Solitude, the Gift of Rebirth.

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Solitude, the gift of rebirth.

My birthday, the big one, the kind that relatives flock around you,

friends adore you, family loves you, and I retreated.

To be alone.

The best gift of self, to reconnect with your true self.

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“A man becomes a solitary at the moment when,

no matter what may be his external surroundings,

he is suddenly aware of his own inalienable solitude

and sees that he will never be anything but solitary.”

                                                       Thoughts of Solitude, by Thomas Merton

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The Day

Begins and ends with a walk,

not quite alone, as you can see.

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The Place

The cabin, 6,300′ above sea level, featuring the stream,

the river, nature in true form,

Sonora Pass, Stanislaus National Forest.

Summer, yet at this elevation it is spring.

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The Gift:

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Douglas Creek Falls.

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The batholith, 65 million years ago I would be deep inside a volcano.

What is time,

but the tilt of the planet,

in relation to its traverse around the sun?

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Life, with all its challenges…

“All truly contemplative souls have this in common:

not that they gather exclusively in the desert,

or they shut themselves up in reclusion,

but they are where He is, 

there they are.”

                                                                      Thoughts of Solitude, by Thomas Merton

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Life clings to rock.

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A natural spring which drains into the meadow,

and Delphinium Polycladon, Mountain Marsh Larkspur.

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Stream to meadow, wildflowers along the bank.

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Gentianopsis holopetela, or Sierra fringed gentian.

“Although he is a traveler in time,

he has opened his eyes,

for a moment,

in eternity.”

                                                                                    Thoughts of Solitude, by Thomas Merton

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Wild Orchid.

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Fritillaria recurva, or scarlet fritillary.

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Mentzelia laevicaulis, the blazing star.

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Achillea millefolium, Common Yarrow or Milfoil.

“In ancient times in instituting the system of Change,

the sages, with the hidden assistance of spiritual intelligence,

created the system of divination by the use of milfoil stocks.

                                                                       The Book of Changes (I Ching)

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Wyethia mollis, or mules ears.

“Once I, Chuang Chou, dreamed that I was a butterfly

and was happy as a butterfly.

I was conscious that I was quite pleased with myself,

but I did not know that I was Chou.

Suddenly I awoke, and there I was, visibly Chou.

I do not know whether it was Chou dreaming

that he was a butterfly

or the butterfly dreaming that it was Chou.”

                                               The Chuang Tzu

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Lilium parvum, or alpine lily.

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Sulfur Buckwheat.

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Erigeron breweri Gray, Brewer’s Fleabane.

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Hyperiycum perforatum L., Saint John’s wort.

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The South Fork of the Stanislaus River.

“On the further bank the willows wept in perpetual lamentation,

their hair about their shoulders. The river reflected whatever it chose

of sky and bridge and burning tree. There one might have sat the clock round

lost in thought.

Thought – to call it by a prouder name than it deserved –

had let its line down the stream.

It swayed, minute after minute, hither and thither among the reflections

and the weeds, letting the water lift it and sink it,

until – you know the little tug –

the sudden conglomeration of an idea at the end of one’s line:

and then the cautious hauling of it in, and the careful laying of it out?

Alas, laid on the grass how small, how insignificant this thought

of mine looked; the sort of fish that a good fisherman puts back into

the water so that it may grow fatter and be one day worth

the cooking and eating.”

                                           A Rooms of One’s Own, Virginia Wolf

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Trout, home of the otter and beaver who are now seldom seen.

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Douglas Creek, a gravity flow water source.

“If only the present moment exists, 

in actuality water does not flow.

It is a metaphor of our experience of time.”

                                                                    Philosopher Seng-Chao (384-414 CE.)

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Mint.

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Wild Rose.

“For inner silence depends on a continual seeking,

a continual crying in the night,

a repeated bending over the abyss.”

                                                         Thoughts of Solitude, by Thomas Merton

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Dudleya cymosa and Sedum obtusatum, Sierra Stonecrop (hen and chicks).

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Calochortus venustus, White Mariposa Lily.

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Ribes sanguineum, also known as blood currant.

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Currant. A tasty treat.

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Inky Cap mushroom.

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Ground mushroom.

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Toadstool or mushroom. Do not eat!

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Home of the Antlion. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antlion 

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Gooseberry.

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Manzanita Bark.

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Woodpeckers store acorns in these holes.

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Doe and fawn visit.

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 I view the artist as person who can step outside of self, 

a person that allows the unknown to emerge.

The expanding nature of the universe accommodates

the development of future new events. 

The metaphor of water,

follows the development of the self,

who rides the flowing expansion,

conforming, accepting, and releasing the past.

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“The motive of science was the extension of man, an all sided into nature,

tell his hands should touch the stars, 

his eyes see through the earth,

his ears understand the language of the beast and bud,

and the sense of the wind;

and through his sympathy,

heaven and earth should talk to him.”

Essays and TraitsBeauty, Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Photos: D.A. Hartley

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Please help preserve this beautiful planet, and the Nature that I love.

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http://www.350.org

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Please join the Sierra Club:

http://www.sierraclub.org/

Thank you!

Dear friends,

The action isn’t all in DC.

It’s true that tens of thousands of people will converge in Washington, DC for the largest action against climate change in US history, but we understand that not everyone can make the trip.

In fact, there’s important work to be done all across the country — from divesting our schools and cities from fossil fuels, to keeping the pressure on politicians who want to build Keystone XL no matter what Obama says.

That’s why there’s a solidarity rally being organized in your area on the 17th, and we hope you can join. Here are the details:

WHEN: Sunday, February 17th, 1-3pm
WHERE: One Market Plaza, 1 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94105
WHAT: Join over 70 organizations and thousands of citizens to encircle the State Department Office at One Market Plaza. Demand that the Department reject the permit for Keystone XL.

Click here to RSVP: www.350bayarea.org/forward_on_climate_bay_area_rally

This will be the biggest climate march that we know of in Bay Area history, with folks coming from as far away as Sacramento and Santa Cruz. California has made extraordinary and bold progress toward halting the climate crisis, but if Obama does not take similarly bold action, our state will suffer the consequences along with the rest of the world.

Solidarity events like this are how we show there is a nation-wide climate movement united against Keystone XL and climate change. We look forward to seeing you in the streets, be they in DC or otherwise!

Forward,

Ashley

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Nature Series…wood and gold leaf.

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Passage Way, 2002, 4′ x 6′, mixed media on wood. Private Collection.

“Moment after moment,

everyone comes out from nothingness. 

This is the true joy of life.”

                                                                                Zen Mind, Beginners’s Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki

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Mitochondria I, 2002, mixed media on wood, 4’x6′. Private Collection.

Mitochondria II, 2003, mixed media on wood, 4’x6′. Collection of Sequoia Cancer Center, Visalia, CA.

“But a great deal, perhaps everything, 

will remain incredible and incomprehensible.

One paradox, however, must be accepted and this is

that it is necessary to continually

attempt the seemingly impossible.”

                                                                                        Journey to the East, by Hermann Hesse

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Lost Canyon Falls, 2005, mixed media on wood. Collection of Kaweah Delta Hospital.

“Let me seek, then, the gift of silence,

and poverty, and solitude,

where everything I touch is turned into prayer,

the birds are my prayer,

the wind in the trees is my prayer,

for God is all in all.”

Thoughts in Solitude, by Thomas Merton

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Aspen, 2002, mixed media on wood, 4′ x 6′, Private Collection

“The universe and I exist together,

and all things and I are one.

                               Chuang Tzu

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Mountains, Clouds, and Streams, 2005, mixed media on wood, triptych, 6′ x 4′.

Exhibition, Water!, 2008, Conley Gallery, Fresno, CA.

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“In cosmic consciousness,

we find that the relationship is the most important thing in life,

everything is a confluence of relationships. We begin to see that

everything is in balance between feminine and masculine energies,

the yin and yang,

and anytime there is more of one than the other, we are out of balance.

Right now, we need to reawaken the feminine because the dominance

of the masculine has led to belligerence,

arrogance, and aggression,

the very problems we see in the world right now.”

                                         Power, Freedom, and Grace, by Deepak Chopra

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Jungle Serenade, 2005, mixed media on wood, 4′ x 6′. Private collection.

Costa Rica Garden

“The herb layer of mid-elevation rain forest on the Caribbean slope of the

Cordillera de Tilaran, showing diverse leaf shapes and a flowering Aphelandra.”

                                                              Costa Rica, by Michael and Patricia Fogden

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Lost Canyon, 2002, mixed media on wood, 4′ x 6′. Private Collection.

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“To know harmony means to be in accord with the eternal.

To be in accord with the eternal means to be enlightened.”

                                                 Lao Tzu

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Cypress and Basalt, 2005, mixed media on wood, 4′ x 6′. Private Collection.

Exhibition, Water!, 2008, Conley Gallery, Fresno, CA.

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“The individual feels the futility of human desires and aims.

Sublimity and marvelous order revel themselves

in both in nature and in the world of thought. 

Individual existence impresses him as a kind of prison 

and he wants to experience the universe as a single magnificent whole…

                                                                          Albert Einstein

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Blossom Peak, 2004, mixed media on wood, 4′ x 6′.

Collection of Sequoia Cancer Center, Visalia, CA.

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“The Greek philosophers, like the philosophers of other ancient

civilizations, generally thought of time in terms of endlessly

repeated cycles: cycles of breathing, of day and night,

of the moon, of the year, 

great astronomical cycles of years,

and great cycles of cycles.”

                                      The Presence of the Past, by Rupert Sheldrake