no. 88, the finale

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring  Will be to arrive where we started  And know the place for the first time. 
     T.S. Eliot -- "Little Gidding" (the last of his Four Quartets)

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parting words,

"there are no true goodbyes when the heart still holds dear the memories and the new beginnings, and there are always new beginnings that follow fantastic finales ... the years spent participating in this beautiful collaboration will always live deep in me, the sharing of of our light across the canadian landscape. love you all dear friends" (Darlene Kreutzer)

"It seemed a near impossible task to choose this final photo. Endings can be so very hard sometimes. We began this collaboration in the dead of winter & it seems fitting that we end it in Springtime, where everwhere you turn there are reminders of new beginnings... Darlene, Jaime & Maddie, I don't have the words to express what I feel in my heart. Thank you for saying YES to this collaboration all those years ago, it has been a truly magically journey. & thank YOU...each of you for witnessing its unfolding." (Kirsten Crilly)

"What a beautiful little nook we created together, where we could translate poetry into imagery. Each time a new set of pictures was revealed, it was like opening a little gift. I will miss the anticipation. I will miss creating beautiful things with the three of you. Big love to each of you, and to all who have taken the time to visit our lovely space. New adventures await..." (Jaime Brandel)

"I carry your heart - I carry it in my heart" (Madelyn Mulvaney)

no. 86

“She turned to the sunlightAnd shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbor: "Winter is dead.” ~A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young*

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no. 85

"All things share the same breath - the beast, the tree, the man, the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports" Chief Seattle no. 85

no. 83

The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light. ~Matthew Arnold

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no. 81

'If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.'

- Roald Dahl -

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no. 80

“For last year's words belong to last year's languageAnd next year's words await another voice.” (T.S. Eliot)

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no. 77

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them." ~Laurence Binyon From:: For the Fallen*

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no. 76

“Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your own presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement.” (Alice Koller) 076thefour

no. 75

We are rooted to the air through our lungs and to the soil through our stomachs. We are walking trees and floating plants.~John Burroughs

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no. 71

Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are. ~ Gretel Ehrlich

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no. 70

'His young eyes stored away each play of light, the sparkle of a jewel, the rich dressing of an altar, the burnish of a gold-toned saxophone or a field of blue stars.  The light fell upon the pages of his coloring book, across his child's hands.  Coloring excited  him, not the act of filling in space, but choosing colors that no one else would select.  In the green of the hills he saw red.
Purple snow, green skin, silver sun.
   ~ Patti Smith ~ (on Robert Maplethorpe) 'Just Kids'

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no. 69

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
~F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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