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An Eternal Grain of Infinity

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , on January 27, 2015 by allisonlabine

“To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
An eternity in an hour.”
– William Blake

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Image © Mandy Michels

Make Your Own Path

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , on January 13, 2015 by allisonlabine

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Posted in Photography 2 with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2014 by allisonlabine
Experience the joy of Christmas through the eyes of a child…then immerse yourself in the peace and inner fire found in nature.
“See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…We need silence to be able to touch souls.” – Mother Teresa
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Images © Allison LaBine

Into the Universe

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2014 by allisonlabine
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir
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Suffused with Light

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2014 by allisonlabine

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” – John Lubbock

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Image © Allison LaBine

Happy Halloween 2014

Posted in Photography 2 with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2014 by allisonlabine

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Meaning and Purpose

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

“Fire and hunger are inborn. To believe in the fire within is our religion. To give it shape and meaning is our purpose.” – Unknown

“I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which, was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love…my soul is not contained within the limits of my body; my body is contained within the limitlessness of my soul.” – Jim Carrey

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Under a Cerulean Sky

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2014 by allisonlabine

Braided gold
Flows through liquid hands
Summoning the world to
Rise.

Rumbling,
Nourishing,
Whispering…
Rivers carve
Mountains
Under a
Cerulean sky.

Crisp air,
Deep,
Deeper
Breaths.
Absorb. Inhale…
This
Sacred
Space.

Sweeping
Sentinels
Through the
Ages
Stretch, giving
Birth
To Nature’s
Luminous faces.

-Allison LaBine

Image: © Mac Stone

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Howl at the Night

Posted in Animal Kingdom with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2014 by allisonlabine

“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.” – Ancient Indian Proverb

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AURORA BOREALIS/ NORTHERN LIGHT FACTS

An aurora is a natural light display. Colorful blue, red, yellow, green, and orange lights shift gently and change shape like softly blowing curtains. Auroras are only visible at night, and usually only appear in lower polar regions.

In the ionosphere, the ions of the solar wind collide with atoms of oxygen and nitrogen from the Earth’s atmosphere. The energy released during these collisions causes a colorful glowing halo around the poles—an aurora. Most auroras happen around 60-620 miles above the Earth’s surface.

MOON FACTS

The moon orbits the Earth at an average speed of 2,300 miles an hour.

The moon’s gravitational pull on the Earth is the main cause of the rise and fall of ocean tides.

The airless lunar surface bakes in the sun at up to 243 degrees Fahrenheit for two weeks at a time. Then, for an equal period, the same spot is in the dark. The dark side cools to about -272 degrees Fahrenheit.

The shape of the moon appears to change in a repeating cycle when viewed from the Earth because the amount of illuminated moon we see varies, depending on the moon’s position in relation to the Earth and the sun. We see the full moon when the sun is directly behind us, illuminating a full hemisphere of the moon when it is directly in front of us.

WOLF FACTS

There are five subspecies of gray wolves in North America. Their coat colors can range from pure white to brown, gray, cinnamon or black.

Wolves live and hunt in packs within territories, ranging from 50 to 1,000 square miles.

In the lower 48 states, gray wolves were hunted to near extinction, though some populations survived and others have since been reintroduced. Few gray wolves survive in Europe, though many live in Alaska, Canada, and Asia.

Social creatures, gray wolves have a complex communication system that involves body language, barking, growling, “dancing,” howling and scent making.

Wolf pups are born blind and deaf, and must be cared for until they mature at around ten months of age.

New research has revealed that the common ancestor of dogs and wolves was a large, wolf-like animal that lived between 9,000 and 34,000 years ago. Based on DNA evidence, it lived in Europe.

Imagination

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2014 by allisonlabine

“Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein

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Image: Vincent Munier