Posts Tagged ‘Nature’

Pacifica, California

Foto by Iliana

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


Pacifica, California 2016


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


Pacifica, California  2016

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

Everglades City, Florida

“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


Gila National Forest 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



golden walk

Golden is the day I walk in…

~The White Rabbit

Photo by Iliana

Foto by Iliana

Foto by Iliana

                   The very winds whispered in soothing accents, and maternal Nature bade me weep no more. ~Mary Shelley

Take me away

“What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea. It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience, something that never has been and never could have been experienced by anyone else.”
~Joseph Campbell

lost in clouds

“To sacrifice control and live creatively requires attention to the subtle nuances and irregular orders going on around us.”

~Briggs and Peat, The Seven Life Lessons of Chaos: Spiritual Wisdom in the Science of Change


“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
~Rachel CarsonSilent Spring

pink and blue

“…when thought, which is emotion, which is action itself, is unimpeded in its movement, is not compelled or influenced or bound by an idea, and does not proceed from the background of tradition or habit, then that movement is creative.”


parallel worlds

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
~Dr Carl Sagan


“He stood breathing, and the more he breathed the land in, the more he was filled up with all the details of the land. He was not empty. here was more than enough here to fill him. There would always be more than enough.”

~Ray BradburyFahrenheit 451


“…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.

water over rocks

“The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.”

 Woodrow T. Wilson quotes (American 28th President of the United States 18561924)

One of my favorite pictures because I remember the sounds of the rushing waters. It was also the coldest day ever! This area may be in North Carolina or Georgia–I’m not quite sure. I do know there was camping nearby as well as many natural trails leading to scenic moments such as this one. Nearby, there was a waterfall–dense woods. The best part was lunch at a nearby picnic area replete with fire pits. We got that fire started without hesitation. The warmth felt so good after a two hour hike in about 50 degree breezy weather. Yet, a group of us enjoyed the sunshine and the fire, food and drink, and, yep, we were happy campers.


Even when you think the pattern is perfect, there may be “something” that will cause a butterfly effect. But, it ain’t no butterfly. It’s the fly without the butter–amazingly, without the richness of the cream, it is a rather dull looking being that likes to hover over leftovers. Beware when it comes to quality control of anything since “The devil is in the detail(s).” Awareness is key. ~Iliana

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The  day of the sun is like the day of a king. It is a promenade in the morning, a  sitting on the throne at noon, a pageant in the evening.
~Wallace  Stevens

Henry David Thoreau
“In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations and my obligations to society.”

Nature‘s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf‘s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.”
―    Robert Frost

Early morning I was out the door trying to find some green frequencies. Along my walk, a sea of oranges and grays streamed all around me. Then, suddenly and out of no where, I saw it, a hint of green.

As I was meditating upon the sky earlier today, I noticed a familiar shape evolving. Since photography has become a very enjoyable pastime lately, I always have my handy dandy camera next to me. Voila–Captured the fleeting moment! You see there in the middle of this picture, framed by ominous clouds and signed by Nispero Leaves. Do you see what I see? Is it a butterfly? Is it a bow? Perhaps, a heart? Let me know… ~Iliana

“Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes.” ~Yoda/Star Wars

Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. With respect to luxuries and comforts, the wisest have ever lived a more simple and meagre life than the poor.” ~Henry David Thoreau 

Miami’s Hideaway Tropical Forest Bistro by Voiceless.

Deck needs sanding and painting, mums and other blooms ready for planting. Wood for burning and food for the Harvest await…late night during the Hunter’s Moon, we will rejoice with gratitude and delight for this abundant and bountiful feasting. ~ Voiceless

Beware of Peaceful Facades ~ A Storm Lurks

Sometimes, our world appears to be upside down.


Sitting on my Adirondack chair, enjoying the Florida-style fall, I glance towards the baby blue sky, sparsely dotted with puffs. Australian Pine needles glisten in the sun and sway in the cool breeze that envelops my being. What a lovely day to become one with Nature, to wonder about its ways and ponder about patience–that’s all needed to understand the why of this very moment, and why it is what it is. See through my looking glass…there is more here if you only look deeper. All is not as it seems.