Posts tagged Cedar Falls
Posts tagged Cedar Falls
“Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” ― John Muir
Winter peace #hockinghills hocking+hills
The true gift is in this moment and in this day. Yesterday is but either a pleasant memory or painful regret; tomorrow is often a needless worry. All He asks is to be fully within the gift of today.
There are places.
Deep where the spirit wanders there are places. In the turning of seasons they call again and again. Come home. It’s here where memories that hold true are illuminated and in solitude the spirit of the artist reaches out.
There are places where in the half-light of dawn or dusk you can nearly see it but more feel it - something eternal; something beyond but intimate. It rises and drifts in shadows and mist. It echoes with birdsong from cliff walls and flows with base notes of falling water.
There are places. Places of love. Places of grace.
To go alone is to go in peace and in community with all those who’ve gone before. And in these places I honor with gratitude the gift that is the opportunity to express, to touch, to experience.
Life and love resound in these places; these places of the heart; these places of the soul.
The Gift of This Day. This morning, May 14, 2012 along the stream above Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills, Ohio. I had a few hours to get out on the trail following my weekend workshop before I had to get on the road for my return drive to South Carolina.
I had photographed this location before, in November 2005. That image was published in the 2006 showcase of images for the annual summit of NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association). What I love about Hocking Hills is that the same scene is never the same. Always a different light, more or less flow in the water, shifting sandstone, new growth amongst the Hemlocks, etc. I’m grateful for this hidden and unexpected gift of today. A stream flush with rainwater and beautiful spring light of a misty morning in May.
Cedar Falls panorama in black and white
All my fears and failures. Fill my life again. Climbing.
Late winter at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills State Park. A mid-winter thaw in late February provides a welcome preview of the warmth to come. The song of a thousand drips amongst the sandstone recesses welcomes you as you descends into the cool depths. The ice monoliths of January are reduced to size before winter makes a final appearance and a new layer of ice and snow takes hold, but only briefly. A heavy mist rises from the melting ice. On the trail are layers of ice, mud and sand, pounded into a solid, slippery covering by the passing of a thousand hiking boots.
In the twilight of a winter evening the twisting roads through Hocking Hills go quiet with only the occasional traveler or local resident making their way home. Darkness falls just a few minutes later than the night before as the slow and steady progress toward spring begins. But winter doesn’t give up easily. Inevitably there is one more snowstorm that blankets the trees in a coat of white, just when hopes are rising for an end to the long season of dormant slumber in the hills.
Cedar Falls Black and White by Jim Crotty on Flickr.
Cedar Falls Black and White
Rainy day in October @ Cedar Falls #hockinghills #ohio #naturephotography