“Humans are a Part of Nature….”: Cowalfest Heritage Walk 2016 Photos

Dearest Readers,

When I was working with conservationists in Peru, one of the biggest ideas was that humans are as necessary to conservation as animals. Conservation is not only about saving the animals. It is also about saving humans.

So this quote from Marc Bekoff seems appropriate to go with this group of photos, which shows human material influence on nature along our walk.

Humans are a part of nature, not apart from nature.

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Your Bonnie Celtophile,


“The Trick to Forgetting the Big Picture…”: Cowalfest Heritage Walk 2016 Photos

Dearest Readers,

Chuck Palahniuk, who I have yet to read but will one day, has this lovely quote:

The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close-up.”

I think it is quite pertinent given the theme of this group of pictures is “up close and personal.”

Or at least just “up close.”

This one is definitely my favorite. It’s like it’s own little forest atop the post.

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Next time you’re in nature, don’t forget to stop and looker closer at the things you’re passing!

Your Bonnie Celtophile,


“The Clearest Way to the Universe….”: Trees at the Cowalfest Heritage Walk 2016 (Photos)

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The theme of this post is trees. The title references to a quote by John Muir taken from John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, edited by Linnie Marsh Wolfe:

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.

Whether you agree with that or not, I think it’s difficult to argue against the beauty of trees and their wild shapes.

Throughout the walk, I took pictures of trees backed against the sky and trees lying on the ground. I took pictures of small trees and big trees, dead trees and live trees.

Trees reveal every struggle and triumph of their lives through their shapes and leaves, twists, turns, and bends.

I tried to capture a bit of that in the photos, although the pictures would have been livelier if it was sunny outside.

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Your Bonnie Celtophile,


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