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Sacred Ground - Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 20 July 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This is a view looking generally west along the Discovery trail in The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest at an elevation of approximately 10,000 feet. These ancient trees date thousands of years back to the time of Methuselah, which makes them the oldest living things on earth. To walk among them in the peace and beauty of this place, always leaves my wife and myself in a spiritual, peaceful, and ,most of all, humble state of mind. Suddenly, the troubles of life and the anger and divisiveness in the world disappear - at least for the time. The pure inspiration derived from these wonderful, beautiful trees and their fascinating survival - make us realize that we are truly on sacred ground.

FUJIFILM FinePix E550 1/420 second F/7.1 ISO 400 16 mm

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

FUJIFILM FinePix E550
1/420 second
F/7.1
ISO 400
16 mm

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