Everybody needs beauty (Thursday Travels)

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

Here we are again, back at the Calhan Paint Mines in Colorado.  I hope you aren’t bored with them yet.

I can’t think of much more to say about the Paint Mines so I’ll just allow the photos to say whatever it is they wish to say.

Keep close to Nature’s heart, yourself; and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.  Wash your spirit clean…

~ John Muir

The more zigzag the way, the deeper the scenery.  The winding path approaches the secluded and peaceful place.

~ Huang Binhong

Wilderness has been characterized as barren and unproductive; little can be grown in its sand and rock.  But the crops of wilderness have always been its spiritual values — silence and solitude, a sense of awe and gratitude — able to be harvested by an traveler who visits.

~ David Douglas

That’s it from the Paint Mines for this week.  Here in the Bogs it is hot, sunny, and quite summer-like.  I found some surprises out on my walk this morning, things in bloom that we normally don’t see in bloom until the summer months.

Today’s view of the pond

The meadows and lawn are dotted with the yellows of the buttercups and the oranges of the hawkweed.  Peonies and wisteria are in full bloom, perfuming the air.  I even found a patch of bittersweet nightshade, purple and yellow sprinkled among the green leaves of the wild prairie rose (which is not blooming yet).


Thanks for stopping by today.  It’s a good day to go out to the swim platform and enjoy the breeze or go for a swim.  Or both.


23 Comments on “Everybody needs beauty (Thursday Travels)”

  1. Gosh, your pond and swim deck are looking welcoming today. Are you all expecting a heat wave this weekend?

    • Robin says:

      We are, Kathy. I suspect we’ll be spending a lot of time in the water. The nice thing about the pond is that the surface gets warm, but it’s nice in cool underneath. 🙂

  2. Anita Mac says:

    You have certainly captured beauty through your camera. Just gorgeous!

  3. I think John Muir’s quote is so true – and the reason the world is in such a muddle is that not enough people are heeding his wisdom.

  4. the paint mines speak very eloquently of beauty and endurance, of strength and a vitality all its own.

  5. Pat Bean says:

    Muir had the right words. I loved the paint mines, but I especially loved seeing your pond. I never tire of it. I suspect you don’t either.

    • Robin says:

      You’re right, Pat. I never tire of it. Well, maybe on those days I’m muckraking, but even then I think about how beautiful it is and that care-taking is the least I can do in repayment. 🙂

  6. dadirri7 says:

    a very beautiful post, love to hear from John Muir, words fit with those other worldly paint mine pictures so well :)!

  7. Hi, Robin. I like those interesting rock formations and their colors. Pretty cool. Enjoy the heat wave in the bogs–we’ll be getting here too at the shore. pasa buen fin de semana!

  8. aFrankAngle says:

    Ahhhh … thanks for the surprise return to Paint Mines! 🙂

  9. Beautiful post, Robin – the closeups of the rocks are stunning. I love the Douglas quote “But the crops of wilderness have always been its spiritual values — silence and solitude, a sense of awe and gratitude” – that really speaks to me. Thank you.

  10. burstmode says:

    What incredible views…I love the canyon shots.

  11. Ellen says:

    is that green thing the platform?
    do you have an extra towel to lend me? i forgot mine at home!!
    have a very nice day!

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