
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St. Augustine, Florida Sunrise
Foto by Iliana
“So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay.” ~Robert Frost
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Three Rivers, California, 2016
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“…it’s all still there in my heart and soul. The walk, the hills, the sky, the solitary pain and pleasure—they will grow larger, sweeter, lovelier in the days to come, like a treasure found and then, voluntarily, surrendered. Returned to the mountains with my blessing. It leaves a golden glowing on the mind.”
~Edward Abbey, Beyond the Wall: Essays from the Outside
Everglades: Shark Valley, 2016
Foto by Iliana
“It is odd that we have so little relationship with nature, with the insects and the leaping frog, and the owl that hoots among the hills calling for its mate. We never seem to have a feeling for all living things on the earth. If we could establish a deep, abiding relationship with nature, we would never kill an animal for our appetite, we would never harm, vivisect, a monkey, a dog, a guinea pig for our benefit. We would find other ways to heal our wounds, heal our bodies. But the healing of the mind is something totally different. That healing gradually takes place if you are with nature, with that orange on the tree, and the blade of grass that pushes through the cement, and the hills covered, hidden, by the clouds.”
Krishnamurti to Himself, p 10
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Key West, 2016
Foto by Iliana
“To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and the flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of years, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.” ~Rachel Carson
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Everglades, Flamingo Park, 2016
Foto by Iliana
The miracle of light pours over the green and brown expanse of saw grass and of water, shining and slowly moving, the grass and water that is the meaning and the central fact of the Everglades. It is a river of grass. ~Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Everglades, Flamingo 2016
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“The sun set, which is everyday magic…” ~Terry Pratchett Isla Morada, FL 2016 Foto by Iliana
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Grand Canyon, 2016 Foto by Iliana
“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.” ~Henry David Thoreau
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“Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world. And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being.” ~Black Elk, Black Elk Speaks (1932), “The Great Vision” (p. 36)
Gila National Forest, 2016
Foto by Iliana
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Faith is the pierless bridge supporting what we see unto the scene that we do not. ~Emily Dickinson Foto by Iliana
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“The glories and the beauties of form, color, and sound unite in the Grand Canyon – forms unrivaled even by the mountains, colors that vie with sunsets, and sounds that span the diapason from tempest to tinkling raindrop, from cataract to bubbling fountain.” ~John Wesley Powell
Foto by Iliana
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“The pine stays green in winter…wisdom in hardship.” ~Norman Douglas
Photograph by Iliana
Fading quickly, the day vanished with a burst of golden flash.
Photo by Iliana
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Golden is the day I walk in…
~The White Rabbit
Photo by Iliana
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“We have two dogs, Mabel and Wolf, and three cats at home, Charlie, George and Chairman. We have two cats on our farm, Tom and Little Sister, two horses, and two mini horses, Hannah and Tricky. We also have two cows, Holy and Madonna. And those are only the animals we let sleep in our bed.” ~Ellen DeGeneres
“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, Fluttering from the autumn tree.” ~Emily Bronte
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Stunning in the fall but deadly in the winter…
“We want, my dear sir, wine above all things, for our sick are now numerous, and our cases generally putrid….we also want sheets, shirts, candles, soap, writing as well as wrapping paper, pots, horn-spoons, and every other kind of hospital utensil.” James Fallon to Jonathan Potts, Yellow Springs, 27 April 1778.  The Yellow Springs Hospital, the first in the country to be built specially as a military hospital, was located about ten miles from the encampment. The hospital, which was under the direction of Dr. Samuel Kennedy, cared for hundreds of soldiers from Valley Forge. Supplies were sparse; hospital personnel ordered coffee, tea, chocolate, vinegar, kettles, salt, bed ticks, blankets —the list goes on and on —in addition to those items requested above. Gen. Washington visited Yellow Springs Hospital on 15 May 1778, speaking to every patient there, “which pleased the Sick exceedingly.” About 2,000 soldiers died during that Valley Forge winter, most of them perishing, not at camp, but at Yellow Springs and other nearby (and other not-so-nearby) hospitals. Dr. Samuel Kennedy himself died in June, just before the army left Valley Forge.
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Bluedridge was not the only place where we tasted delectably delightful fall. One of the most pleasurable aspects of the trip was our stay-over in Philadelphia, PA, where you have the juxtaposition of blooming Nature with the bustling city. Took this picture at Valley Forge Historical Park, sight of the 1777-78 encampment of the Continental Army. The leaves on the trees were ablaze! This made the White Rabbit very happy indeed.
“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” ~George Eliot
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Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. This season quickens me, makes me feel more alive than the others. Whether it be due to the colors or the smells, the crispness in the air, whatever the reason, fall fires up all my senses. Bursts of blushing blooms befall before me, a feeding frenzy for my soul. It is no coincidence our travels were set for this time, making one of the White Rabbit’s favorite places, Blueridge, Ga., a necessary place to stop-over for a very important date with Autumn. ~The White Rabbit
“Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love – that makes life and nature harmonise. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one’s very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” [Letter to Miss Eliot, Oct. 1, 1841]” ~ George Eliot
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Blueridge, Georgia is a quaint little town located close to the Tennessee and North Carolina state lines. This was the first stop after a 13 hour drive from Miami, Florida. Our longing was to see, feel and smell the fall. We got our wish. This picture was taken downtown Blueridge at the train station, where you find the famous Blueridge Scenic Railway train. Downtown was full of friendly folk, antique and art shops–decorated fashionably fall. The spirit of the Harvest enveloped the small town, creating an tender energy rarely found in today’s cities–pure un-adulterated vibes radiating from the heart of the town.
“In the entire circle of the year there are no days so delightful as those of a fine October, when the trees are bare to the mild heavens, and the red leaves bestrew the road, and you can feel the breath of winter, morning and evening — no days so calm, so tenderly solemn, and with such a reverent meekness in the air.” -Alexander Smith
Went on a trip two weeks ago with my father. For those who have followed me for a while, you know the reason why I’m in the funk in the first place–my father the same. My mom passed on 7/6/2015. Both Dad and I had stayed by Mom’s side for a little over a year; she was bedridden due to her cancer nine out of those months. We celebrated her as much as possible. It was all too fresh in our memory…a dream state enveloped us.
Almost four months have passed. We needed our groove back. A trip ensued from Miami, Florida. With this trip, two human beings chased after their groove, wanting it back. Did we? Stay tuned as I will begin posting random photos I took. This is the first, a picture of Mercier Orchards in Blueridge, Georgia. Crisp day; crisp apples. Sparkling Cider…pumpkin bread….
This is the White Rabbit. I got my groove back. Hope I got you back too. Thanks for your patience…<3 ya’ll! Be Blessed!
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A piece from my ebook found on Amazon Kindle.
“Fragmented moments remain–moments ingrained with things pained. Shocking my being with images past, keeping them for eternity to last. Moments like when my parents told me that it was important to understand that to wear la panoleta–that darn scarf that made be barf–meant commitment to the patria, the fatherland. This was something that could not be, to wear that panoleta since my mother and I, we would be leaving the island soon to the land of the free, but if I wore that panoleta, America I would never see. That’s what I thought then in 1960, a six year old Cuban female exile to be.
On that quite strange day, in the first grade, when still a young child living in Santiago de Cuba, our plans to leave the island almost went astray. At school, while preparing to go on a school trip, all students were…
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Tags: cancer, gioblastoma, Mother, ocean, Photography, sea
Are you guys still here, blogging? So hope cause I’ve missed you!
It’s been a long time since I posted…this familiar place brings me back to that date when I received the word that my mother had Gioblastoma, a deadly cancer of the brain. They gave her a year after the surgery; she lived a year and a month almost to the date of the brain surgery–a year full of ups and downs. Most importantly, it was a year of closure.
Gone to another place and finally resting in peace is a woman who gracefully lived her life and who gracefully transcended it.
To lose a Mother…it’s unfathomable to some. I know it was for me. And, here I sit, typing these words, Motherless. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined it; never would I have imagined the aggressive brain cancer that took her from a world she loved.
Mom loved life; She was life!
She passed on July 6, 2015, 4:30 p.m., in her sleep, surrounded by her family: Her husband, my father, Cesar. Her grandchildren, my children, Britt, Scott and Timothy, and her children, my husband and me. It was the most unbelievable experience…the moment was unexplainable.
It is only now that I am able to write about it. It is now that I’ve decided is the best time to return to the blogging world. I may blog about the experience, but I will stick to what I love…photography and quotes. So happy to be back!
Thank you for those who supported me through this past year and some months. Welcome new followers.
~The White Rabbit
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“The sun set, which is everyday magic…”
― Terry Pratchett
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Thou seest how sloth wastes the sluggish body, as water is corrupted unless it moves. ~Ovid
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Step with care and great tact ,and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. ~Dr. Seuss
Bidding you a good night…The White Rabbit
“The 22nd of loneliness and we’ve
Been through so many thangs”
“The drinks flow
That big wheel spins, the hair thins
Forget they’re hiding
The news slows
The shares crash, hopes are dashed
Forget they’re hiding.”
“Sleight of hand and twist of fate
On a bed of nails she makes me wait
And I wait without you”
Good evening! For those of you who have been following me for a while, mom is still hanging on–but now, by a thread. It’s been almost a year since the diagnosis of her terminal illness–quite an experience. Ironic in that the experience brought dad, mom and me together in a way that had not been since my childhood. Only now, mom is the child–depending on dad and me for all her needs. Her strength is amazing. May God Bless You MOM! Thank you for all of those who have continued prayers. For you newcomers, welcome. I’m slowly returning to my normal routine and should be out and about photographing people, places and things soon–posting will resume as in the past. Thank you again for being there. Now, let’s share a few tunes before the night is through–some of my all time favorites just for you. Blessed be…The White Rabbit
“Let the melody shine, let it cleanse my mind, I feel free now.”
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Each time I post this quote, it touches one of my reader’s heart. “I needed to read that.” ~ The usual response. Here’s for anyone who needs closure…It’s time to move forward and begin anew. No more living in the fog.
“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” ~Dr. Seuss
Thus, historically viewed, it has been the office of art to educate the perception of beauty. We are immersed in beauty, but our e … yes have no clear vision.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Nature always wears the colors of the Spirit.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson