October 09, 2003

Light of Day

image copyright Fred First

"These blessed mountains are so compactly filled with God's beauty, no petty personal hope or experience has room to be... the whole body seems to feel beauty when exposed to it as it feels the campfire or sunshine, entering not by the eyes alone, but equally through all one's flesh like radiant heat, making a passionate ecstatic pleasure-glow not explainable. One's body then seems homogeneous throughout, sound as a crystal." -- John Muir

Posted by fred1st at October 9, 2003 06:25 AM | TrackBack

Thank you! For the reminder of the quiet and beauty that's still out there, beyond the hurried, fragmented, "city" life most of us live most of the time.

Posted by: Lin B at October 9, 2003 08:26 AM

"I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
-Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

There's a wonderful book by Ms Rawlings called 'Cross Creek', which was also made into a film with the same title starring Mary Steenburgen, Peter Coyote, Rip Torn, & Alfre Woodard. If you're not familiar with the story, i'm sure you'd love it. It was a bit about how she came to write 'The Yearling', but mostly it was about connection to place.

Have a lovely day fred!

Posted by: Anne at October 9, 2003 10:57 AM

Just two more weeks until my trip up to Berry College, where I have rented a room at the guest cottages for the whole weekend. I plan to hike the mountain trails up around the reservoir and absorb all the "radiant heat" of God's beauty that I can.

Posted by: Curt at October 9, 2003 12:27 PM

Fabulous photo and excellent match for the quote.

Reminds me of the morning I woke up in the middle of Muir Woods in Northern California. Peaceful, comforting, calming.

Posted by: Da Goddess at October 9, 2003 02:58 PM

"I need not shout my faith. Thrice eloquent
Are quiet trees and the green listening sod;
Hushed are the stars, whose power is never spent;
The hills are mute; yet how they speak of God!"
SILENCE by Charles Hansen Towne

Posted by: Jenny at October 10, 2003 03:08 AM

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