Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
– John Muir
Clear Creek Greenway, outside Redding, is one of my favorite places for a day hike here in northern California. Even though the trailheads (multiple) are very easily accessible from the 1-5, and the 299, it’s still wild nature. I just love coming out here, it’s quiet, peaceful, and so beautiful. Hiking is my second feel good instantly pill. Missed the first one? Read about it here. I think the soft curves of Clear Creek, is a suitable entry for this week’s photo challenge at The Daily Post; Rounded. I hope you enjoyed this post. I’m looking forward to see more entries to the weekly photo challenge.
Have a wonderful weekend!
With flowing tail and flying mane,
Wide nostrils never stretched by pain,
Mouth bloodless to bit or rein,
And feet that iron never shod,
And flanks unscar’d by spur or rod,
A thousand horses – the wild – the free –
Like waves that follow o’er the sea,
Came thickly thundering on.
– Lord Byron
To me, mustangs will always be special. Their beauty, spirit, and wisdom inherited for generations, is unmatched. I love sharing their beauty with you, and my prayer is that it does to your soul, what it does for me. The first time I was close enough to look a wild horse in the eye (from a distance of course,) I started to cry, and then this huge peace settled in, and stayed with me for a long time. I make it a priority to dedicate several weekends a year, to visit places where I know that the likelihood of seeing wild horses is good. Watching them play, or simply nibble on the sage brush (I usually watch them in the high desert of Nevada,) is an emotional experience unlike anything else.
This is my first post in my 7 Ways to feel good instantly series. Keep your eyes open for the next post in the series!
Have a blessed day!
Experimenting with a double exposure, capturing the always glowing lights in Reno.
I just came back from a road trip to Nevada. I had to find a work truck, and it’s usually easier to get a good deal there. Especially if you’re willing to do some research, and go to the middle of nowhere to pick up a vehicle. That’s exactly what I did. My daughter and I naturally took the time to watch some wild horses play, and explore the desert as well.
On the way back we spent a night in Reno, at our favorite dog friendly hotel. The number of hotels you can stay at, are slightly limited, if you have a dog with you. Naturally I had a dog with me. If I go, my germans shepherd goes. My daughter like to sleep in, I’m an early riser. While she was sleeping I read some local newspapers (and experimented with my camera, see the first photo.) I learned something new about Nevada that I did not know;
According to the 2010 census, Nevada is the third most urban state, behind only California and New York. Few people live in its rural expanses.
– Reno News & Review
Of course I knew that a lot of people live in Las Vegas and Reno, but when I think of Nevada it’s always the endless deserts, sage brush, mountains, ranches, wild horses, and maybe some ghost towns. That Nevada is the third most urban state came as a surprise.
Above, wild mustang at the Virginia Range. Below, mustang I worked with a couple years ago, also from the Virginia Range. Could be related?!
We had a magical visit, thoroughly enjoying the fall colors. The mornings were cold, and crisp, the days were in the 60’s and just perfect. Nevada is only 3,5 hours away, but it feels like a different universe. I like going there. I have spent a lot of time in the state, working at a couple different ranches, doing some photography, and just exploring. Nevada is, just like California, a dream for photographers.
I hope you’re having an awesome weekend. I’m going to spend the rest of it mending some fences, and planting some fruit trees.