Celebrating Earth Day makes me remember all the beauty of our own country that I’ve seen throughout my life.  In the darkest of times, standing in nature has restored my soul so that I had the strength to go on, not knowing what would come next.  I can’t imagine the future for our/my children and grandchildren and great-grandchilren and all who are to come if we cannot preserve the natural beauty that has us as it’s greatest threat.

Recently, I was sad to read that this has become a political issue in our already divided government houses.  A majority of our senators voted to sell our national forests.  The fact that they could vote for this, even if they think it could never happen, shows a decided ignorance of what can happen if we don’t all speak out.  A development is threatening the rim of the Grand Canyon, a place that should be sacred to all of us.  There’s a list of the senators who have voted against our forests in this article: http://unofficialnetworks.com/2015/04/republican-senators-just-voted-to-sell-off-your-national-forests

There’s not much I can say, but I can share some of the photos I’ve taken through the years, photos of places I simply never want to forget, places that touched me in my heart and all my senses.

Denali Highway in Alaska…

Denali Highway 1999

Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA beach in Naples, Florida

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARoss Creek Cedars in Montana

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATalimena Drive in Oklahoma

DSC_0059Yosemite National Park in California

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAButterfly on wildflower in Montana


DSC_0487Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Oklahoma


May we celebrate Earth Day today and always…