|Red Firs at Base of Lower Yosemite Falls, Scratchboard © Bob Hare 2012|
Journal Entry: June 16, 1975, Lower Yosemite Falls in Yosemite Valley, Elevation about 4,140' (written when I was twenty-six)
A beautiful experience! I walked after dusk from our black bear research camp to the base of the lower Yosemite Falls. The night was warm with a quarter moon trying to break through an overcast sky. As I neared the falls the sound of the crashing waters, the rapids and the beautiful silhouetted pine trees filled me with a wonderful awe.
|Upper Yosemite Falls, Scratchboard © Bob Hare 2012|
I climbed among the river boulders and lay down upon a large flat rock, looking up at the cliffs towering above, the rugged trees and the powerful presence of the falls which bathed me in a fine mist with each cool canyon breeze.
|Lower Yosemite Falls, Scratchboard © Bob Hare 2012|
The sounds of the cascading waters lulled me into a meditative state. I felt my fingers becoming a part of the rock they touched—the energy of the waters was passing through them. A strange and wonderful peace came upon me.
|Lower Yosemite Falls © Bob Hare 2012|
I could not and did not want to move any part of my body. I could no longer feel my separateness from the earth. Only my slow breathing and the tingling sensation at the ends of my fingers reminded me of my identity.
|Mist at Lower Yosemite Falls © Bob Hare 2012|
In the darkness of my closed eyes—I was the stream-boulder and for a moment I was the water, the sounds, and the breeze-borne mist. I wanted to stay, that I must remain—I wished only eyes that could hold this Beauty.
|Mist in Trees at Lower Yosemite Falls © Bob Hare 2012|
May all Beings be well, happy, and free! May you walk in Beauty! Yours in Peace, Bob
|May your River Run Free, Brush & Ink © Bob Hare 2012|
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