Western Mountain Heather (Cassiope mertensiana) VIII.24.08 [ click photo for next . . . ]
Cassiope was a favorite genus of the 19th century conservationist
and lyrical naturalist, John Muir. The extraordinary beauty of
its tiny inverted urn-shaped flowers makes it easy to see why.
I can't help thinking of the ancient Greek notion of 'hebe',
the bloom of youth or the very peak of beauty of the young
women as she is about to become a bride. Hebe, of course,
is also the name of the goddess, daughter of Zeus. Homer speaks
of her as the princess who was the divine domestic, a cupbearer
to the gods. At a rocky 2200 meters, on a west-facing slope,
one can't help bending down on one's knees and exclaiming,
"Good god, that's beautiful!"
Fundamentalism—whether economic, or political, or
religious—is always based on the twin principles of
Absolute Belief & Absolute Authority.
That is why fundamentalism is incompatible with democracy,
and why it necessarily eschews rational debate.
Every house built upon its foundations becomes necessarily
a kind of prison, a prison on the verge of collapse.
Between the larch needle and leaf of the water-lily,
Nature draws its circle.
HEROES, PAST & FUTURE
In the past,
w h o l e.
Broken Bridge Camp,
Eagle Cap Wilderness,
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