Photo-heart connection: an infinite storm of beauty

“Standing here, one learns that the world, though made, is yet being made; that this is still the morning of creation.” ~ John Muir, Travels in Alaska

I always enjoy being part of Kat’s Photo-Heart Connection and visiting the other participants’ blogs.  Haven’t done it before? You can learn more about how to find your Photo-Heart Connection here.

This summer we cruised Alaska’s Inside Passage.  Many have already done so and many more still will, yet the experience of being amidst the glaciers and seeing them before me felt individual and powerful.  When I think of the sheer time and the amount of snowfall it takes to form such beauties, I am speechless.  We are but dust in the grand scheme of the universe, and yet I clearly felt that each of us was formed with intention and great love.  I felt a surge of purpose while staring in wonder at the giant marvels before me.  I am profoundly grateful to have photos of the experience.

Photo Heart glacier

Since returning home, I have been reading individual narratives of wilderness exploration and life in remote areas of Alaska.  John Muir, perhaps the quintessential conservationist, who had such passion for the wilderness of Alaska and California, says it much better than I ever could.

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.~ John Muir, Travels in Alaska

Click here to view my other Photo-Heart connection posts and here to see a linky list to the other participants’ blogs.

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“Nothing can make our lives, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

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16 Responses to Photo-heart connection: an infinite storm of beauty

  1. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful photo of your trip. The height of those glaciers is awe-inspiring! Have you read Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska? I haven’t actually read the journal but the images really captivate me. Here’s a link to the book (1920):
    http://archive.org/details/wildernessjourna00kent

    • Naomi says:

      Kristen, I am on a wild quest for more Alaska books and am really loving them, so thank you so much for your suggestion. I hadn’t heard of that one so I ordered a used copy just now and I look forward to reading it. One I absolutely loved that I bought in a Skagway bookstore is “One Man’s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey,” written from the journals of Richard Proenneke. It’s so fascinating how people carve out a life in the mountains and glaciers there. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I absolutely love that quote. What an amazing experience you’ve had!
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  3. Rinda says:

    Lucky enough to have taken a similar cruise, and I agree completely at the overwhelming presence of nature up there. Thanks for sharing. Happy PHC,
    Rinda

  4. Gorgeous quotes and what an amazing photo! I love nature – – it’s a spiritual connection for me. I’ll be joining you in the kindness challenge :).
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  5. Amy Putkonen says:

    Oh! That is most definitely on my bucket list! (Well, if it isn’t already I am going to add it because it should be!) This is one of those beautiful things that I have always wanted to see. Your photo is stunning! I love its immensity. Thank you for sharing this!
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  6. It’s hard to imagine actually seeing this majesty in person
    …..it must stretch your heart wider just to take it all in.
    thanks for sharing the glory,
    Jennifer

  7. Kat Sloma says:

    “An infinite storm of beauty.” What a wonderful phrase! Having cruised the inside passage myself I understand what you mean. There are few places on earth where you feel as if you are just one tiny, insignificant piece in a greater whole, and that’s one of them. Thank you for sharing in the Photo-Heart Connection this month, and reminding me of my experience with your beautiful image and words!
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  8. What an incredible opportunity that must have been. It is something I’d like to do one day as well. Thank you for sharing.
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  9. Love this photo….stunning. The first time I saw an iceberg I learned the meaning of “taking your breath away.” I love the quote, too!
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  10. Oh what a gorgeous photo! Awe inspiring. Like Amy this journey is one to add to my bucket list. It’s so wonderful when we can allow ourselves to be impacted and shifted and expanded by connecting with nature. I’m so glad you had this opportunity.
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    • Naomi says:

      Thanks, Deborah. Yes, nature such as the sheer wild expanse in Alaska just stunned me. I felt small compared to such splendor and yet how amazing our bodies are in their complexity.

  11. Elsie says:

    What an impressive nature how great it looks on your photo
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