Thursday, April 16, 2009

shapes of things

It is the familiar that usually eludes us in life. What is before our nose is what we see last.
William Barrett (1918-1992) philosopher

All things change, nothing is extinguished. There is nothing in the whole world which is permanent. Everything flows onward; all things are brought into being with a changing nature; the ages themselves glide by in constant movement.
Ovid (43 BC -17 AD)Ancient Roman classical poet

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
Aldo Leopold (1887-1948)writer, ecologist, forester

We're animals. We're born like every other mammal and we live our whole lives around disguised animal thoughts.
Barbara Kingsolver (b. 1955)writer and activist

I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
E.B. White (1899-1985) writer

It could be that our faithlessness is a cowering cowardice born of our very smallness, a massive failure of imagination. Certainly nature seems to exult in abounding radicality, extremism, anarchy. If we were to judge nature by common sense or likelihood, we wouldn't believe the world existed.
Annie Dillard (b.1945) writer, best known for her narrative nonfiction

You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of your grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.
Native American Wisdom

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.
John Muir (1838-1914) engineer, naturalist, writer

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?
Robert Redford (b. 1936) actor, director, environmental activist

notes on photos:
  1. poster advertising chicago's 2007 festival of maps october 2007
  2. foucault pendulum, named after the 19th century french physicist léon foucault, who created the pendulum to visually demonstrate the earth's rotation on it's axis. cleveland museum of natural history, january 2009
  3. vermont view september 2005
  4. herd of elk in point reyes national seashore, may 2004
  5. gullfoss (golden falls) iceland, march 1999
  6. eight years after its catastrophic eruption, the land around mount st. helens is a vivid visual reminder us of the incredible power of the earth, july 1990
  7. eighteen years after signs of healing and recovery but nothing is the same as it was - mount st. helens, march 1998
  8. the badlands national park at sunset, south dakota august 1998
  9. outside the field museum, chicago, october 2007

the yardbirds shapes of things (1966) on guitar is jeff beck; who, incidentally, was inducted into the rock hall just a couple weeks ago. in 2005 q magazine included shapes of things in their list of 100 greatest guitar tracks.


for me the most powerful and fitting verse of the song for theme thursday is:

Now the trees are almost green.
But will they still be seen?
When time and tide have been.
Fall into your passing hands.
Please don't destroy these lands.
Don't make them desert sands.

36 comments:

Colette Amelia said...

My goodness where haven't you been? And it sure is a darn good thing you take that camera of yours!

Wonderful again! Have a great trip!

R.L. Bourges said...

So much here. I'll have to come back for a quiet walk-through. Certainly agree with Barbara Kingsolver, though. Things would be so much simpler if we just acknowledged that and were grateful for the chance to give voice to the experiences, instead of pretending to be different from the rest of creation and shutting ourselves off from it.

best, kimy.

Megan said...

Hey Kim? Can you be one of my 'gods on earth' type people? No pressure...

lettuce said...

ha! i was thinking something similar to Colette Amelia

I liked the "disguised animal thoughts" ( love Barbara Kingsolver)
and especially the Muir quote

Megan said...

No worshipping. Just profound contemplation, and such. :)

Ronda Laveen said...

Loved the EB White and Robert Redford quote. Oh, and John Muir too. Great pics as alwayas the music was a blast from the past.

reyjr said...

awesome photos! your post and quotes reminded me of this line from Pocahontas: "...the earth is not a dead thing you can claim..."

R.L. Bourges said...

all great. But I think I'll go with the red dot and first quote (and a nod to Megan). Yep. Very cool (relax, kimy, as Megan said: no pressure at all.)

wf says: bonnet (but you can wear a red hard-hat if you'd rather. A fuschia wig ain't bad either.) :-)

best.

JGH said...

You have quoted some of my favorite writers here today! and I love the photos too.

John Hayes said...

Very powerful photos & quotes, even by your high standards-- great job.

Candie Bracci said...

Wonderful,just wonderful!Everything

kathi said...

Another beautiful post! I love the John Muir quote. So true. Time for a walk maybe...

Roy said...

Great post on the theme, Kim! And it was good to see/hear the Yardbirds again.

The Clever Pup said...

Redford is very smart. I feel the same way when governments say being green doesn't make any fiscal sense. If there's no planet who cares about the money.

Squirrel said...

powerful and sad post, it is just unbelievable how much we abuse our mother earth.

Leah said...

You always give me such a wonderful opportunity for reflection. Thank you so much for another beautiful Theme Thursday.

Wings said...

Great, great quotes matched with some beautiful pics. Wonderful post, thank you for sharing. :)

VE said...

Great photos and quotes. I like the idea of defense of our resources. Good point Mr. Redford!

Holly said...

Fabulous....thanks for sharing

ArtSparker said...

A stately progression, globe to globe. I recognized Point Reyes from the photo. Let's hope that things are changing now, speaking of the environment.

Mrsupole said...

Always such beautiful pictures and quotes, thank you so much for sharing them with us. I agree with the others, where haven't you been and yes we are blessed that you always have your camera.

Great post. God bless.

California Girl said...

I have emailed your post to myself. With your permission, I would like to email to all my friends as well as my Green Team cohorts to honor Earth Day. The quotes are perfect. I agree with them all and the photos fit. Love it that you ended with Redford's quote. I love him. love him love him!!!

California Girl said...

ya know, I just watched the video and remembered I had that album, Rave Up. I really liked the Yardbirds. The Sixties were a very forward looking time.

Auntie, aka Dog Girl said...

Dang Girl,
You covered just about everything here.
And I agree with what Ronda L. said...the EB White quote is great.

Brian Miller said...

the EB White quote...so true. as always great play. love how you mix the pics and the quotes. quite talented.

willow said...

I especially liked the bit of Native American wisdom. Nice pix and quotes!

Baino said...

Aww you said in pictures and quotes what I found difficult to say in words. I love the Native American quote. Our indigenous population do not have a word in their language for 'own'. They managed to live here and not impact the environment for over 8,000 years, then we invaded and it all went to Hell! Great pic post.

Dakota Bear said...

Great quotes and representative pictures.

My Native American ancestors are crying over what we have done to the land. Can you feel the pain?

Liza said...

I would agree that White's quote is right on. However, Leopold's is my favorite. Loved the imagery.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

nice to read all the wonderful comments, I'm so happy that no one seems tired of my typical take on theme thursday! I have a lot of fun thinking of snaps I have that can fit a theme and then of course the fun part is coming up with appropriate quotes...I expect one day there will be theme that will totally stump me!

I'm on the road right now and will be on a bit of a blog break. hopefully I won't be fall too far behind in reading other blogs (I have computer access, thank goodness - at least for now), I still have a slew of reading to do to catch up on theme thursday posts - thank goodness for the TT blog! makes it easy to navigate.

megan - re your comment, you are too funny! namaste!

california girl - permission granted, but certainly no permission is needed. I am very honored that you wish to share this post....

happy earth everyone!

off to nibble on a few more posts while I have a few....

namaste, mouse

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

What a library of photos you always have to pull from!

I think the John Muir quote is my favorite.

Gary said...

Breathtaking photos.

You know, I was going to include a video for What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong but didn't because I thought you might include it. You outsmarted me. :)

It is a wonderful world.

Merle Sneed said...

The greatest danger of religion is its doctrine of the primacy of man in nature. Were we to acknowledge that we are just animals with a more well developed consciousness, the planet would be better off and so would we.

subtorp77 said...

Liking the Ovid and Leopold quotes. But anything by a Native American Indian, holds my attention. To be one with the land; live from it not just off it...

sheri amor said...

nice photos

j. said...

absolutely lovely.

thank you for sharing!