Friday, April 11, 2014

meditation on yellow

The Grand River below Pensacola Dam
October 2011

... paint in blue and black...sometimes gray - the colors of night - occasionally I surprise you with a mustard yellow, but then, I am a poet ...”
― John GeddesA Familiar Rain

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

portrait of a common buttonbush along cache creek

Common Buttonbush
Cephalanthus occidentalis L.Cache Creek
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
 Comanche County, Oklahoma

Monday, March 24, 2014

beauty shows up

Valley of Fire
Near Las Vegas, Nevada

Beauty shows up
in the thorniest of places
down unthreaded paths
and up
in unreachable stretches
like you, in this world
of all possible worlds
and your light, your light
is the light of the ages

- miguel angel gomez

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

on the banks of the euphrates

The Grand River at Little Blue State Park
Mayes County, Oklahoma
October 2011

Saturday, March 8, 2014

climb a mountain to wash her spirit clean

Mouse Tank Trail
Valley of Fire - Nevada
©trryan - February 2014

This is my 83 year old cousin hiking with me on the Mouse Tank Trail in Nevada's Valley of Fire. In the words of John Muir - she likes to "climb a mountain to wash her spirit clean." 

She'll return from the hike with that backpack stuffed with plastic debris that only her eagle eyes can spot. She'll insist on driving the hour and a half back to her home and name the stars along the way. She has no use for the color purple or wearing a red hat; she says she might when she gets old.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

sermon on the mount

Calico Basin
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
©trryan - March 2014

The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we will ever need--if only we had the yes to see. Original sin, the true original sin, is the blind destruction for the sake of greed of its natural paradise which lies all around us--if only we were worthy of it.
-Ed Abbey, Desert Solitaire 

Friday, February 28, 2014

a light left on

Photographed at La Mamounia Hotel
Room #106
Marrakech, Morocco

In the evening we came back
Into our yellow room,
For a moment taken aback
To find the light left on,
Falling on silent flowers,
Table, book, empty chair
While we had gone elsewhere,
Had been away for hours.

When we came home together
We found the inside weather.
All of our love unended
The quiet light demanded,
And we gave, in a look
At yellow walls and open book.
The deepest world we share
And do not talk about
But have to have, was there,
And by that light found out.

- May Sarton

Monday, February 17, 2014

the snake charmer of jemaa el fna

The Snake Charmer of Jemaa el Fna
Marrakech, Morocco
©trryan February 2013

Friday, February 14, 2014

a sunrise in africa

Hotel La Mamounia
Marrakech, Morocco
©trryan February 2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014

sunrise at angkor wat

Sunrise at Angkor Wat
Siem Reap, Cambodia
©trryan January 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

in the light that never was

"I had seen it through the eyes of Winnenap, in a rosy mist of reminiscence, and must always see it with a sense of intimacy in the light that never was."
-Mary Austin
Land of Little Rain

Joshua Tree National Park
November 2013

Thursday, January 23, 2014

it does not sit flatly on the rims of the earth

"Out West, the west of the mesas and the unpatented hills, there is more sky than any place in the world.  It does not sit flatly on the rims of the earth, but begins somewhere out in the space in which the earth is poised, hollows more, and is full of clean, shiny winds."
- Mary Austin
Land of Little Rain

Joshua Tree National Park
November 2013

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

giving compensation

For all the toll the desert takes of a man,

It gives compensations:

Deep breath, deep sleep,

and the communion of the stars.
-Mary Austin, Land of Little Rain

- Mary Austin
Land of Little Rain

Joshua Tree National Park
November 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

a moss mountain farm sunrise

Sunrise - Moss Mountain Farms
P. Allen Smith's Garden Home Retreat
©trryan - December 2013


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