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Through a Forest Wilderness

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S: Through a Forest Wilderness

BC: The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. ~ John Muir

FC: Through a Forest Wilderness. Select photographs from some of my favorite treks. Linda Marie Gibbs

1: Cloud Over Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, CA June 2009 I took the kids to Yosemite; we camped in Curry Village. On our last morning, I looked up to see Half Dome topped with thick clouds. I did not know it when I snapped this picture, but a hiker, at that very same moment, was about to take a terrible fall. 5000 feet above the valley floor, it was hailing.

2: All day I hear the noise of waters Making moan, Sad as the sea-bird is when, going Forth alone, He hears the winds cry to the water's Monotone. The grey winds, the cold winds are blowing Where I go. I hear the noise of many waters Far below. All day, all night, I hear them flowing To and fro. ~James Joyce

3: Hite Cove, CA

4: By June our brook's run out of song and speed. Sought for much after that, it will be found Either to have gone groping underground (And taken with it all the Hyla breed That shouted in the mist a month ago, Like ghost of sleigh-bells in a ghost of snow)-- Or flourished and come up in jewel-weed, Weak foliage that is blown upon and bent Even against the way its waters went. Its bed is left a faded paper sheet Of dead leaves stuck together by the heat-- A brook to none but who remember long. This as it will be seen is other far Than with brooks taken otherwhere in song. We love the things we love for what they are. ~ Robert Frost | Summer Melt, Yosemite National Park, CA

5: These pools that, though in forests, still reflect The total sky almost without defect, And like the flowers beside them, chill and shiver, Will like the flowers beside them soon be gone, And yet not out by any brook or river, But up by roots to bring dark foliage on. The trees that have it in their pent-up buds To darken nature and be summer woods -- Let them think twice before they use their powers To blot out and drink up and sweep away These flowery waters and these watery flowers From snow that melted only yesterday. ~ Robert Frost | Mirror Lake, Yosemite

6: A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease. ~ John Muir | Two Gates. Yosemite

7: Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it. ~ Thomas Merton | Tokopah Falls, Sequoia National Park

8: Hiking up to Chilnualna Falls, in Yosemite. This is the second of three tiers in the Chilnualna series. As we approached,, the sound of water tumbling over the cliff's edge was thunderous. Reaching the top of this section, I left the trail and leaned over as far as I could to take the image of the rainbow, with Wawona Valley in the background. | Chilnualna Falls, Yosemite, CA

9: View From Chilnualna,, Yosemite, CA

11: Mineral King, CA

12: Once in a golden hour I cast to earth a seed. Up there came a flower, The people said, a weed. To and fro they went Thro' my garden bower, And muttering discontent Cursed me and my flower. Then it grew so tall It wore a crown of light, But thieves from o'er the wall Stole the seed by night. | Sow'd it far and wide By every town and tower, Till all the people cried, "Splendid is the flower!" Read my little fable: He that runs may read. Most can raise the flowers now, For all have got the seed. And some are pretty enough, And some are poor indeed; And now again the people Call it but a weed. ~ Lord Alfred Tennyson

13: “This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.” - Goethe

14: "Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." ~Lao Tzu | "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." -John Muir | Paradise Creek Trail, Sequoia National Park

15: Hite Cove, CA

16: There is something strikingly beautiful about the silhouette of a lone child playing in nature. In the Summer of 2010, the kids and I enjoyed exploring Hetch Hetchy. Of all the images taken in that stunning location, it was the image of Sophia in the tunnel that most struck a chord. Even at the end of a long hike, tiny feet are often quicker than the camera; this was my only shot before she splashed through the puddle. | Hetch Hetchy,, CA

17: La Jolla, CA

18: Hetch Hetchy, CA

19: "If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive." ~Eleonora Duse | Spring Flowers. Sequoia National Park

20: Manzanita & Sky. Bass Lake, CA

21: "There must be more to life than having everything." — Maurice Sendak | Marmot. Chilnualna Falls, Yosemite

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  • Title: Through a Forest Wilderness
  • A collection of pretty hiking pix.
  • Tags: flowers, hiking, nature, trees
  • Published: over 8 years ago