We just returned from vacation in Colorado. I love the beach but desired to see a completely different landscape. You can’t get more different than the Rocky Mountains. I saw a wild moose! And elk! Wanted to see a black bear but no such luck. Nor did I see the longhorn sheep or mountain goats, but had fun looking.
Those mountains are gorgeous. Humbling. Massive. Those ponderosa pines blow me away. We visited Garden of the Gods and Pike’s Peak. The best part was simply choosing a direction and driving mountain roads. The views! The snow!
We as individuals are served well by immersing ourselves into nature….where there’s no service to our phones … and breathe it all in. We are so tiny and the earth is so large. My belief is that Mother Earth will survive us, despite our attempts to kill it off. She will eventually shake us off and live her own life free from the fleas of humanity for her days are numbered, too.
I won’t be on here for a bit (not that many will notice!), because we are heading to Colorado. Just. For. Grins. The above photo was taken several years ago when we drove cross country to Nevada. We were spinning through the Rocky Mountains in November and snow was on the ground from West Virginia all the way to Nevada. I wasn’t thrilled about going cross country BUT with a deal that we wouldn’t drive 10 hours a day AND we would stop often and walk AND we would stop at every state line visitor center….I agreed. The eastern side of the country was more boring to be because I’d seen it already many, many times. But Kansas on I was in love! Driving is the way to go for sure as far as sight-seeing, but for efficiency’s sake we are flying this time and seeing whatever we please. I’ll be back.
“We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.”
Jacques Yves Cousteau
I confess feeling hopeless today. Hopeless for our planet and for its people. Recently, I heard a scientist on NPR talk about climate change and how we are past the point of no return. “Get used to doom,” he said. I have been disheartened ever since. How does one “get used to doom?” I’m no good at that, being the eternal optimist that I am. So this morning I feel conflicted and hopeless.
“There is no Planet B.”
(French president Emmanuel Macron)
I have a friend. A friend who challenges me while being nonjudgmental. Her critiques are honest yet delivered in kindness.
We’ve become estranged of late due to Life challenges on her part and mine. She is on my mind constantly. I miss her, yet currently our relationship is strained. The funny part is that I really don’t know why.
She would say that’s a cop-out and would grill me down to get at the root…but the last time we tried that it didn’t go very well.
We will remain friends – it’s just that our “new normal” hasn’t yet been discovered. Time. As all good things of value, it will take time.
Today, it’s storming. I love storms. Today, no beach for me but I can share this image from another storm that stayed well out to sea but gave me wonderful opportunities to breathe it in AND to take some images. Enjoy.
“No one saves us but ourselves.
No one can and no one may.
We ourselves must walk the path.”
The next few days I’ll be working side-by-side with my fellow Master Gardeners at the Annual Master Gardeners Plant Sale. Every year we offer plants of every type – trees, shrubs, herbs, vegetables, annuals, perennials, native plants, SEEDS, everything! The sale lasts 5 days at the New Hanover County (North Carolina) Arboretum. Admittance is FREE; parking is a beast. BUT you’ll find the best plants EVER there. I cannot contain my enthusiasm for I buy enough to keep the place in business.
When I’m not at the plant sale I’m walking the various gardens there. There’s a Native Plant Garden, a Rose Garden, various woodland gardens, a labyrinth, a Children’s Garden and, my favorite and the oldest part of the garden, the Japanese Garden.
Make it a great day and go plant something!
Path winding through a maritime forest leading to Zeke’s Basin, Fort Fisher, NC.