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The Graver's Dream - A Place for Everyone

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 16 May 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

The following text is taken from the Arboretum website History page:

"For more than 40 years, Dr. Lee and Virginia Graver, nature lovers and conservationists, painstakingly cleared overgrown briar patches, dense brush areas and woods to create an environment conducive to growth for wildflowers, ferns, rhododendrons, and native and rare trees, including more than 150 species of conifers. The result is a beautiful 63-acre arboretum which the Gravers generously donated to Muhlenberg College in 1994. To ensure its long-term care and upkeep, the Gravers established an endowment fund for the Arboretum in 1995. This endowment fund guarantees that future generations of Muhlenberg students, faculty and friends can enjoy the splendor of this precious natural laboratory."

As Barbara and I walked through this wonderful place, it was abundently clear that the Graver's vision has been acheived. In addition to that, I have not seen an arboretum anywhere, that I can recall, that provides a feeling of wilderness yet is easily accessible for physically challenged visitors. Truly, this is a place where EVERYONE can come, regardless of their physical condition, and enjoy this place ot beauty and replenish their soul.

PS - The tones in the forest that day were quite flat and the leaves on the trees were not quite full. The result was an environment where almost everythihg, water, grass, trees, plants were almost all identical in color - it was the weirdest thing I ever saw....so for ths image, I hit my antique adjustment a few time in my iPhoto editor to bring out some distinction in the scene. I would really like to know what you think.

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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;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

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