where Nature still rules supreme

John C. Van Dyke wrote a book about the Grand Canyon in 1919 and I borrow his words for today’s entry.

Oh! The great sanity of her poise, the calmness of her mood, the serenity of her visage splendid!

Was there ever a time in human history when a return to Nature was so much needed as just now? How shall the nations be rebuilded, the lost faith and hope renewed, the race live again save through the Great Mother whom we have forsaken? How shall we live without her?


…need I apologize for attenpting to point out this majestic beauty? It has lain here unheeded for so many centuries while the generations have gone to the shades worn out with their own vanities. Will they never turn again to the beauty of the world? Though we call in vain, still let us call.














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  1. annell October 17, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    Wow!!!!! I am without words….

  2. Mimi October 17, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    Kathleen, thank you for the beautiful images and sharing the words. I first experienced the Grand Canyon during the second summer I was in the US, 46 years ago, and has been under the influence of that grandeur since.

  3. Debbi Burton October 17, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    Kathleen, These are are stupendously beautiful photos. The first one brought me back to my first trip to Taos, as you crest the hill from Santa Fe and see the magic spread out below. Thank you for sharing what you do so well.

  4. Steve Fox October 17, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

    So beautiful to see the canyon country through your eyes! As the winds blow from there to here, you’ve cast a spell on us with these.

  5. lyn October 18, 2013 at 12:16 am #

    So happy knowing you are there!

  6. Lillian Thibodeau October 18, 2013 at 3:15 am #

    Been thinking about you and the fun you must be having. I’m so happy to read your lovely blog entry. Great pics to go with it. All the best…

  7. Lillian Thibodeau October 18, 2013 at 3:17 am #

    Hope you got that, Kathleen. My hand sort of slipped.

  8. Sandy Ebling October 18, 2013 at 3:17 am #

    I bet you are having a great month; and quite a bit quieter than expected…. xo s

  9. Susan Blevins October 18, 2013 at 3:47 am #

    Beautiful posting darling! Glad you made it safely and the weather looks fabulous! Gorgeous photos. Off tomorrow. All well here..xo

  10. maureen coeyman October 18, 2013 at 5:55 am #

    Kathleen your pictures truly capture the wonderful peace of the canyon and i love your title and opening line!

  11. Nancy Monlux October 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    WoW! what nature has brought. Thanks for the posting. You are an Inspiration. Looking forward to your tales of adventures.

  12. michelle cooke October 18, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

    Beautiful Kathleen, enjoy!

  13. Rose Gordon October 18, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

    wonderful Kathleen. Thank you…you are already rockin’ 🙂