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Serenity

Serenity

You can’t see this if you don’t put on your hiking shoes.  Jacks River Falls is up in the Cohutta Wilderness in North Georgia.   A beautiful spot where the water cascades down a trio of small waterfalls.  It’s been a long time since I hiked up there, but the memory of these falls (and the snake I saw on the way there!) is as clear as ever.

 

Nothingness.  Total nothingness.  This pristine beach in the Indian Ocean is perhaps the most beautiful spot I have seen, a final stop on a memorable family vacation.  Just to the right of the far edge of the beach, we found signs of sea turtles having come ashore to lay their eggs.  If there is a more beautiful place to disconnect from the world, I’d love to see it. 

 

As I look at this image, taken on the Serengeti in Tanzania, I hear the winds of Africa.  I remember the excitement of seeing in person animals I’d known from photographs.  I recall the late night chats around the campfire, and noticing how we all instinctively drew closer to the flames when a hyena barked or some other creature howled.  This photo reminds me of magic.

 

There is nothing more exhilarating that letting loose on the ski slopes, knowing you could wipe out, and throwing caution to the wind.  The falls hurt more now, but the view is as sweet as ever. 

 

How sweet is this?  Can’t you just imagine that puppy smell?  Feel his soft fur?  Charlie Brown was right.  “Happiness IS a warm puppy.”