Flying with Butterflies

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2014 by allisonlabine

I watched you race across the field
Flying with the butterflies…
Wonder Alight
In Your Eyes and
Eternal Sunshine in Your Smile.
And
My heart opened and my
Soul Sang:

You are
Life.
You are Love, child of this Earth.

Then you took my hand,
Your Laughter Riding on the Wind–
And you Soared;

In Innocence,
In Wonder,
In a Soul Set Free…

Words and Photos: Allison LaBine

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Poetry of the Earth

Posted in Poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2014 by allisonlabine

The poetry of Earth inside a petal
the beauty of motion inside a breeze…

“…the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” – Kahlil Gibran

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Japanese Wisteria

Ocean on Fire

Posted in Oceanic Exploration with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2014 by allisonlabine

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats

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Surfing one of the world’s largest waves – real time footage

Surfing one of the world’s largest waves in slow motion

The Tiger

Posted in Animal Kingdom with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2014 by allisonlabine

“Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.” – Jorge Luis Borges

“Better to live one year as a tiger, than a hundred as a sheep.” – Madonna

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Tiger Facts

* More tigers now live in captivity in America than globally in the wild.

http://www.wwf.org.uk/about_wwf/press_centre/?unewsid=6755

* Every tiger in the world is unique – no two tigers have the same pattern of stripes.

* Unlike most members of the cat family, tigers like water. They are good swimmers and often cool off in pools or streams.

* These fierce felines have walked the earth for a long time. Fossil remains of tigers found in parts of China are believed to be 2 million years old.

* Today, there are five subspecies of tiger: Bengal, South China, Indochinese, Sumatran and Siberian.

Sisters

Posted in Photography 2 with tags , , , , , , on August 5, 2014 by allisonlabine

My beautiful little sister is all grown up. August 3rd 2014

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Sea Fever

Posted in Poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2014 by allisonlabine

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Photo: © Spring break 2014

Sea Fever
By: John Masefield

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking,

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

*A trick is the time spent at the wheel of a ship. Spume is the froth or foam found on waves.

 

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Carina Nebula

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2014 by allisonlabine

Seeing a dear family friend in the hospital yesterday – emaciated with four broken ribs and a punctured lung – reminded me of all my loved ones who have passed away and the times when they were still alive. I miss and love you all. I see you in the evening stars and in the morning sunlight as it suffuses the earth and the trees with golden light. I hear you in the call of the wind. May your spirits be woven back into the fabric of the universe and live on for eternity.

Image of the Carina Nebula: ©NASA

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