We are a Tapestry

"My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue, an everlasting vision of the ever-changing view. A wond'rous woven magic in bits of blue and gold, a tapestry to feel and see impossible to hold." lyrics by Carole King Woven into the fabic of my life has been...

Shades of Brilliance

“Our world, and the worlds around and within it, is aflame with shades of brilliance we cannot fathom — and is far more vibrant, far more holy, than we could ever imagine.” ~Sy Montgomery Sunset over the Flattops,Colorado

A Different Purpose

It was strange being in a light long sleeved shirt all day in the middle of October, no jacket until the sun went down. No complaints from me, it gave me a chance to attempt a little impromptu birding along the Arkansas River. The birding ended up being mainly hiking....

We’ll Cross That Bridge

There are no guarantees what we’ll find around the bend. but the future looks bright as long as we are walking together. Should we encounter difficulty, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it, and know we have what it takes to go on. Ohio Creek Valley, Colorado

Love Is

"We love the things we love for what they are." ~Robert Frost White-tailed Deer, ColoradoLove does not comprehend limitations imposed by outside forces and therefore does not know to obey their restraints. Love does not recognize such superfluous concepts as age,...

Prize of Life

“Of life's two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer's hand.” ~Khalil Gibran Great Blue Heron, St Vrain River, ColoradoNice catch! The labor of this Great Blue Heron paid off well with a nice-sized lunch, a...

Law of the Heart

“For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law.” ~Apostle Paul (Galatians 3:21) Telluride, ColoradoRighteousness does not come to a nation through its laws or its courts. Rules only result in temporary subjugation, as...

Ascend Above

Somewhere between the bottom and the top I became aware that it was not the mountain I was climbing. I was there to satisfy the driving desire to ascend above myself. Mount Chapin, Colorado

Textures of Winter

"I think of you.Sometimes.In the way that one might think of the summer sunshineOn a winter night…”~ Sreesha Divakaran, Those Imperfect Strokes Wyoming

Savor the Pleasure

“The mountain has left me feeling renewed, more content and positive than I’ve been for weeks, as if something has been given back after a long absence, as if my eyes have opened once again. For this time at least, I’ve let myself be rooted in the unshakable sanity of...

There for the Taking

“Some days he climbed over the foothills of indifference to see the landscape of his life and future for what it was: mappable, traversable, achievable.”~ Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King San Juan Mountains, Colorado


Home isn’t always a place, but it can be a feelingIt may be a personoften a memoryIt tends to be where you go when you run out of places to gothe whisper that drives you away from homes that aren’t….homeHome is where the soul runs barefootwhere your love unpacks it’s...

I see you. Do you see me?

"Being seen is about simply existing in your truth and allowing others to witness that without attempting to hide, diminish, or justify yourself. When we allow someone to truly see us, we invite a deeper, more authentic connection." ~Celeste Larsen WyomingIt’s a crisp...

Adopt Nature’s Pace

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Northeast Colorado near the confluence of the Big Thompson River

Memory Artforms

Memories are like art. You can't change what's already on the canvas, but meanings can change over time with maturity, insight and grace. The growth in our lives causes us to redefine the past in ways that are less hurtful. Looking back doesn't have to be a...

Let’s Walk

West Elk Mountains, ColoradoI’ll walk this path, rather than drive, to feel the earth beneath my feet –soft moist soil, grasssolid immovable rockcrackling twigs andcrispy fallen leavesI want to hear the sounds of the forest, not the engine of my car –rushing breezes...

Smoothing the Hardness

"Sense how Even the smooth stones ache With stories of their own In the shuddering light of day." ~Scott Hastie St. Elmo, ColoradoI lost a dear friend to covid yesterday. After I hung up the phone from hearing the shocking news from her broken-hearted husband, I began...

It’s here…now what

The circle of life continues to spin, whether we like it or not. Change happens…whether we like it or not. The passing season gives way to the coming season, whether we like it or not. Therein is a problem. We insist on liking/disliking, judging good from bad,...

Champagne Mist

“you make autumn misttaste like champagneand turn winter raininto the elixir of life itself.”~ Sanober Khan Mt. Magazine, ArkansasThis was my first time to photograph fall in Arkansas, and what a special treat it was. Arkansas has done a wonderful job creating state...

Irresistible Radiance

Irresistible is the beautyand radiance is the glowof a kind andgentle heart… ~DGR

Beauty, Life Leading

“I am hopeful because love overflows from my heart. Gratitude for beauty and life leads my way.”~ Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life Alum Cove, Arkansas

Cultivate Gratitude

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Oklahoma DougArt

Upbeat Views

As light pierces into darkness, new thoughts take over in the mind and allow upbeat views to gain power if we are open to them. ~DGR Guanella, Colorado

What sparks your joy?

Don’t ever lose touch with whatever it is that sparks your joy, no matter what. This moose is mine, yours could be very different, but go there as often as you can. Do it for yourself. Do it for me. Do it for everyone you know and meet because the last thing the world...

I am still whole

Sometimes we come together, sometimes we go our own ways. The secret is in realizing our wholeness in the unique journeys of both!Bull Moose (mooses? meese??)WyomingGrand Teton National Park, Wyoming

I Believe

“My Daily Meditation surrounding Self Confidence;I believe in myself. I believe in those who work with me. I believe in my partners and investors. I believe in my friends. I believe in my family. I believe that God will lend me everything I need with which to succeed...

Rain will do that

McDonald County, MissouriIf you could see my original photograph right out of the camera you would believe me when I say I did not alter the colors you see here. Rain has a way of making everything look over-saturated, in much the same way that troubles accentuate...

Time Flows

"The passage of time is probably the most basic, most predictable concept in the universe, yet I find that it constantly surprises me and I hear myself thinking, “Where did the time go?”Northeastern Oklahoma

Trail Blazers

Our way has become more clear by the courage of those who have gone before, by the affirming wisdom in their voice, and the unfaltering love in their heart.Northern Colorado

Taking it in

"When a stranger appears at your door,feed him for three daysbefore asking who he is,where he’s come from,where he’s headed.That way, he’ll have strengthenough to answer.Or, by then you’ll besuch good friendsyou don’t care."~ Naomi Shihab Nye, Red Brocade Arapahoe...

I see you in me

“the sun shines down upon us, the lucky ones…you’re the radiant autumn leaves, so bright and vibrant, so vivid and ablaze with warming colors…i am your reflection in the river, only just a bit darker, and hazy opaque, and slightly blurred, more cooled by the waters...

Getting to know you

I know most of the mountains in my local area by name, and I've climbed at least two dozen of them, some several times. I like it when one of my kids ask me, "Hey, dad, what's the name of that mountain?" and I can tell them! It's not because I googled it, or because I...

See it through

"SEE IT THROUGH with clarity, creativity and confidence!" Anthracite Range (West Elk Mountains), Colorado

Find your happy place

Set stakes around your own happiness. Mark a territory that allows you to stretch, breathe, worship, and live out on your terms. Call it yours. Make it home.Gore Range, Colorado

More that meets the eye

“… haste can do nothing with these hills. I knew when I had looked for a long time that I had hardly begun to see.”~ Nan Shepherd White River National Forest, Colorado

Present and accounted for

"Let your presence be known. Let your absence be felt."~Beesaudat Bull Elk, Colorado

Tectonic Layers of Life

"The tectonic layers of our lives rest so tightly one on top of the other that we always come up against earlier events in later ones, not as matter that has been fully formed and pushed aside, but absolutely present and alive."-- Bernhard Schlink South Park, taken...

Meet me there

"Meet me down by the river, under the shade of the old pine. We'll dip our feet and talk about adventures in our minds as we bask in soft breezes from butterfly wings…" ~DGR Lower Cataract, Colorado

Step out to step in

"Step out from behind the cold veil without fear or reluctance, without embarrassment or apprehension, without malice or shame. Step in to the warming rays of hope and healing, laughter and joy, peace and calm. Look forward in confidence. Walk in the knowledge of...

All in

"You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water." ~Rabindranath Tagore Bull Moose, Colorado

He’s there anyway

“And she would not hold back his limbs when his heart was gone to the woods…”~Lord Dunsany, The King of Elfland’s Daughter Kebler Pass, Colorado

When lost is okay

"Some beauty can’t be discovered without getting lost!" ~DGR (Somewhere in the Gore Mountains of Colorado)

Eye love you

“Beauty made love to your eyes and gave birth to my unborn smile.”~ Curtis Tyrone Jones Colorado Quaking Aspen

All Flourish

“Where'er you walk, cool glades shall fan the glade Trees, where you sit, shall crowd into a shade: Where'er you tread, the blusing flow'rs shall rise, And all things flourish where you turn your eyes.” ~Alexander Pope (Poet, 1688-1744) Note: This poem became the most...


Here we are. You, standing there staring at me, suspicious of my every move. Me, watching you, wondering if I can trust you. The choice before us to respect, to trust, to act worthy of being trusted exemplifies the magnificent creatures we.truly.are. We must. North...

Never Ending Grandeur

“The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming [dusk], on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round...