After a mile and a half hike through rocky scrubland, the Harpers Corner Trail at Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado ends with a stunning canyon overlook. The Green River flows past the rugged walls far below as shifting light and shadow continue their endless fight. With the wind blowing, it’s easy to imagine yourself flying over this landscape – exploring the corners and crannies for shy wildlife or ancient fossils. Now that’s an adventure. Photo by National Park Service.
The Aurora Australis (Southern Lights) seen from the Space Shuttle Discovery in May 1991. It reminds me how we’ve been spoiled silly by all the spectacular hi-rez aurora shots captured from the International Space Station in recent years.
Love, action, literary work: all I did was to roll these ideas round in my head; I was fighting in an abstract fashion against abstract possibilities, and I had come to the conclusion that reality was of the most pitiful insignificance. I was hoping to hold fast to something, and misled by the violence of this indefinite desire, I was confusing it with the desire for the infinite.
Simone de Beauvoir, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter (via philosophybits)