“The reason to preserve wilderness is that we need it. We need wilderness of all kinds, large and small, public and private. We need to go now and again into places where our work is disallowed, where our hopes and plans have no standing. We need to come into the presence of the unqualified and mysterious formality of Creation.”

-Wendell Berry


©Thomas Gable


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©Tom Gable


©Tom Gable

Season Suite: Spring

As spring approaches and begins to settle in I cannot help but enjoy “Season Suite: Spring” by John Denver. He and I share a similar elation over the changing seasons and the coming of spring. No wonder he is one of my all-time favorites!

“Open up your eyes and see the brand new day, the clear blue sky and brightly shining sun.
Open up your ears and hear the breezes say, ‘everything that’s cold and gray is gone.’
Open up your hands and feel the rain come down, taste the wind and smell the flowers’ sweet perfume.
Open up your mind and let the light come in, the earth has been reborn and life goes on.
Do you care what’s happening around you? Do your senses know the changes when they come?
Can you see yourself reflected in the seasons? Can you understand the need to carry on?”


Connell Red Apple Tree (Malus domestica) ©Tom Gable

Riding on the tapestry of all there is to see, so many ways and oh, so many things.
Rejoicing in the differences, there’s no one just like me.
Yet as different as we are, we’re still the same.
And oh, I love the life within me, I feel a part of everything I see.
And oh, I love the life around me, a part of everything is here in me.
A part of everything is here in me, a part of everything is here in me.”


©Tom Gable


©Tom Gable


©Tom Gable


©Tom Gable


©Tom Gable