Thursday, May 23, 2013

Big Skies…Big Land..Big Skies

Big Skies…Big Land…Our Western Skies

MQTlogoa Arizona,Utah,Colorado,New Mexico for Sky Watch Friday

“Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.” Abdul Kalam

“The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” Rabindranath Tagore


“Go forth under the open sky, and list To Nature's teachings.” William C. Bryant


“The sky is an infinite movie to me. I never get tired of looking at what's happening up there.” K. D. Lang

“This continent, an open palm spread frank before the sky.” James Agee


When you visit the West and if you look real close you just might see some of these folks.

“Onward from vast uncharted spaces, Forward through timeless voids, Into all of us surges and races The measureless might of the wind. In the steep silence of thin blue air High on a lonely cliff-ledge, Where the air has a clear, clean rarity, I give to the wind...my pledge: “ By the strength of my arm, by the sight of my eyes, By the skill of my fingers, I swear, As long as life dwells in me, never will I Follow any way but the sweeping way of the wind.” Published in On Desert Trails with Everett Ruess, G.J. Bergera & W.L Rusho (Eds.

"There is a muscular energy in sunlight  corresponding to the spiritual energy of wind."  Annie Dillard 

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome dangerous, leading to the most amazing view…
May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.”  Edward Abbey

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“They cannot scare me with their empty spaces
Between stars – on stars where no human race is.
I have it in me so much nearer home To scare myself with my own desert places.”
Robert Frost

Big Skies…Big Land…Our Western Skies

MQTlogoa Arizona,Utah,Colorado,New Mexico for Sky Watch Friday

21 comments:

Laura said...

such a beautiful series!

eileeninmd said...

Joe, wonderful series of photos. beautiful skies and scenery!

HansHB said...

Nice photos! Well done!

Ruth said...

Joe, thank you for sharing these awesome images, they are truly amazing :)

DeniseinVA said...

Brilliant SkyWatch Friday post Joe. I love the southwest, you have some fantastic shots here.

Betsy Adams said...

Looks like a similar trip that we took in 2011... I recognize many of those photos...

What did you like the best? We love Bryce.. But--seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time was awesome.

Hugs,
Betsy

Light and Voices said...

Well done! I can tell you love the Southwest a lot by the wonderful photos you posted. I am a collector of quotes so enjoyed your blog a lot.
JM Illinois

Arija said...

There is something quite overpoweringly beautiful about your Arizona landscapes but the castle seems to and gondola seem to be European imports and where did you find that herd of bison??

Karen said...

A marvellous photo series!

Kusum Sanu said...

Wow! What a series! I love that header ... beautiful skywatch!

Karen said...

Great series of sky shots.

ladyfi said...

A gorgeous set of shots.

Liza said...

Lovely captures. Happy sky watching.

My sky.

Joe Todd said...

The castle is the Desert View watchtower on the south rim of the Grand Canyon and the bison herd is on a ranch near Zion National Park just west of Mt Carmel Junction on Rt. 9

TONY LETTS said...

Amazing - love the Tagore quote :)

Julie Magers Soulen said...

I enjoyed that very much. Thanks Joe!

Cheers!
Julie
Julie Magers Soulen Photography

Julie Magers Soulen said...

I enjoyed that very much. Thank you Joe!

Cheers!
Julie
Julie Magers Soulen Photography

rosadimaggio63 said...

Magnifiche foto.
Amo molto la foto di presentazione del tuo blog :)
Bye Myriam

Linda Gross said...

Beautiful pictures, Joe. I always have said the sky is bigger out west.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful Joe! I am definitely feeling mountain-deprived about this time of year....time to head west!!!!!

Thanks for sharing your travel photos.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

You really document the wide open spaces of the west very well, Joe... great post!