Sunday, October 31, 2010

First Dawn

"Yes, I now feel that it was then on that evening of sweet dreams that the very first dawn of human love burst upon the icy night of my spirit. Since that period I have never seen nor heard your name without a shiver half of delight, half of dreams"
Edgar Allen Poe

Absolutely love how the light gradually fills the sky with color, accenting the shadows of Pisgah National Forest. Stunning natural beauty... The cold air just makes it all more magical...Incredible visibility. What are all these flocks of tiny black birds? There are dozens soaring together across the sky...Counting planes. Six. Beginning to know the daily Asheville airport flight plans. What a great time to fly.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

To Love

"I have seen the truth. It is not as though I had invented it with my mind. I have seen it, seen it, and the living image of it has filled my soul forever …In one day, one hour, everything could be arranged as one. The chief thing is to love."
~ Fyodor Dostoevsky
Mountain Ridge, my heart, glows passionately...

Friday, October 29, 2010

Victories of the Soul

"There are victories of the soul and spirit.
Sometimes, even if you lose, you
Elie Wiesel

Light clouds along ridge. Ageless shadow and silhouette. Mountain strength. Holy. Humbled by beautiful ribbons of orange blue gold...We are, at the same time insignificant... and essential...Hints of fire, passion, make the clouds glow red. The sun is coming!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Oh, My Passion!

"Oh, my passion!
That is what finally carried me through.
passion burn all the way,
heating up every layer of the psyche."
~ Natalie Goldberg

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Feels the Light

Yipeee!! Can't believe the sky opened for me!

"Faith is the bird that feels the light
sings when the dawn is still dark."
Rabindranath Tagore

Earlier HOPE (always for me) for sun to crest with all that lavender sky gone. Now it's all gray and raining. Calm & quiet. Gentle cool rain... Finishing my prayers & counting my blessings... No matter what the weather condition, it is always breath-catching beautiful along this ridge. I love Asheville... I got a glorious sunrise!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

As Loving As You Can

"Don't be afraid to feel as angry or as loving as you can,
because when you feel nothing, it's just
~ Lena Horne

Oh man, it is gorgeous on my ridge. Fantastic clouds and light and I am just thrilled here.

Sunrise on tumblr

Sunday, October 24, 2010

I Can

"The day's blow rang out, metallic -- or it was I, a bell awakened, and what I heard was my whole self saying and singing what it knew: I can."
Denise Levertov

I've got clouds this morning and beautiful orange ribbons of light and hope ablaze in the sky...Yesterday's disquieting day magically is pulled away by the vortex beauty...Vivid color floods the sky.

Sunrise on tumblr

Saturday, October 23, 2010


"Life delights in life."
~ William Blake

Not a cloud in the sky. Golden light against dark ridge. Contrast makes me realize how all the colors are necessary... I wish there was a way for me to capture how the bright sun makes every leaf look like a shimmering jewel this morning.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Deep, Deep

"Look deep, deep into nature,
and then you will
understand everything better."
Albert Einstein

Light, no clouds. Counting airplanes & crows in the sky. Dreaming. Waiting for the sun...Nothing more perfect than this moment...Forest in front of my house ablaze with glorious maples. Photo:

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Yearn for Something

First one, my dear, older Casio with the broken shutter... (Many miles traveled together; Great emotional attachment.) Second photo, my new Panasonic Lumix with enough features to make my head spin. Yearning here.

"The best antidote I have found
is to yearn for something.
As long as you yearn, you can't congeal:
there is a forward motion to
~ Gail Godwin

Monday, October 18, 2010

Pure Love

"Some emotions don’t make a lot of noise.
It’s hard to hear pride.
Caring is real faint -- like a heartbeat.
And pure love -- why some days
it’s so quiet, you don’t even know it’s there."
Erma Bombeck

Blue sky is streaked with orange and this black crow is making a lot of noise... Magnificent, magnificent clouds. Stunning. Sun nearly cresting. Close to tears here...That was a good one.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

Dancing Star

Overwhelming, pure light. So much white light...

"One must have chaos in oneself
in order to
give birth to a dancing star."
Friedrich W. Nietzsche

Light reveals the contour of my ridge. Sensual strength. The Pisgah Mountain forest is about 50% yellow. The gold mixed with green trees-- so very pretty this tapestry. Pool of light fog in the valley... Stunning display of fall colors and light...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Accept Change

"The secret of a happy life
is to
accept change gracefully."
Jimmy Stewart

Clouds and haze along the ridge are not necessarily a bad thing when one is chasing the sun. Engulfed in a light fog, the sky radiates orange gossamer. Some sort of Hollywood special effect... Spectacular sunrise. As if the heavens knew about the miracle going on in Chile.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Caring for Others

My ridge glows pink, then in seconds, transforms to intensified red...Wild!

"Caring for others creates the spirit of a nation."
Pat Nixon

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Root of Knowledge

"Wonder, rather than doubt,
is the root of
Abraham Joshua Heschel

Brightness. The sun bursts through. The mountain top, shaped like the curve of two cupped hands. An offering, homage, blessing... I am in awe. And delighted.

Friday, October 8, 2010

True Joy

Ahh, Sunrise. Twelve hours earlier... dusk...

"Without kindness there can be no true joy."
Thomas Carlyle

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Deep Listening & Truth Telling

"Our world is incomplete
until each of us
what moves us--our passion.
No other person can hear our calling.
We must
listen and act on it for ourselves.
To hear it, we need a positive environment
that supports deep listening and truth telling."
~ Richard J. Leider

No clouds this morning. Just a mighty fine orange glow along my ridge. Absolutely beautiful. There's a glow of gold intensity, just before sun crests. Like to think that's passion of our dreams, talents, creativity, waiting to rise...So this morning, I celebrate that glow, at the heart of EVERY creative endeavor.

Another view of the sunrise: Tumblr

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Burst Into Flame

"In everyone's life, at some time,
our inner fire goes out.
It is then burst into flame by an encounter
with another
human being.
We should all be thankful for those people
who rekindle the inner
Albert Schweitzer

A prayer to this moon sliver, a morning greeting along my ridge: That sliver moon rises and the sky is full of gold light. No clouds, just magic this morning on the ridge...Hmmm. Is it really 33 degrees on this lanai? #gladmyuggsareon:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Simply Throbbing

"Develop interest in life as you see it;
in people, things, literature, music--
the world is so rich,
simply throbbing
with rich treasures, beautiful souls,
and interesting people. Forget yourself."
~ Henry Miller

Monday, October 4, 2010

Life's Challenges

"Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you,
they're supposed to
help you discover who you are."
Bernice Johnson Reagon

Dawn's light reveals the colors of morning along Pisgah Forest. The cold air and punctuating clouds promise a fine sunrise... Clouds over Asheville. Now. Waiting for the sun... and your dreams:

Sunday, October 3, 2010

In Solitude

"In solitude the mind gains strength
and learns to lean upon itself."
Laurence Sterne

Too beautiful a sunrise to even notice the chill on my bare feet... I always catch my breath just before the crest. Always.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

For the First Time

"Do not say, 'It is morning,'
and dismiss it with a name of yesterday.
See it for the first time as a newborn
child that has no name."
Rabindranath Tagore

Friday, October 1, 2010

Delicious Autumn!

"Delicious Autumn!
My very
soul is wedded to it,
and if I were a bird
I would fly about the earth
seeking the successive autumns."
George Eliot

Clean chill in the air. And for the first time in days, stars are twinkling above me, whispering, "the sun is coming."

No clouds along my mighty ridge: Asheville this morning, watercolor clarity: ...No hurts, all peace. The mountain air resounds with possibilities.