invasive vines, Hammonasset, CT

How can I love the wildness of Life if I cannot jump the garden fence around my domesticated mind and get a taste of that wild thinking outside?
~ Theo Grutter


"Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grass and gentians of glacier meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of Nature's darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but Nature's sources never fail."
                                                                    --John Muir in "The Yellowstone National Park"

Sumter National Forest


Clinton beach @ sunset

If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own backyard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with.

~ Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz