“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us”

 

Monday, July 25, 2011


What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us”   ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is “what lies within us” that will inspire our work and make it uniquely our own. If determines how we see the world and how we respond to what we see. Each of us has a spring of creativity within and it’s up to us as artists and creators to tap into this spring, without it all we do will, at best, be mediocre.

This old truck may have outlived its usefulness, but is now a thing of beauty.

Enjoy,
Tom

“Selves are dull compared to everything else.  Self-expression doesn’t interest me…”


Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Selves are dull compared to everything else.  Self-expression doesn’t interest me.  The rest of the universe is so much bigger, more varied and more interesting than any self and, in any case, the self is never left out.”   ~ David Vestal

I have always found the concept of “self expression” a bit pretentious. After all, each of us is just one drop in the sea of existence. We can’t help have a a bit of originality, because we each see the world around us in our own unique way, but if we insist on it, we soon end up “dry” and start doing the same things over and over and lose the creative spark that lies within. If we open ourselves up to the great world around us, we will seldom lack for inspiration, after all, existence is by its nature, infinite.

Here we have a little critter surveying the vastness around him.

Enjoy,

Tom

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”


Wednesday, July 13, 2011


The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”   ~ John Muir

I have always found this to be true. In the forest, there is always magic. It calms the mind and heals the soul and if one travels quietly, the most amazing things can happen and the most wonderful creatures can appear along the trail. The ills of civilization just seem to drop away and I find myself fully alive and engaged.

Here is a perfect example. These little critters are usually scurrying around like busy little bees and yet, as I step between two pines to get a better view of the falls, this little guy is sitting perfectly still, right at the very edge of the cliff in seeming deep contemplation of the falls. Magic!

Enjoy,

Tom

“The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago… had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.”


Monday, July 11, 2011


The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago… had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.”   ~ Havelock Ellis

What joy there is in the natural world. The sun warms our days, lights our way and provides endless energy for all who live on earth. The moon and stars enchant our nights, yet I fear Mr. Ellis is correct. How sad. If we don’t learn to respect and care for the very things that give us life, what will happen to us, our children, our grand children? Tomorrow is really just one day away and you can never go back to yesterday.

The full moon enchants Haystack. When this image is enlarged, you can see the Seagulls, already awake, on the beach, ready to embrace the magic of a new day.

Enjoy,

Tom

“For the Lakota there was no wilderness. Nature was not dangerous but hospitable, not forbidding but friendly.

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Friday,July 8, 2011


For the Lakota there was no wilderness. Nature was not dangerous but hospitable, not forbidding but friendly.”   ~ Luther Standing Bear

Remember, we are not trying to save the “wilderness,” but the very land itself, which is our one, and only home. When the last tree is dead, the last river polluted, the last birdsong silenced, then what will we do, where will we go, what will we eat? The only power I have left to fight with is my art, my images, to show the beauty that still remains of our poor endangered homeland.

Here a wild river still runs free, may it do so for eternity!

Enjoy,

Tom

“Be like the flower, turn your face to the sun.”


Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Be like the flower, turn your face to the sun.”   ~ Kahlil Gibran

Ah, early July! What a truly sweet time of the year. Sunny, not to hot, not to cold, the air is fresh and clean. Makes one just want to lie around and soak it all in, or better yet, go out and get some images!

Some wild tiger lilies enjoying the summer sun peeping through the forest.

Enjoy,

Tom