“Wilderness to the people of America is a spiritual necessity, an antidote to the high pressure of modern life, a means of regaining serenity and equilibrium.”
~ Sigurd F. Olson, (1899-1982) American author and environmentalist
When I am overwhelmed, irritated, or simply bored with the demands of daily routine I love to escape to a “park.” Whether that park is national, state, or local; it is the sound of birds, the fresh air, and the enormity of the great outdoors that often puts my own concerns into perspective. This shot was taken on a recent visit to Banning State Park in Minnesota.
“Spring has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.”
~W. Earl Hall (1897-1969) Editor and publisher of the Mason City Globe Gazette
This is a photo of the ice going out on a river in Minnesota. If you quietly stand and watch such a site you will actually hear the ice cracking!
“I hear the passing echoes of winter and feel the warming spring on my face.”
~ Terri Guillemets (1973- ) U. S. Quotation Anthologist
An early spring day in northern Minnesota.
“If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.”
~Doug Larson, (1926- ) American Journalist
I took this shot on a gorgeous fall day while traveling out west. I was walking and felt rather envious when I noticed the men out fishing on the river. We must never get so busy that we fail to take note of the beautiful world which surrounds us!
“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh
This is late November in Minnesota. I think the gold of the grasses against the black of the water against a cloudy sky is quite striking. What do you think?