Where some might look at a tree and see only its knots, others will see only its perfection.
I must have walked past this rhododendron tree a hundred times. For some reason, as I ambled along the bank of the Upper Nantahala River today, this heart-shaped knot caught my attention.
Maybe the light was just right? Maybe I was looking in the right direction?
Who knows? I’m not going to get all mystical on you.
But…I can tell you this. It isn’t the first time I’ve found something magical at Standing Indian.
What sort of surprises have you found along your path?
See ya’ on the trail,
“Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.”
~ Henri Matisse
Here’s some great advice to start your New Year…
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
“In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.”
~ Charles Lindbergh
“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”
~ Lao tzu
“Wherever a man may happen to turn, whatever a man may undertake, he will always end up by returning to the path which nature has marked out for him.”
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“All good things are wild, and free.”
–Henry David Thoreau
“[Water is] the only drink for a wise man.”
~ Henry David Thoreau
Appalachian Trail water fountain between Rock Gap and Winding Stair Gap
“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”