Happy Arbor Day!
Pictured is the Museum’s Olympic Forest diorama, located in the Hall of North American Forests, which depicts a forest in Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. The area receives 12 to 14 inches of rain a year, and is lush with growth and dense foliage. Trees can soar 300 feet high with trucks 23 feet in circumference! These giant re-creations of Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, and Western hemlock, dwarf a Columbian black-tailed deer standing among them.
If I obstinately refuse all the ‘later on’s’ of this world, it is because I have no desire to give up my present wealth. I do not want to believe that death is a gateway to another life. For me, it is a closed door…Everything people suggest seeks to deliver man from the weight of his own life. But as I watch the great birds flying heavily through the sky of Djemila, it is precisely a certain weight of life that I ask for and obtain.
NOTE: I don’t usually participate in blog tours, but I’m such a fan and admirer of Realm Lovejoy (learn that name and remember it!) that I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to help spread the word about her new novel, CLAN, and share with you the opportunity to win it. So check out this…
I must not fear. Fear is the mind killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will allow it to pass over me and through me. When it has gone I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.