Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My roots are buried here.

bookend: Mt. Shasta




Fragrant fern and
Flowers; colors of the heart.
Garden offers life.


See the jungle maze?


Foliage thrives in a riot


Of green, breathing life.


Bird song, rustling leaves.


Turning leaves, ripening grapes, autumn: all point to change.


Content to stay in safety behind the rock walls~


But encouraged by the fiery red horse to jump for freedom~

("Cabin Fever" by Susan Rothenberg)


I follow the stepping stones to the unfettered path.


Seashells! Mild, steady, stable at sea level~

Opposite the challenges of the mountain peaks~
bookend: Mt. Lassen

19 comments:

  1. Hi Margaret

    I hope that you are rested and enjoyed your Californian sojourn.

    This is a lovely selection of wild and domestic scenes but I am intrigued by the walls that offer comfort and safety juxtaposed with the yearning to leap...

    Happy days Margaret

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  2. Bookended by mountain peaks, with those gorgeous expanses in between. Glorious colours brimming over with life. Wonderful to see!

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  3. Certainly a beautiful area for your roots to be buried in Margaret. Some are meant to leave their roots and leapt the rock walls to follow the unfettered paths and thrive, while others are content to stay rooted between their walls and bookends and yet thrive. I stayed rooted.

    Smiles,
    Wanda

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  4. Bookended by the majesty of mountain peaks - how fortunate you are.

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  5. OMG Where is this?
    it is breathtakingly beautiful. And you lived there? What are doing, moving away.

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  6. So beautiful! I love mountains and can feel the call of the mountain peaks

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  7. Margaret, these photos are amazing. I envy your travels!!! Thank you for sharing with us so generously. Blessings!

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  8. Welcome home from home Margaret. Glad to have you back and with great pictures to share. Really enjoy your views. Thanks for sharing

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  9. Lovely photos, I like the stepping stones!

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  10. lOVE ALL THE PICTURES OF THIS AREA YOU MAKE IT LOOK SO INVITING UP HERE. LOL rHONDA

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  11. Hi Margaret! I loved this post, great words and lovely photos! I especially love the rock wall!!!
    :-)

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  12. Hi Delwyn! Yes, that's the dichotomy of my life (among others!). LOVE xxox
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    Hi Lynne! Those bookends are in the Cascade mountain range--you have some peaks up there, too? Ah, the Pacific Northwest! LOVE xxox
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    Hi Wanda! You stayed rooted, and you certainly thrived! I think I've tried both and managed to thrive in both arenas. When you turn back, though, you're filled with melancholy for a moment. LOVE xxox
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    Hi Bonnie! Those mountains both have a volcanic background, too! Mt. Lassen last erupted in 1915! LOVE xxox
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    Hi Friko! Everyone always asks me why I would leave California for New Jersey! The easy answer is that's where the work is! LOVE xxox
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    Hi Gry! And you have the most beautiful mountains in the world! LOVE xxox
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    Hi Marion! Thanks! I think Snowbrush is out there somewhere, too!
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    Hi Blues! Thanks for your comments! and glad to see you back posting beautiful autumn scenery on your blog.
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    Hi Saj! Thanks--the stepping stones were really fun (and easy) to make, too! LOVE xxox
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    Hi Sharon! You came from a similar background, too, didn't you? I remember your illustration of your family's farm.
    LOVE xxox
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    Hi Rhonda! I can't believe how beautiful that area is in the fall! Really different from the dry, dry summers. LOVE xxox
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    Hi Rain! Thanks for the comments! The rock walls were all made from volcanic rock from the 1915 eruption of Mt. Lassen--miles and miles of it. LOVE xxox

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  13. Hi Margaret.. Glad you stopped by. I love you choice of pics in this post. Very pretty...julie

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  14. une pensée du soir pour toi Margaret...
    ton post est tres zen...toute cette nature apaise l'ame...merci a toi pour tes visites..c'est toujours le meme plaisir de te lire...
    a bientot....

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  15. Hi Julie! Thanks! I liked yours, too! LOVE xxox
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    Salut Clo! j'espere pour toi que ton art et la nature ont tranquilise l'esprit. Ca m'aide beaucoup aussi. J'aime ton idee de zen--de mediter, de regarder a l'interieur de soi, de savoir instinctivement. Merci de cette visite. Je suis vraiment ravie que tu es revenue! Bises, Margaret

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  16. Beautiful bookends... as long as the volcanoes underneath don't turn active again... very peaceful easy feeling here... looks like you've been having some beautiful days out tramping around the countryside. (and I mean tramping a good sense; as in travelling !)

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  17. Hi Owen! Glad to see you here! I just heard there is some volcanic activity stirring under the muontains in the States of Washington--same mountain range. However, it is so peaceful to spend a lot of free time tramping outdoors in such serene settings. Too bad I didn't have Saj and Lynne with me for some real tramping! :)

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