Salmon Lake Autumn

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” ~John Muir

Post call from Saturday night, and after taking a little nap, Dave and I went out to the country to Salmon Lake to bask in the Tundra’s breathtaking Autumn beauty. To let the cares drop away. These last few call shifts have been heavy ones–from just the last calls there are so many amazing stories that I will never forget.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I love Autumn!
No Spring or Summer hath such beauty or such grace as I have seen in one Autumnal face. ~John Donne
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The light was shimmering. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The colors brilliantOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We brought our instruments, poetry books, wine and cheese, and lots of love.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Fireweed’s last breath.
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Dave playing the banjo. He sounds A-mazing!!!
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Playing music, reading poetry, basking in the golden, windy sunshine….Aaahhhh!!! Best post-call therapy. 🙂OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

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 Salmon lake, red berry bushes and yellow leaves!

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I couldn’t get enough of these views!!!!! And the Sun that made every leaf look like it was a light.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALittle yellow cabin on the rainbow tundra.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The entire drive out there and back was stunningly beautiful!!! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Heavy mountain clouds, carrying the first of the snowfalls. Termination dust, as the white powder is sometimes called here…heralding the termination of Summer. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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We read poetry together, played music and sang like two traveling minstrels.
It is true. No one does not lift a great pack. And sometimes you have to take that great pack off and flop down in the great wide open Nature, and bask in the fresh air, the colors, tuck into your heart the last of the singing birds, and let the wind blow freshness into you.

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I want both of us

To start talking about this great love


As if you, I, and the Sun were all married

And living in a tiny room,


Helping each other to cook,

Do the wash,

Weave and sew,

Care for our beautiful

Animals.


We all leave each morning

To labor on the earth’s field.

No one does not lift a great pack.


I want both of us to start singing like two

Travelling minstrels

About this extraordinary existence

We share,


As if

You, I, and God were all married


And living in

A tiny

Room.

~Hafiz

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8 thoughts on “Salmon Lake Autumn

  1. WOW…. WOW… WOW….
    Incredibly these landscapes on Salmon Lake …. I remember as if it was yesterday. Beautifully! I wish I could be there once again.

    Enjoying life, enjoying autumn!

    Best wishes Patrick

    • Thank you so much, Patrick! You should come back again. 🙂 I agree, the landscapes of Salmon Lake ~ especially at this time of year~ are unforgettable. 🙂

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