Don’t Forget to See the Beauty

There’s a lot of politics going on right now. Believe me, I’m as pissed off as most other people, even though my job is not directly affected. Still, I don’t think I have that much to add, and meanwhile Vermont is in the midst of the most beautiful fall in recent memory (disclaimer: they are all the most beautiful in memory because it isn’t possible to remember how beautiful it is after it is gone).

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I’ve modified some of these photos to accentuate the color. They may look a bit ‘fake’ but believe me when I say… in person the colors are far more vibrant than even these modified photos. I don’t know how it is possible… but it is true.

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The photos that I didn’t modify seemed oddly dull, and nothing like reality…

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It’s really one of the wonders of the natural world, and worth seeing at least once in your life, if you have the opportunity. I’m lucky that I am able to see it every year, right outside my window.

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Perhaps the owner of this building doesn’t see the beauty in this, but it’s very striking. My parents came to visit last week, so I spent quite a bit of time ‘leaf peeping’ with them and enjoying showing Vermont to two people who had spent almost no time here in the past. Doing this always is a reminder not to take things for granted, though it’s hard to take something so vibrant for granted…

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So a few thoughts and quotes and more pictures of the beauty that we are so lucky to be surrounded by…

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Driving home I see those flooded fields
How can people not know what beauty this is?
I’ve taken it for granted my whole life
Since the day I was born

~Neko Case, fellow Vermont transplant (she lives just over the hills somewhere)… <a href="http://nekocase.com/music/discography/fox-confessor-brings-the-flood/ (this song will always remind me of maples turning red early in the fall of 2011 when they were inundated by Irene’s horrible floods.)

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i hope that I don’t sound too
insane when I say there is darkness
all around us
i don’t feel weak but i do
need sometimes for her to protect me
and reconnect me
to the beauty
that i’m missing

~the avett brothers, January Wedding (we aren’t actually getting married until next summer 🙂 )

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headed north, the rain it turned to snow
through rusty towns and dusty gravel roads
i said grandpa, where is this thing you wanted to show me
he said kid, you’ve got a long way to go.

cloud cult, ‘transistor radio’

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and of course…

“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”
― Edward Abbey

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i flooded my sleeves as i drove home again

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