Call of the Wilderness

“The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom.”

~Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), 26th President of the United States of America

(Quote Source: quoteaddicts.com)

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Autumn colors begin to make their annual appearance in northern Wisconsin.

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A lovely walkway…

“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we only tune in.”

~George Washington Carver (1860s-1943), American botanist and inventor

(Quote Source: smithsonianmag.com)

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A lovely walkway at Burwell Park in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Juvenile Sandhill Crane

“Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty.  It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language.  The quality of cranes lies, I think, in this higher gamut, as yet beyond the reach of words.”

~ Aldo Leopold (1887-1948), A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There

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I was startled to come upon this juvenile Sandhill Crane standing alone in a clearing.  No doubt the parents had taken cover by hiding among the trees in the background.

Old Tree

“Soak up the sun
Affirm life’s magic
Be graceful in the wind
Stand tall after a storm
Feel refreshed after it rains
Grow strong without notice
Be prepared for each season
Provide shelter to strangers
Hang tough through a cold spell
Emerge renewed at the first signs of spring
Stay deeply rooted while reaching for the sky
Be still long enough to
hear your own leaves rustling.”

~ Dr. Karen Shragg, Think Like a Tree 

(Quote Source: spiritoftrees.org)

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I have often wished that old trees could share their stories.

Roadside Picnic

“Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of the one who sees.”

~Rumi, (1207-1273) Persian poet, Islamic jurist, and theologian

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This was a delightful spot for a roadside picnic while my husband and I traveled across North Dakota.  We lingered much longer than our original plan just to soak up the sunshine, the water, and the fresh air.

Visit the Great Outdoors!

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

~ Gustave Flaubert, (1821-1880) French Novelist

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Summer is just around the corner.  What an opportune time to see new sites and reconnect with the great outdoors!  I took this shot on a road trip across Montana.  Where might you be planning to travel this year?