Posts Tagged ‘nature photography’

Above it all…

Posted: September 7, 2016 in Photography
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Sequoia National Forest, 2016

Foto by Iliana

“What defines us is how well we rise after falling.” ~Maid in Manhattan

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Sequoia National Forest 2016

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Frozen…

Foto by Iliana

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Pacifica, California  2016


Pacifica, California

Foto by Iliana

“Just living is not enough…one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” ~Hans Christian Andersen

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Pacifica, California 2016


Geronimo’s near Painted Desert

Foto by Iliana

“I was warmed by the sun, rocked by the winds and sheltered by the trees as other Indian babes.” ~ Geronimo

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Geronimo’s near Painted Desert


Valley Forge, PA

Foto by Iliana

“Anything more than the truth would be too much.” ~Robert Frost

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Valley Forge, PA 

Pillars

Posted: August 12, 2016 in Photography, Quotes
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Chokoloskee, FL

Foto by Iliana

“…the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” ~Cicero

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Chokoloskee, Florida  


Grand Canyon, 2016

Foto by Iliana

“Sunlight is painting.”

~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Grand Canyon, 2016

Tranquility

Posted: August 8, 2016 in Photography, Quotes
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Chokoloskee, Florida

Foto by Iliana

“The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil.” ~Marcus T. Cicero

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Chokoloskee Florida

 


Pacifica, California  2016

Foto by Iliana

“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” ~John Muir

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Pacifica, California  2016


General Sherman, Sequoia National Forest, 2016

Foto by Iliana

“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.” ~ e. e. cummings
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Sequoia National Forest, 2016

 

 

 


Pacifica, California  2016

Foto by Iliana

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It’s always our self we find in the sea.”
~e.e. cummings

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Pacifica, California 2016


Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Florida

Foto by Iliana

“Think and wonder, wonder and think.” ~Dr. Seuss

leaves in water


Amicalola Falls, Georgia

Foto by Iliana

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.” ~ Lord Byron
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Amicalola Falls, Georgia

 


Key Largo, Florida

Foto by Iliana

“The setting sun, and the music at the close, As the last taste of sweets, is sweetest last, Writ in rememberance more than long things past.” ~William Shakespeare

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Key Largo, Florida


Everglades, 2016

Foto by Iliana

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

~Confucius
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Everglades, 2016

Foto by Iliana

“Certain periods in history suddenly lift humanity to an observation point where a clear light falls upon a world previously dark.” ~Anne Sullivan
Everglades observation tower


Everglades City, FL

Foto by Iliana

“Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed.” ~Indra Devi
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Everglades City, Florida


Three Rivers, California, 2016

Foto by Iliana

“…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

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Three Rivers, California, 2016


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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Key West, 2016


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

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Everglades, Flamingo 2016


“The sun set, which is everyday magic…” ~Terry Pratchett     Isla Morada, FL 2016                   Foto by Iliana

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Isla Morada, FL 2016


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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Grand Canyon, 2016


“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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Gila National Forest 2016


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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Pensacola, Florida 2016

 

 


“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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Valley Forge

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. [11] 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.”[12] 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.


Valley Forge

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


autumn in georgia

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


Blinding

“Fairies are invisible and inaudible like angels.  But their magic sparkles in nature.”  ~Lynn Holland


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“My dear, I used to think I was serving humanity… and I pleasured in the thought. Then I discovered that humanity does not want to be served; on the contrary it resents any attempt to serve it.”

~Character Jubal Harshaw in Robert A. Heinlein‘s Stranger in a Strange Land 

February 14, 2002, Blueridge Mountains


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“Seek and see the marvels around you.”

~ Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

Entrance to an old abandoned mine–I think this is New Mexico. Supposedly, this “spot” has been used for many Western films.


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“…a spot meant a place where a man could feel naturally happy and strong.”

~Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

My private spot where I feel “naturally happy and strong.” I visit it often, especially when I need to get away from the sad state of planetary affairs. If you don’t have a spot, find one, quickly, especially if you feel energy zapped.


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“The further a society drifts from Truth, the more it will hate those that speak  it.” – George Orwell

Everglades, January, 2013


The Light

“From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Trail taken one early morning in 2001, Blueridge Mountains, Ga.


Usually, when visiting South Florida, tourists end up at beaches to the east or the keys to the south. Some, however, visit the Everglades. Why visit? “It is the only one of its kind in the world–another one of the unique marvels of this planet.” ~Marjory Stoneman Douglas

For those who dare to take the adventure, the path that will lead them into the enchanted forest called the Everglades is the Tamiami Trail west. Here begins the adventure into a place where wilderness still exists.

One possible itinerary, especially for those who want to keep the wilderness at bay, is as follows. Begin the tour by 7:00 a.m. at the Miccosukee resort where a sumptuous buffet breakfast awaits. After breakfast, a tour of the resort with a stop at the casino may follow. Next, a stop at the Miccosukee Museum replete with Airboat Ride and Gator Show. Lunch at the Miccosukee Restaurant found just across from Shark Valley will prepare the tourists for the last activity of the day: The Tram Ride. This ride takes the tourists on a two-hour trip. The first hour heads towards an observation tower where 360 degree views astonish the on-looker. The last hour returns the tourist to the parking/snack area. During the ride, flora and fauna are plenty–the camera is a must as myriad of shots will be available for nature photography lovers.

The evening ends at the Barbeque Pit, recently purchased by Cubans. Here is another cultural stop: an out-door tiki-style restaurant with a live band playing salsa music — dance floor with flashing lights and all greets the stunned diners.

One warning, the Everglades is real wilderness. All flora and fauna are real and dangerous. By keeping safety rules in mind, tourists are able to have a most spectacular day.

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I’ve always loved taking pictures of enchanting skies, framing the view with the flora. I took this picture the other night during a magical sunset. You are looking through the looking glass called my eyes! Hope you enjoy!



It is there where carelessness embraces her every inch of vibrating cells. His breath upon her flesh, emanating essence upon essence, forever entangled in a stream of consciousness eternally forgetting that the two are one. Upon the moment’s ceasing resonance, each return to their corner of abandonment, regenerating through a feedback loop where what was there before remains at the core but changes, a dialectical process to maintain equilibrium. Harvesting arrives and all is known for a fleeting moment, only.