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Final Thoughts from the Ancient Bristlecone Pines

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 3 May 2011 in Landscape & Rural.

When Barbara (seen here) and I visit this place and walk this precious preserve, we feel the beauty and energy that the Ancient Ones provide. The feeling doesn't "hit" us like a ton of bricks, it's just an easy feeling of peace and energy. When it happens as we are walking around, I find it hard not to think in universal terms, much like an astronaut looking down on the earth from space. The earth and all of it's inhabitants become more "visible," precious, and fragile, at least to our mind's eye.

We are all living in a world that seems to have a surplus of intolerance, prejudice, and bitterness. The hostility of arson, alone ,has affected this place even here, in its high and remote location! But if we could bring everyone here, to experience this place, perhaps the same spiritual connection would enter their heart as it has ours. Then, perhaps, there would be a better chance for all of us to make that true connection to humanity. Anyway, that's my dream.... After all, "feeling" is the first step to love.....and tolerance is the beneficial result of love.....that process describes humanity in the way I believe it should be......that's what I hope and dream for.......

Thank you so much, everyone, for your kind and wonderful comments, and most of all, for "listening" to my ramblings and diatribes throughout this long series.. Peace!

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** 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

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Beautifully put Denny, your words are strong and your photos of Bristlecone have been a joy!

3 May 2011 7:14am

@Richard: Hi Richard - Knowing that you are a "real" writer, yet, you still compliment me (even after I butcher the language and grammer) is most appreciated...Thank you so very much!

k@ from Paris, France

Like an old painting, i like that feeling a lot, Denny, reminds me of a painting we had in our living room when i was a kid, more forests but a single person walking in the frame too, i love that souvenir, and your general tone & mood here, our planet is such a beauty...

3 May 2011 8:59am

@k@: Thank you Karine! I would have loved to see that painting - I will bet that it has shaped your life and mind more than you may know...that love comes out in your photography - I can see it and feel it. .

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Ah, yes, can understand the feelings here . . there are times and places where we make that 'connection' and see things in an unexpectedly different light. Never is that feeling stronger than when driven by these natural forces.

3 May 2011 9:48am

@Ronnie 2¢: Thanks so much, Ronnie and Lilly... you are so right. The realization that we are among objects that are thousands and perhaps millions of years old, in the case of the rocks, just hits you...From there, the overwhelming thoughts begin! Thanks so much!

Phil Morris from Canada

This trail really brings the precious and comfortable beauty home and like you say it
seems a beauty that you doesn't really hit you until you are in the middle of it all and
then suddenly it all becomes apparent. Almost a familiar feeling must hit you.

3 May 2011 10:07am

@Phil Morris: So well stated, Phil...Thank you very much! Now let's go have that beer instead of gas!!

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Superb long shot - I love the way the figure in the distance is framed by these great monuments of trees on either side of the track. Very thoughtful and relevant comments you express today, Denny!

3 May 2011 11:25am

@Stephen: Hi Stephen - That's Barbara way off there..she loves the place just like I do...Thank you so much!

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

If only everyone respected the earth and all living creatures in the way you describe, Denny - what a wonderful world this would be. You are a very compassionate and caring individual and I am honored to have met you through this photoblog community - it is a real pleasure my friend.

3 May 2011 11:27am

@Scene by Sharon Photography: Hi Sharon - Yuor words are so true..I know that they don;t becasue I see it every day but it can't stop us from hoping and wishing and trying to teach our young ones about this love. Thank you so much!

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful ideal to aspire to Denny! Congratulations on a superb series on these venerable old trees! Well done! ;-)

3 May 2011 11:56am

@Eric Cousineau: Thank you Eric...I am so grateful!

Nina from Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States

Such a wonderful series - I want to go there. We could all use a place like this to think big, get recentered and bring ourselved a little peace....thanks for sharing yours.

3 May 2011 12:40pm

@Nina: Hi Nina - Indeed we couold...Thanks so much for your comments ;-)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Very nice series. I would love to see this area someday.

3 May 2011 1:49pm

@B. Thomas: It is amazing, Barbara...thanks very much. I love your horses and flowers lately ;-)

klaus from Kufstein, Austria

i love this landscape and location, it´s bleakness is so impressive and gives a special mood here!

3 May 2011 1:58pm

@klaus: Hi Klaus - Thank you very much!

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Beautiful ! Looks so inviting and mysterious at the same time . Love man's presence ... for the super sense of scale

3 May 2011 2:32pm

@MARIANA: Hi Mariana - That's Barbarathere ;-) Cheers!

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Moving words, Denny. And a beautiful image with the human as a new comer in this land ruled by ancient trees. The image transmit the introspection of the human's thoughts. Fantastic combination!

3 May 2011 2:43pm

@Francisco Romero: Hi Francisco - the human is my wife Barbara ;-) Thanks very much for your kind remark ...

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

The end of a magnificent series on the world of great beauty with fabulous scenery. Thank you for this fantastic travel. Good day.

3 May 2011 4:41pm

@Tede: Hi tede - Thank you very very much!

Gary Hart from California, United States

Wonderful series and a great message, Denny. Thanks!

3 May 2011 7:07pm

@Gary Hart: Hey Gary - It is always so wonderful to hear from you - I know how busy you are...Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and just for 'stopping by'! Cheers! _ Denny

guillaume from Paris, France

Great compo !!

3 May 2011 7:33pm

@guillaume: Hi Guillame - thank you so much ;-)

LauraS from Chico, United States

What an excellent photo to end this series. I love your words, Denny. One can really feel them from your heart and spirit to ours. Thanks for being you, and for expressing so thoughtfully what you have to share with us, your extended family. It makes this blogging all the more precious and meaningful.

3 May 2011 8:12pm

@LauraS: Hi Laura -Thank you so very much for your wonderful words ! Usually what I wrtite comes from my heart. Sometimes it comes from my mind but since my mind is largely vacant, the heart has to do most of the work......In person, well, in person I am much more normal (or is it "ab......"? ) I can even say and do mean and nasty things.....but wheh I write, I promsie, it comes from my heart! Cheers kiddo ;-)

franz from Baden, Austria

noble sentiments, denny, and ones that i share with you all the way! let's not give up hoping and dreaming as long as beautiful places like this exist and delight us! i truly enjoyed visiting these ancient giants with your help!

3 May 2011 9:06pm

Shar from Pilot Butte near Regina, SK, Canada

I feel so humble when looking at your images of this wonderous place and by your words of wisdom. I, too, grow weary of the negative world we live in...your words and image - a breath of fresh air!

3 May 2011 9:44pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Denny these photos & your thoughts are to be admired for their straight ahead beauty & honesty. Peace to you my friend.

3 May 2011 9:48pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

Your words are precious and wise. You tell it like it is. I have the same dream.
Excellent series Denny - gorgeous images -
Thank you so much for this graceful trip into beauty and peace.
We all need more of this. The time is now.

3 May 2011 10:38pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

marvelous commentary

3 May 2011 10:40pm

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Well said, Denny. Being in nature is so important to our souls.

4 May 2011 1:44am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Seems like a very quiet a peaceful place to be for a husband and wife, away from all of the distractions of "life." Glad that you guys had a great time here. Love your final thoughts, too.

4 May 2011 1:46am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Great image, you did a fantastic job reflecting to mood of this place.

4 May 2011 2:02am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Very well written, and they are so very true. The shot goes perfectly with your written word.

4 May 2011 2:35am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful shot of these ancient ones. Just don't take certain politicians there. They'll want to log it or mine it.

4 May 2011 3:19am

@Steve Rice: MAn don't I know it!.... Don't EVEN get me started!! Well said and thank you Steve!!

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This puts it all into perspective. The photo is perfect.

5 May 2011 1:33am

Bill Brown from California, United States

This is a wonderful image to end the Bristlecone Pine series. It's an excellent wide view with the human figure to provide a sense of scale. Your commentary was excellent as well. You are so right about the hostility of arson. I visited the forest shortly after the Schulman Grove Visitor Center had been burned down back in 2008. It's hard to imagine someone could do such a thing.

5 May 2011 6:31am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Great compo.

5 May 2011 6:28pm

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Awesome series Denny. I visited here many years ago while on weekend leave from the Air Force. I remember clearly walking among these amazing trees, astounded at their age, and particularly astounded at the remote setting (at least back then it was remote). It seemed such a timeless place, unfazed by human history. Thanks for recalling that time for me.

6 May 2011 3:13am

@Doug Hickok: Hi Doug - Thank you so much. This location is still pretty darn remote..there is a good road leading up to it but the location takse a while to get to...but well worth it!

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

You are gifted with both words and photographs, and the two in combination give your blog extra power. The inclusion of the lone figure in the forest here makes this an even more evocative image.

6 May 2011 11:57pm

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