Whispers

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Lift your face to the
soft summer rain whispering
among bamboo leaves.

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Autumn Icons

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I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion. — Henry David Thoreau

Shed Antler

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The bleached antler here, shed years ago by a black-tailed buck, was already white when I chanced upon it, and has remained so on a shelf in the barn. Though deer traffic is heavy through our woods, this is the only specimen I’ve found, and thus a rarity. Handling it again today, I was reminded of the diversity of natural structures that we take for granted, or that go unnoticed, in our short time among them.

Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet. —Roger Miller

Flux

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Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. —Rachel Carson

Solitude & Light

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Often, it is beautiful light that brings solitude into focus.

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There’s a difference between solitude and loneliness. —Maggie Smith

Butler Wash

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The day after hiking to Monarch Cave, Ulrich and I drove north and west to access a hiking trail into one of the small canyons in the Butler Wash area. The weather, as it had at Monarch, threatened, but held off until we’d returned to the truck.

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Curves attracted my eye on this day; is it debris, or design?

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Irrepressible

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Whether it’s juniper trees huddled on a ledge, or a crow and its shadow sailing on an updraft, life inside Arizona’s Canyon de Chelly must be resilient to endure and flourish in the unforgiving desert environment.

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What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well. —Antoine de Saint-Exupery