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You may enjoy my September 2012 blog: Sharing Experiences of Great Mystery, which describes the purpose of this wilderness log, photo-art gallery, and poetry corner. In Peace, Bob

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Yosemite Falls: A Strange and Wonderful Peace



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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