It is the height of summer in Scotland and the flowers are blooming profusely. Here are several macro shots taken while in Edinburgh and along Saint Cuthbert’s Way in Scotland. If you wish to see the other six, you can find them here at my website: Macro Moments.
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
I’ve added a new page to my website that is called, simply, Hikes. Here I will post, at least monthly, one of the hikes that didn’t make it into my book, Hiking Tennessee or other hikes from around the Southeast.
The first hike I offer is the short hike to Jane Bald on the Appalachian Trail. Read more about it here: Jane Bald
Or, visit my website at victorialogue.com and click on the Hikes button.
I try to refrain from promoting my books too much on this blog, but it seems particularly apropos this time as I chronicled my adventures here while working on Hiking Tennessee from October of 2013 through August of 2014.
So, finally, Hiking Tennessee is available via numerous outlets (I’ll provide links at the end of this). First, a little about the book, itself, in the words of the back cover copy:
Hiking Tennessee is your complete guide to 83 of the most scenic day hikes in the Volunteer State. From the Woodland Trail in Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park to the Hidden Passage Trail in Pickett State Park to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this handy guide will lead you to the best trails throughout the state. In this one-of-a-kind resource, you’ll find the following features:
- Detailed descriptions complete with GPS coordinates for every hike in all three regions of Tennessee
- Special points of interest, including Civil War-era and Native American historical sites; descriptions of the topography, flora, fauna, and climate; estimated hiking time and distance; and difficulty ratings for each trail
- Phone numbers and websites, park hours and rules, and available facilities for the state’s most scenic hiking areas
- Easy-to-read maps for every park and trail to help you navigate your hike and locate landmarks and other points of interest
- A convenient trail finder that provides a summary of each trail’s features and available facilities
Hiking Tennessee brings to life the history, terrain, wildlife, and natural features of each area. The vivid descriptions of the foliage, animals, and well-known and local historical accounts of each area provide and invitation to explore and experience the trails yourself. Hiking Tennessee is your guide to enjoying the great outdoors!
You can get your own copy of Hiking Tennessee in a number of places and in numerous formats, including:
From the publisher, Human Kinetics
Or find it at GoodReads where you can enter to win a copy. The Giveaway ends April 30, so hurry!
You can also order it through your local bookstore.
I find you, Lord, in all Things and in all
my fellow creatures, pulsing with your life;
as a tiny seed, you sleep in what is small
and in the vast you vastly yield yourself.
The wondrous game that power plays with Things
is to move in such submission through the world:
groping in roots and growing thick in trunks
and in treetops like a rising from the dead.
~~Rainer Maria Rilke
And the original, auf Deutsch:
Ich finde dich in allen diesen Dingen,
denen ich gut und wie ein Bruder bin;
als Samen sonnst du dich in den geringen
und in den großen giebst du groß dich hin.
Das ist das wundersame Spiel der Kräfte,
daß sie so dienend durch die Dinge gehn:
in Wurzeln wachsend, schwindend in die Schäfte
und in den Wipfeln wie ein Auferstehn.
Actually, elephants and warthogs and giraffes . . .
While I recuperate from nearly 40 hours of traveling (from Nairobi back to Savannah) and begin to process everything I learned in back-to-back meetings with those who work to resettle refugees–UNHCR, IOM and RSC–and those who work with refugees that are in high risk situations–Heshima, Refuge Point and HIAS, I will leave you with some photos of some of the animals I saw while visiting the elephant orphanage and giraffe feeding center on my last day in Nairobi.
In the coming weeks I will post about some of the things I’ve learned.