Archive for the ‘Happiness’ Tag

Sabino Canyon — Photo-Artistry   Leave a comment

Blacketts Ridge March 2011View of Sabino Canyon From Blackett’s Ridge — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“But what is happiness

except the simple harmony

between a man and the life he leads?”

— Albert Camus

Each Day’s Magic Moment   Leave a comment

 

Patio Sunset Panorama blogPatio Sunset Panorama by kenne

Sometimes happiness is a blessing,
but generally, it is a conquest.
Each day’s magic moment
helps us to change and sends us off
in search of our dreams.

— Paulo Coelho

Happiness Is What You Make Of Life   2 comments

Clouds (1 of 1)-3 blogClouds Over the Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

“Too many Americans have twisted the sensible right to pursue happiness into the delusion that we are entitled to a guarantee of happiness. If we don’t get exactly what we want, we assume someone must be violating our rights. We’re no longer willing to write off some of life’s disappointments to simple bad luck.”

— Susan Jacoby

 

Moon Glow   2 comments

RiverBlueMoon7.4 II_edit art blog“Moon Glow” — Computer Painting by kenne

Sometimes happiness is a blessing,
but generally, it is a conquest.
Each day’s magic moment
helps us to change and sends us off
in search of our dreams.

from By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho

Hiking In The Flow — Another Friday Hike In The Rain   1 comment

Sunset Trail HikeReturning to Marshall Gulch for cover — Images by kenne

This week’s hike was from the Sunset trailhead to Marshall Gulch, up to Marshall saddle and back to the Sunset trailhead. Because of heavy rain and unnerving lightning, we turned back before reaching the saddle. Since one of our cars was at the Marshall Gulch trailhead, all the drivers were taken back to the Sunset trailhead, returning to rescue the remaining wet hikers.

This is my fourth or fifth time hiking Sunset trail, which I prefer to call Sunrise, since the hikes are always in the morning, but I’ve never hiked the trail in the sun — it’s always been cloudy with at least a misty rain. Yesterday was the first time for the rain to be heavy on this hike.

It’s nice to get the much-needed rain on the mountains, only if we could get some of it in the valley. At least the rain on the mountains is flowing down to Sabino Canyon and the dam area — the latest report is that the Sonoran Desert Toads are breast-stroking and piggy-back riding around the pools croaking contentedly. There’s a 30 % chance of rain again today.

As with the mountain streams, hiking and life is all about the flow — “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”

“The fact that you were completely immersed in what you were doing, that the concentration was very high, that you knew what you had to do moment by moment, that you had very quick and precise feedback as to how well you were doing, and that you felt that your abilities were stretched but not overwhelmed by the opportunities for action. In other words, the challenges were in balance with the skills. And when those conditions were present, you began to forget all the things that bothered you in everyday life, forget the self as an entity separate from what was going on — you felt you were a part of something greater and you were just moving along with the logic of the activity.” — Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

kenne

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Marshall Gulch photo (8) blogiPhone image by Jeff

When Given A Gift, The Only Appropriate Response Is Gratefulness   3 comments

Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist (SCVN) Dan, with Kindergarten Students — Image by kenne

When given a gift, the only appropriate response is gratefulness. Life is a gift.  Each day is filled with blessings — just by our presence, we are able to express our gratitude.

I’m grateful I can spend time in nature capturing its many beautiful moments. Still, for many, it is easy to miss the beauty of nature. Many do not have the opportunity to spend time out in nature. However, through the time-lapse photography of Louie Schwartzberg’s we can experience the stunning beauty of nature. (See Moving Art by Louie Schwartzberg)

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials.

The following video is a TEDx San Fransisco presentation, which includes his short film on Gratitude and Happiness, reminding us of the precious gift of life, and the beauty all around us.

kenne

 

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