“Some paintings become famous because, being durable, they are viewed by successive generations, in each of which are likely to be found a few appreciative eyes.
I know a painting so evanescent that it is seldom viewed at all, except by some wandering deer. It is a river who wields the brush, and it is the same river who, before I can bring my friends to view his work, erases it forever from human view. After that it exists only in my mind’s eye.
Like other artists, my river is temperamental; there is no predicting when the mood to paint will come upon him, or how long it will last. But in midsummer, when the great white fleet’s cruise the sky for day after flawless day, it is worth strolling down to the sandbars just to see whether he has been at work.”
― Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There
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Love your photography; love your words!
Thank you, I needed a lift today and you’ve given one. Blessings!
😮 Spectacular photograph.
You would love the Leopold farm site. The Sand County Almanac. Not many successful restoration sites. They lived there as a family whenever they could away, even when the river was in flood (and the had to boat to the shack), or in winter, when they would ski in. http://www.aldoleopold.org/AldoLeopold/leopold_bio.shtml
Thank you for this, Charly.